Hi! I'm Father Gerard Alba, the pastor of St. Pius X.
Welcome to our parish in Mission, KS!
I'm so glad you are here seeking to know our Lord in a loving community. May you find a home with us. May it be a place of rest and nourishment for you, in mind, body, and soul - a place to be who you were meant to be - to be fully alive in Jesus.
As part of our parish family, may you become inspired and strengthened in the Spirit of Jesus, joining us in actively living the Gospel as an instrument of Christ's love, truth, and mercy in the world.
On June 28, 1954, Archbishop Edward J. Hunkeler announced the formation of a new parish between Roe and Antioch and the county line to 65th Street. 5 acres of land at 55th and Woodson had been purchased in 1947 for a future parish. Father Francis Glowacki was appointed as the founding pastor. On the next day, 5601 Woodson was purchased for use as the rectory. On September 8, the parish is named St. Pius X after the recently canonized pope.
Ground was broken on February 27, 1955 and Archbishop Hunkeler blessed and lays the cornerstone on May 27, 1955. The First Mass and Blessing of the church by Archbishop Hunkeler was October 5, 1955. On January 27, 1956, St. Pius X School opened its doors to 290 students.
History of pastors:
Fr. Glowacki served St. Pius X to 1971.
Fr .Charles Brink served from 1971-1977.
Fr. John Rossiter was pastor of St. Pius X from 1977-1986. During his tenure, the parish debt was retired.
Fr. Robert Burger served St. Pius X from 1986-1991.
Fr. Robert Hasenkamp was pastor from 1991-2001.
Fr .Peter O'Sullivan was pastor of St. Pius X from 2001-2003.
Fr. Ken Kelly was pastor of St. Pius X from 2003 until his retirement in 2022.