The history of Saint Joseph's and Catholicism in Westphalia are forever linked as the parish and town were established together in 1835. Saint Joseph's is the oldest parish in Osage County and third oldest active parish in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
Our patron saint, St. Joseph is held in great honor by the Church because of his care for Jesus and his love for Mary. He is the patron of carpenters, homeless persons, orphans, the Carmelite Nuns, and is prayed to for a happy death because he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, founded in 1835, serves as the spiritual cornerstone of the German Catholic village of Westphalia, Missouri. The massive stone structure of the church building and the interior murals present a beautiful and reflective backdrop for worship. Father Mark S. Smith is the current pastor of St. Joseph Church.
St. Joseph School, located next to the church building, is the oldest school in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Classes began in 1838. Enrollment at the school remains steady and the students thrive on the solid values promoted by our Catholic faith and embraced by the parish family.
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