About Us

The Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri was started in light of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu propio ("on his own impulse," meaning, written by him) Summorum Pontificum. This document replaced Pope Saint John Paul II’s 1988 motu propio Eclesia Dei, both of which granted greater freedom to celebrate the Tridentine Form of the Mass, which was never forbade nor meant to be discouraged (including by the documents of Vatican II).  We hold this form of the Mass, and the traditions passed down within, in high regard, as did many of our ancestors.

Many of the Latin Mass Society’s members attend the Extraordinary Form weekly, but must travel ninety miles or more to another Diocese, as the Diocese of Jefferson City does not have this available. Its members strive that there may one day be a wider acceptance of this Holy Mass, wider availability, and continuation of the universality over two millennia which it provides.

In 2013, residents around Kirksville requested permission to celebrate the Extraordinary Form at Mary Immaculate in Kirksville, and was allowed January 23, 2014 with Father Arnauld DeVillers celebrating. The church was overflowing with faithful eager to participate in, and some discover, this ancient form of the Mass. In 2015, permission was not granted, yet, there were two Masses celebrated – one outdoors on private land, and the other in a private cabin.

The year 2015 came and went, and 2016 began with a renewed effort to bring the Latin Mass to Northeast Missouri. In January, there were three consecutive celebrations of the Traditional Mass at the Saint Rose of Lima Church in Novinger, MO, with Father Robert Fromageot as celebrant. Since that time, the Holy Mass has been celebrated monthly on a Sunday afternoon, with a light supper following, and sometimes a mini retreat with topics ranging from anything including the history of the Latin Mass, Gregorian Chant, differences between the Tridentine and Novus Ordo Missaes, and much more.

In May of 2016, the Society received news of a great blessing – word of our efforts to promote the Tridentine Mass in the Diocese had reached the Vatican! Monsignor Richard Soseman of the Diocese of Peoria, who normally resides in Rome as a Diocesan Judge for the cause for sainthood of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, made contact with Monsignor David Cox (of Mary Immaculate in Kirksville, who is in charge of the mission at Novinger). Monsignor Soseman graciously offered to celebrate the Holy Mass, as well as give a speech on the Sheen cause. This occurred on June 18, with over eighty people attending.

As of the writing of this article, the future masses celebrated in Latin are scheduled on a month by month basis, so check the events page, sign up for our newsletter, or find us on Facebook (The Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri). The Mass normally starts at 4:00 pm, with our Lady’s Rosary being prayed twenty minutes before. Afterwards, there is usually a light supper, and sometimes a lecture on certain topics. As of late, we have met at Novinger, MO at Saint Rose of Lima Church. We hope you will join us in the worship of our Lord, ever present in all the tabernacles of the world. We also pray that, with the intercession of our Blessed Mother, there may soon be a regular celebration once again in this Diocese. Pax Christi!