Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy
Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy celebrated 50 years of priesthood in 2017. Originally from Chicago, Father Tom, as he is known, has served in administrative roles in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau as well as pastoral service in several parishes. He is currently diocesan chancellor and vicar general as well as pastor of St. Francis and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield. He is a tried-and-true Chicago Cubs baseball fan.
Father Colby Elbert
Father Colby Elbert was ordained in 2017 in his hometown parish of St. Peter the Apostle, Joplin, after graduation from St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana. Besides a Master’s degree in divinity, Father Colby holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, and additional Master’s level studies in psychology. He plays disc golf, along with biking, sailing and skiing.
Father Michael V. McDevitt
Father Michael V. McDevitt retired in 2017 after 46 years of priestly ministry and diocesan leadership in vocations and youth ministry. Just prior to retirement, Father Mike served as sacramental priest at both St. Francis and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield, while also serving as rector of Springfield Catholic High School and director of Springfield Catholic Schools. He continues to be active in parish life at St. Francis.
Deacon Gary Steffes
Deacon & Director of Religious Education
Deacon Gary Steffes was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2013 in the Diocese of Jefferson City. After first serving at St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, he and his wife Joy moved to Nixa where Bishop Edward Rice assigned him to St. Francis on September 1, 2017. For more than three decades, Deacon Gary was Chief Financial Officer of Moberly Area Community College. He and Joy enjoy time with their three children and eight grandchildren.
Sheri Duncan has served St. Francis Parish since 2004, when the parish was in formation. She was asked to serve as its first Finance chair and later was co-chair of the inaugural Stewardship Council. Sheri retired from Nixa Public Schools in 2007 when she became our parish office manager.
Coordinator of Religious Education
Renee Truby has been serving as a Faith Formation Catechist and unofficial Coordinator of Religious Education since 2016, becoming the offical Coordinator in 2020. She holds a Health Technology Certification and was in the medical field at what is known now as Cox South Branson. Renee occupies leadership positions in Nixa School PTAs at John Thomas School of Discovery and Early Learning Center. She enjoys spending time, especially outdoors, with her husband Marc and 3 children: Michael, Evie and Luke. Renee and her family moved to Nixa in 2009 and joined St. Francis of Assisi in 2015. Renee’s greatest passion is sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children.
Involved in music ministry since age nine, Debbie Durham has been a music leader in several parishes in Iowa and Missouri and now serves as Music Director at St. Francis of Assisi. Debbie holds a BS degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a MA degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of Iowa (UI). She grew up on a dairy farm in Bernard, Iowa, and worked in Iowa City, Iowa as managing editor of a medical journal as well as various public relations and philanthropy positions for both the UI and UI Foundation for nearly 20 years. She moved with her family to Nixa in 2001. Debbie, her husband, Paul, and their children, Josh, Zach, Tyler, and Jessica, are founding members of St. Francis of Assisi parish.
All parishioners are encouraged to share their time and talents to support and grow our parish community.
The list of volunteers is countless, but to highlight a few:
RCIA Coordinator: Tracy King
Youth Director: Patty Haddock
Liturgical Ministry Coordinator: Chris Kahl
Liturgical Decorating Coordinator: Debbie Harris
Web Administrator: Janet Morehead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Three Advisory Councils made up of parishioners act as consulting bodies to our Pastor: