|Congratulations, Fr. Charles R. Kribs, on the
60th Jubilee of your ordination to the Priesthood:
May 15, 1951 - May 15, 2011
Rev. Charles R. Kribs was born on October 2, 1925 in Shawneetown, IL, and was raised in
Prairie du Rocher, IL. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1951 in Belleville, IL.
From 1951-1954 he was assistant at St. Mary's Parish in Centralia and Chaplain at St. Mary's
Hospital. He was assistant at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Herrin from 1954-1955, and at Holy
Angels in East St. Louis from 1955-1958. Hid first pastorate was St. Leo's in Modoc from
1958-1960. In 1960 he became pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kaskaskia and
Chaplain of Menard Penitentiary. In 1960 he was named Chaplain of St. Mary's Hospital in
East St. Louis. In 1962 he became pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Metropolis, where he
remained until July, 1970 when he was named pastor here at St. Mary's in Chester.
During Father's 16 years as pastor, care for the parish and the school was his focus. in 1971,
elections were held to revive the School Board. From 1978-1979, a major remodeling of the
church took place which included the installation of new pews, carpeting and flooring, and
the addition of several new ranks to the organ. Those who were here during Fr. Kribs'
pastorate have fond memories of many things such as his beloved dog Tringle and the ice
cream treats he provided on special occasions to the school children. On leaving St. Mary's
in July, 1986, Fr. Kribs said "For me, this parish family was a very special portion of God's
vineyard to work in these 16 years. I leave with so many happy memories of all of you. Only
God knows the many blessings and graces we shared together in this beautiful family of St.
Fr. Kribs then served as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Smithton for one year, then
was named pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Prairie du Rocher where he served until his
retirement in 1996.
- Information taken from St. Mary's 150th anniversary book published in 1992.