Oratory of Ss. Gregory & Augustine

Msgr. Michael Witt, Rector

frwitt@kenrick.edu

Msgr. Witt first entered the Christian Brothers and taught in Oklahoma and Tennessee. After ministering with the Christian Brothers for 22 years, he became a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Msgr. Witt is an important source on Church history and has given many presentations, including as the keynote speaker at the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly. He received praise for his work as interim president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary during a time of extensive renovations and the Faith for the Future capital campaign.  He is in the process of producing, recording and broadcasting (on Covenant Network) 80 half-hour long programs outlining the Catholic evangelization of America’s heartland. Ultimately, he is planning around 200 such programs. These will be the grist for a four-volume history of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis to succeed Father John Rothensteiner’s 1928 two-volume of the history of the Archdiocese. His recordings concerning the patristic period, the medieval period, the modern period and the contemporary period may be found on his website at www.michaeljohnwitt.com.  He has been the pastor, All Saints Parish, University City and on the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary from 2011-present and began his full professorship at the seminary in 2013. In June of 2017 he was assigned as the Rector to the Oratory of Ss. Gregory & Augustine.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Voss, Administrative Assistant

mevoss@hotmail.com

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.

Mrs. Judy Harig, Accountant and Bookkeeper

JudyHarig@archstl.org

Judy 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, she manages seven other parishes!

Elisabeth Corbalis, Organist and Choirmistress

Elisabeth.Corbalis@avemaria.edu

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!”

FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Mr. Thomas Gates, Chairman; Mr. Todd Grizzle, Charles Raymond and Mr. Kenneth Jones

According to the Code of Canon Law (1982), the purpose of the Finance Committee 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.

RECTOR’S COUNCIL:

Mr. Thomas Gates, Chairman of the Finance Council

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Catalano, Chairmen of the Education Committee

Mr. Allan Schwarb, Chairman of the Hospitality Committee

Alex Filla