Welcome to our diocesan vocation website for priesthood, “Discover the Priesthood.” I was asked by the vocation director to tell you a little about myself. I was born August 14, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri to George and Carrie Lee Gaydos. I attended St. Agnes School and Parish from 1943-1957. For high school, I attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary from 1957 to 1961 and continued my college studies at Cardinal Glennon College, graduating in 1965. I then traveled to Rome to live at the North American College and to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from which I graduated in 1969.
I was honored and blessed to be ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1968 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Bishop Francis F. Reh, Rector of the North American College was the Bishop who ordained me.
Returning to Missouri in 1969, I became the Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, MO until 1974. From 1974 to 1977, I was the Associate Pastor at St. Cecilia’s Parish in St. Louis. In 1977, I was made the Secretary to the Archbishop and Master of Ceremonies in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and served in these roles until 1990. At that time I was appointed Pastor of St. Gerard Majella Parish in Kirkwood, MO. Then on February 14, 1996, I was appointed Vicar General of the St. Louis Archdiocese. My appointment as Vicar General would last just over one year. On June 25, 1997, Pope St. John Paul II appointed me Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City. I was installed as the Third Bishop of Jefferson City on August 27, 1997.
I hope you spend some time exploring this website. Take much of what you learn here to prayer. Know of my daily prayers for everyone including you in your discernment and for the seminarians and priests of our Diocese. God bless you!