Father Bede Price, OSB, MA (Oxon), Rector
Father Bede is a Benedictine Monk of St. Louis Abbey. In December 2007, after presentation by Abbot Thomas Frerking, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke appointed him as first rector of the Oratory. He entered the monastery in 1990. He has taught Theology and History in the St Louis Priory School since 1992. Like many monks in the English Benedictine Congregation before him, he now divides his time between pastoral work, directing the work of the the Theology Department and teaching at the St Louis Priory School, and serving as Chaplain at the St Austin School.
Father Ambrose Bennett, OSB, MA, STL
The Oratory is fortunate to have Father Ambrose who occasionally supplies for us when the rector is away. After entering the Abbey in 1997, he has taught Theology and Spanish in the Priory School and is recently returned from Rome where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Aethenæum Sant’ Anselmo. In addition to his school responsibilities, Father Ambrose is the Monastic Librarian and assists in the novitiate.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Voss, Administrative Assistant
Mrs Voss comes to the Oratory after having spent a diverse career in business ranging from purchasing agent in Saudi Arabia to having her own cooking school with classes in Highland, IL. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She and her husband Mark have two sons, Jay and Matt, both of whom are recent graduates of the St Louis Priory School. Mary Ellen divides her time between her family, the Oratory, board member of The Cornerstone Catholic Scripture Study and board member of her family’s business.
Mr. Mark Lawrence, Accountant and Bookkeeper
Mark manages our financial administration as part of the finance office of the Archdiocese of St Louis. The program, which is called Shared Accounting works with more than 40 parishes, missions and schools throughout the Archdiocese. In addition to the Oratory, he manages seven other parishes! He is also a graduate of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, and Lindenwood University.
Elisabeth Corbalis, Organist and Choirmistress
Elisabeth directs our schola and serves as our organist at the Oratory. She has studied and assisted in sacred music for many years. Since her graduation at Ave Maria University with a degree in Sacred Music, she has been providing music for Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Elisabeth had been member of the St Francis de Sales Oratory priory to coming to the Oratory. She welcomes your participation in the schola!
Mrs. Barbara Twedt, Sacristan
In the sacristy there is always much work to be done, Barb takes responsibility for the altar, its vestments, linens and flowers as well as the sacred vessels and all the complex minutiæ of even our small sacristy. As someone once said “Probably no mere man, except he be a lay-brother in a monastery, will do the whole work satisfactorily, whereas a woman can do nearly all of it quite well!”
Mr. Thomas Gates, Chairman; Mr. Edward Meyer, Mr. Kenneth Jones
According to the Code of Canon Law (1982), the purpose of the Finance Council is to provide the rector with a group of the Christian Faithful who will aid him in the administration of the temporalities of the parish. Members of this committee are appointed by the rector for three year terms of office.
Mr. Thomas Gates, Chairman of the Finance Council
TBD, Chairman of the Stewardship Committee
Mrs. Marilyn Lonigro, Chairman of the Education Committee
Mr. Allan Schwarb, Chairman of the Hospitality Committee