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  • Names are listed in alphabetical order by surname, and entries include the parish he served with years.
  • If the church is listed only as "Jesuit," search the microfilmed records of parishes in St. Louis commonly served by the Jesuits, e.g. St. Anne, St. Ferdinand, St. Francis Xavier, and the St. Joseph, (Shrine of, German).

Characteristics of data extracted from city directories

  • Allowance should be made for the spelling variations and initials shown for some names due to common spelling and typesetting errors.
  • Dates shown for the time periods a priest served at one church may not necessarily be conclusive. Not every priest was listed every year.
  • Names of some of the churches were shortened or altered in the Directories. Most notable were the following, but not for every year listed above: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, shown as, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor. St. Cronan, shown as St. Cronin, St. Mark, shown as, St. Marc, St. Mary of Victories shown as St. Mary's, St. Teresa shown as St. Theresa, Sts. Mary and Joseph shown as St. Mary's.
  • In some directories, only the name of the church, the address, and the hours of service were listed, with the the name of the priest excluded.
  • Several churches listed only the name of the "order" serving that church, rather than the name of the priest. Notable among these churches were St. Anthony (Fathers of Franciscan Convent) and St. Alphonsus (Redemptorist Fathers). These listing were inconsistent, however, with the priest being listed one year but not the next.
  • St. Ann, in the county, disappeared from the listings in 1892.