Notre Dame in LaGrange absorbed into St. Joseph in Canton
As part of an effort to solidify the Catholic presence in northeastern Missouri, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued a decree folding the Notre Dame mission in LaGrange into neighboring St. Joseph parish in Canton, effective Aug. 23.–Catholic Missourian
He did so in response to a written request signed by Father Robert Fields, canonical administrator of the parishes in Lewis County and pastor of the Clark County parishes; Sister Jane Weisgram SSND, parish life collaborator for the Lewis County parishes; and the members of the Notre Dame pastoral council.
The diocesan Presbyteral Council reviewed the request on Aug. 20, 35 years and one day after the dedication of the current Notre Dame Church building.
Based on several factors, most notably the spiritual wellbeing of all the faithful, the Presbyteral Council unanimously advised Bishop McKnight to grant the request.