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Our History

St. Ferdinand Catholic School and Parish is located in Florissant, Missouri within the Archdiocese of St. Louis. St. Ferdinand has a rich tradition and missionary heritage. In the mid 1700's the French entered the Mississippi Valley as settlers, farmers, and merchants. They named the area "Valley of Flowers" or "Florissant" due to the beauty of the valley. A French Catholic village was established and named St. Ferdinand de Florissant after St. Ferdinand III, who was King of Castile, Spain from 1217 to 1252.

The first church was built in 1789. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne founded the first Society of the Sacred Heart motherhouse in the United States on the parish grounds. She also established the first Indian school for girls in the U.S. and a free school for boys and girls at St. Ferdinand's. Also, Father Peter DeSmet, known as the Apostle of the Indians, was ordained at St. Ferdinand's in 1827.

The Sisters of Loretto came to the parish to staff the school in 1847. The Sisters of Loretto served longer at St. Ferdinand (113 years) than at any other school in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Priests of the Society of Jesus oversaw St. Ferdinand parish until 1958 when archdiocesan priests were assigned. In 1957 a new St. Ferdinand Church was built on Charbonier Road.  Florissant residents prevented the demolition of the old church and it is now preserved as the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine.

The combination church and school building at the new site was used until December 1960, when a new church was built. From 1958 to 1961 the parish tripled in population. Several additions to the school were built in the late 1950's and 1960's. 

In 2018 the All Saints Academy was formed. All Saints Academy and St. Ferdinand Parish partnered with the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the two parishes at St. Norbert and St. Rose Philipppine Duchesne to create a partnership school with shared student, staff and parent resources. Our school is now known as All Saints Academy - St. Ferdinand Campus. Currently, there are roughly 225 students are enrolled in the school. ASA-St. Ferdinand students are continuing their rich tradition and missionary spirit through their studies, worship, and service to the community.  

Our Parish School of Religion has combined with St. Sabina Parish.  All grades attend St. Sabina but continue to receive their sacraments here at St. Ferdinand.

Succession of Priests of 
St. Ferdinand

Pastors

Bernard de Limpach, O.M. (Capuchin) – 1789

Jean Antoine Le Dru dit Jacobin – 1789-1792

Pierre Joseph Didier, O.S.B. (Benedictine) – 1792-1798

Leander Lusson (Recollect) – 1798-1804

Thomas Flynn, O.M. (Capuchin) – 1806-1808

M. Bernard Langlois, O.C.R. (Trappist) – 1809-1810

Urban Guillet, O.C.R. (Trappist) – 1810-1811

Marie Joseph Dunand, O.C.R. (Trappist) – 1811-1820

Charles De La Crois, 1820-1823

Charles F. Van Quickenbourn, S.J. 1823-1827

Theodore de Theux, S.J. – 1827-1829

Judocus Van Assche, S.J. – 1829-1835

James G. Busschotts, S.J. – 1835-1836

Judocus Van Assche, S.J. – 1836-1838

Victor Paillasson, S.J. – 1838

John Gelizal, S.J. – 1838-1840

James Cotting, S.J. – 1840

Judocus Van Assche, S.J. – 1840-1853

Florian Sautois, S.J. – 1853-1857

Judocus Van Assche, S.J. – 1857-1877

Adrian M. Hayden, S.J. – 1877-1884

Adrian Sweere, S.J. – 1884-1885

William F. Boex, S.J. – 1885-1893

Joseph P. DeSmedt, S.J. – 1893-1895

Joseph R. Real (Riehl), S.J. – 1895-1896

Francis Hillman (Heuvelmans), S.J. 1896-1911

Michael Speich, S.J. – 1911-1919

Joseph M. Milet, S.J. – 1919-1925

William H. Trentman, S.J. – 1925-1944

James V. Fallon, S.J. – 1944-1949

Lawrence L. Cusak, S.J. – 1949-1953

Harry B. Crimmins, S.J. – 1949-1953

Edward W. Courtney, S.J. – 1955-1958

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John R. Phelan – 1958-1967

Joseph A. O’Brien – 1968-1974

John P. Holland – 1975-1991

Gary M. Gebelein – 1991-2002

John G. Dempsey – 2002-2008

A. John Schuler – 2008-2017

Thomas J. Haley – 2014-2016

Michael G. Murphy – 2016 – present

 

Associates

Charles Bell – 1894

Joseph G. Kernion – 1895

Peter Bouige – 1898-1899

James Paulus – 1913-1921

Michael Eicher – 1924-1927

Michael R. Speist – 1928-1937

Charles A. Imbs – 1938-1941

Alfred F. Schneider – 1942

Francis J. Coffey – 1943-1944

Joseph F. Kiefer – 1944-1947

William F. Trentman – 1945-1946

Stephen J. Egan – 1947

Anthony J. Adams – 1948-1950

Joseph A. Herbers – 1951-1952

George T. Andrews – 1951

Marion B. Budzinski – 1942-1954

Henry H. Regnet – 1956-1957

Edward A. Thro – 1958

John H. Knittel – 1958-1963

John J. Houlehin – 1960-1961

Gregory L. Schmidt – 1961-1967

Joseph T. Shocklee – 1964-1965

Robert Foley – 1966-1967

Alexander Lippert – 1967-1968

Norman C. Schrodi – 1968-1969; 1971-1974

John. F. Fitzgerald – 1968-1969

John L. Mayer – 1970 – 1973

James W. Schaefer – 1969-1970

James F. Stauber – 1972-1975

Joseph W. Banden – 1974-1978

Adolph H. Ayd – 1974-1979

Michael S. McGrath – 1975-1977

George Galovich – 1976-1977

Eugene E. Utrup – 1978-1979

Robert Samson – 1979-1984

Gerald T. Will – 1980-1983

Kevin V. Schmittgens – 1983-1984

Mark L. Fuller – 1983-1984

Paul J. Rothschild – 1985-1990

Raymond B. Leirmann – 1987

James P. Grady – 1988-1992

Donald Heck – 1990

Joseph J. Ryan – 1990-1992

Timothy Cronin – 1991-1993

Patrick Christopher – 1992-1996

Glennon Goellner – 1993-2000

Michael G. Murphy – 1996-1998

Richard J. Rath – 1998-2001

Eugene G. Robertson – 2001-2004

William J. Baier – 2004-2013

Timothy J. Henderson – 2004-2007

Joseph S. Post – 2007-2011

John C. Nickolai – 2013-2016

David E. Rauch - 2016-2019

Nicholas J. Muenks - 2019 - present