Fr. Shaughnessy is the 6th of 7 children born to Joe and Rosemary Shaughnessy of St. Louis. Faith in Almighty God, strong family life, and an unwavering conviction to perform to the very best of one's God-given ability were the guiding principles in the Shaughnessy family home. After Catholic grade school and high school, Fr. Shaughnessy pursued a career in architecture graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Architecture in 1993 and a Master of Architecture in 1996. After receiving his graduate degree, Father worked in the private sector in the design and construction industry before entering seminary in 2006 at the age of 35.
Why did it take Father Shaughnessy 35 years to enter seminary? At the time, Father S. was not exactly sure. But looking back and realizing that life is a journey after reflecting on those 35 years, Father realized that God can and does use everything for “the good” if we allow it.
Father Shaughnessy loves being a priest and he loves being the Pastor of St. Joseph Imperial.
A native of St. Louis, Sr. Carol lived with her family on The Hill and attended St. Ambrose School and Cor Jesu Academy. Following a year in the workforce, she entered the Congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, CT. She earned a B.A. from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Sr. Carol also has an M.A. from Fordham University, where she studied History and Political Science, and an M.A. in Education and Administration from St. Louis University.
As an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sr. Carol’s past ministries have included teaching and administration on the secondary and elementary levels in CT, NY, NJ, and MO. Her St. Louis experiences include Cor Jesu Academy, St. Ambrose, and St. Catherine Laboure. Sr. Carol has been at Saint Joseph School since 2016.
Fr. Vollmer grew up in the small town of Cottleville, 40 miles west of St. Louis, and is the oldest of seven children. He cites the Most Precious Blood Sister who taught him in grade school as one of the biggest influences of his life. He attended a public high school
which gave him a renewed perspective on what he cherished about his Catholic faith.
After pursuing education that would lead to a career as a pharmacist, Fr. Vollmer had what he calls an “epiphany” and realized he needed to see what the seminary might be like and if he was being called to the priesthood. His fears were allayed after he entered the seminary where he spent two years at Cardinal Glennon College and 4 years at Kenrick Theological Seminary.
Since his ordination in 1977, Fr. Vollmer has served in parishes throughout the St. Louis area as well as in Las Vegas, where he was “loaned” for six years. A Cardinals and Blues fan, Fr. Vollmer also has artistic interests and enjoys taking mission trips to Mexico.
Fr. Vordtriede attended grade school at St. Martin of Tours and graduated from St. Louis University High School, after which he attended Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Prior to arriving at St. Joseph, he was assigned to Holy Infant in Ballwin for four years.
Attributing his call to the priesthood to the positive example of several parish priests and teachers, Fr. Vordtriede cites a personal invitation to a "Come and See" weekend at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary as the work of the Holy Spirit encouraging him to actively discern his vocation.
With eclectic interests ranging from "Weird Al" Yankovic music to JFK assassination conspiracy theories to Disney movies, Fr. Vordtriede also enjoys history and politics, the Holy Land, Cardinals baseball, and meals with friends.