Old St. Vincent Church Council
(Friends of Old St. Vincent Board)
The Old St. Vincent Church Council consists 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 on the council who will rotate off membership at 1, 2 & 3 year intervals. Listed below are the members with a brief biography and picture.
Father Allan Saunders
Father Allan is a native of Wisconsin and has been a priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for over 30 years. He has been the pastor of Old St. Vincent Chapel and St. Mary Cathedral for three years. As pastor, Father coordinates the mission of Old St. Vincent’s as a religious, cultural center.
We participate in the apostolate of the church to evangelize (tell the Good News of Jesus) through the religious services at the chapel and the artistic beauty of the building which helps all who enter experience the beauty and majesty of the God we worship
April holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus in leadership from Baker College. She is the Director of Health Information Management for Southeast Health and is an online adjunct professor for Stephen’s College in Columbia, Mo. Since moving here from Michigan and joining the OVC Chapel of Ease, she has served as a Lector and looks forward to growing her stewardship. OSV (especially the organ) hold a special place in her heart as it reminds her of her childhood church, St. Agatha in Redford, MI. She enjoys getting to know the parishioners and likes the family atmosphere.
Charles (Chuck) Ross – Council Vice President
Chuck and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He is very active at Old St. Vincent Church serving on the Council previously and presiding as President of the Council for 5 years. He is a Sacristan, Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Co-Chair of the church Decorating Committee, Usher and Greeter.
Robert (Bob) Shirley
Bob grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Central High School. He began his college career at Southeast Missouri State University and finished in Tennessee with a degree in Industrial Management. After a couple of years with McDonnell Aircraft, he started a 35 plus year career with Emerson Electric. With Emerson, he served in management positions at various locations in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. He is married to Janice Berry, who is also from Cape and a graduate of Notre Dame High School. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. He has been a member of Old St. Vincent’s since 2011 and has served one term on the Parish Council. He is anxious to continue his service to OSV.
Mark and his wife, Beth, are Cape Girardeau natives and have been married for 39 years. They have three children and 2 grandchildren. Mark attended St. Mary Cathedral Grade School, Notre Dame High School (’68) and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Marketing. He is Co-Chair of the Wedding Committee, a Sacristan, Chairperson of Diocesan Endowment Campaign, and has served twice as Chairperson for Diocesan Development Fund.
Carolyn (McCrate) Hajduk – Council Secretary
Carolyn is a Cape Girardeau native and 3rd generation family member of Old St. Vincent Church. She received the sacraments of Baptism through Confirmation at Old St. Vincent Church and sang in the grade school choir there. After graduating from Notre Dame High School (‘67), she attended the University of Kansas, receiving a Pharmacy degree and she is currently on staff at St. Francis Medical Center as a registered Pharmacist. Carolyn, with her late husband, David, returned to Cape after living 28 years in Houston, Texas. They were active members of St. Michael Parish. She is currently involved in giving tours of our beautiful church.
Helen Porter – Council President
Helen and her husband, Bob, have been married for 55 years. They have two sons. Their son Robert and wife, Tammy, live in Palm Desert, California. Their son Ken and wife, Jackie, live in McClure, Illinois. They are proud grandparents to four grandchildren. Their two sons and two children attended St. Mary Cathedral Grade School and Notre Dame Regional High School. Helen is a retired Orthopedic Nurse. She has been a member of Old St. Vincent since 1992 and enjoys attending Mass in such a beautiful English Gothic Church. She is an active member serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Greeter and Rosary Coordinator in May and October.
Carole and husband, Leon, have been members of Old St. Vincent’s for over 10 years, however, they have attended OSV since their boys were young. They have 2 sons: Craig and granddaughter, Cassie, age 9, who live in Perryville, MO. Mike and his wife, Marjorie, with granddaughter, Ashley, age 20 and grandson Brett age 18 live in Clinton Corners, NY. Carole retired after 30 years from St. Francis Medical Center where she worked in the Microbiology Dept. of the Laboratory. She has been an active member of Beta Sigma Phi (an International women’s social, cultural and service organization) for 48 years. She was also actively involved in the organization and planning of 4 state conventions with this same organization. She is currently on the Bereavement and Wedding Committees which have allowed her an opportunity to get to know many of the members of OSV.
Michael and wife, Sara, have been members at Old St. Vincent’s Church for nearly 7 years. While most of his involvement in the church has been playing the piano/organ, Lectoring, or listening to his wife sing during Mass. As a convert to the Catholic faith, he was, and continues to be, drawn to the Celebration of the Mass because of the deep traditions and rich history it offers. As a member of the Parish Council, he will dedicate himself to honoring the church’s heritage while planning for the exciting opportunities that OSV has in its future.
David and his wife, Cathy, have been attending Old St. Vincent since 2003. They have two children and 8 grandchildren. David graduated from Notre Dame High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He and his wife live on a farm near Kelso, Missouri. He is a real estate broker and has been for 26 years. He has served previously on parish council and is an Usher, Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan.