Old St. Vincent Church Council

(Friends of Old St. Vincent Board) The Old St. Vincent Church Council consist of elected members from the Old St. Vincent Faith Community. The Church Council was organized to assist the pastor with the ministries performed at Old St. Vincent Church. There are nine members of the council that will rotate off membership at 1, 2 & 3 year intervals. Listed below are the members with pictures and brief biographies.

Fr. Allan Saunders
Fr. Allan became pastor of St. Mary Cathedral and Old St. Vincent Church in July 2014. The Church Council was organized to assist the pastor with the ministries performed at Old St. Vincent Church. The church council, in turn, relies on the spiritual direction and guidance that Fr. Allan so willingly gives to assist the council members in reaching their mission.
Mark Mueller
Mark, along with his wife, Beth, has been long time residents of Cape Girardeau, have three grown children, and are strong supporters of Catholic education. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State Missouri, and along with his twin brother, Steve, are owners of Stev-Mark Decorating Centre. Ever since he became a member of Old St. Vincent Church, Mark has had a serious interest in the historic preservation of the church. On many occasions he has contributed his time, talent, and his creative sense of historic preservation when called upon for repairs to the church. He is most appreciative of what the Catholic religion has given to him throughout his life, and wishes in return to give back to the church with his service on the council. Mark's term on the council will end in 2014.
Gary Evans
Gary is a long time member of Old St. Vincent's Church and is also an Euchristic Minister, greeter and lector. Him and his wife, Anne are very active in church activities.
Theresa Taylor
Secretary, webmaster
Theresa has been a member of Old St. Vincents for 20 years and is currently serving her second term as a church council member. She serves the OSV community as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Gift bearer, Greeter and wedding committee member. She also organizes and trains the Mass servers. David and Theresa have been married 30 years and have four children and seven grandchildren.Theresa teaches business classes at Cape Central High School, is the FBLA adviser and building tech.
Shirley Janice
Council Member
Janice Berry Shirley attended St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and earned her teaching degree from Southeast Missouri State University. After graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Shirley, and they have been married for forty-six years. They have two daughters, Lisa & Robin, who are both teachers as well. She is very proud of their two grand-children, Ryan, 5 and Leah, 1. She has spent many years as a teacher in the Ava, Missouri R-1 School District and, upon retiring from that school district, she & Robert moved back to their hometown of Cape Girardeau. Janice has been an active member of Old St. Vincent Church serving as both a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector at Sunday Mass. She has an interest in collecting antiques, gardening (V-P of Four Seasons Garden Club), and is an animal activist. One of her goals is to serve Old St. Vincent Church as a member of the Church Council. Janice's term on the council will end in 2014.
Larry Simon
Council Member
Larry joined Old St. Vincent Church in 2006, and is currently serving his second year of his first term as a church council member. He serves the OSV community as a Eucharistic Minister, Gift Bearer, and Greeter. He is a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council #11205. He retired as a Supervising Engineer from Ameren Missouri in 2003, and currently owns and operates LCS Refinishing, LLC, a furniture refinishing business.
Donna Joplin
Donna is serving her first term on the council and also serves as cantor for Sunday Mass. She works as an independent real estate appeaser.
Helen Porter
Council member
Helen is married to Robert Porter for fifty-one years.  She is the mother of two sons.  Robert and wife Tammy of Santa Rossa, California, and Kenneth and wife Jackie of McClure, IL.  She is the grand mother of seven and has lived in McClure since 1968.  Both of their children graduated from St. Mary’s School and Notre Dame.  She is a retired Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist.  After retirement she become involved in the beginnings of the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Old St. Vincent’s Rosary Group.  She is also a Lector, Greeter and Eucharistic Minister at Old St. Vincent’s.
Claudette Hency
Council member
Claudette Hency
I have three grown children, six grandchildren and one on the way.  I have been in the health care field for 35 years.  I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in nursing.  Presently I serve as Clinical Coordinator of General Surgery at Southeast Hospital.   Other activities include serving as a cantor and  acting in community theatre.