Thanks to an anonymous donor and under the leadership of former Director of Liturgy & Music Mary Jo Hoffshommer and former pastor Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, installed their Opus 3785 pipe organ in 1999. Originally, the organ boasted 22 ranks of pipes on two manuals and pedal, with preparations made for the addition of six more ranks at a future time.
23 years later, as St. Louis embarked on the United in Faith capital campaign under the leadership of Fr. J. Keith Stewart, VG, it was decided that the parish would raise funds to expand the choir loft to accommodate the growing music ministry and to finally finish the organ.
After much dialogue with Casavant and the lead architect at LRK, the parish decided to reconfigure the organ, raising the façade, adding pipework to give the instrument more foundation, and updating the original console with a new state-of-the-art system. Together with the Milnar Organ Company of Eagleville, TN, Casavant has created an instrument with even greater beauty, color, and gravitas, one that will serve St. Louis for generations to come.
Original Loft and Organ
Picture of updated loft and organ coming soon!