HCA Pastors 2017-18 



Father Mike Esswein
Annunciation Catholic Church in Webster Groves

Ordained in 1998, Fr. Mike's first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville. From 2005 to mid-June 2015 he served as associate pastor at St. Peter in Kirkwood. He has served as pastor at Annunciation since June 2015. 

Father Esswein can be contacted at:
frmikeesswein@goannunciation.com or
314-962-5955 Ext. 128

Father Paul Rothschild
St. John Paul II in Affton

Ordained to the priesthood on December 15, 1984, Fr. Rothschild has served as associate pastor of St. Ferdinand, St. Roch, Mary Queen of Peace, St. Joan of Arc and pastor of All Souls.  He spent eight years at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary before being assigned pastor of St. Dominic Savio in June 2013 and St. George in 2017.

Fr. Rothschild can be reached at:
frprothschild@stdominicsavio.org or
314-353-7629 Ext. 16 


Father Rick Schilli
Our Lady of Providence Catholic Church in Crestwood

Ordained in 1977, Father Rick spent the first twenty-five years of his priestly ministry in Catholic Education as chaplain and teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florissant, MO and at Bishop Du Bourg High School in St. Louis. During those years he resided at several parishes in Florissant and in south county. In 2002 he was appointed pastor of Saint John and James parish in Ferguson until its merger into Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish. In 2005, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Magdelen parish in St. Louis and in 2008, was appointed pastor of Most Sacred Heart parish in Eureka. Father Rick became pastor of Our Lady of Providence in June 2016.

Father Rick Schilli can be contacted at:
rschilli@olpstl.org or
314-843-3570 Ext. 13

Father Mike Grosch
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Shrewsbury

Ordained to the priesthood in 2011, Fr. Grosch has served as associate pastor at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, Sacred Heart Parish in Valley Park, and Ascension Parish in Chesterfield.  In 2017, he was assigned as the parochial administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Shrewsbury.

Father Grosch can be reached at:
mgrosch@stmike.org or

Monsignor John Brennell
Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church in Affton 

Father John, as he prefers to be called, was ordained in 1978. He served as a deacon at Ascension in Chesterfield, and as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Mercy, Transfiguration, St. Patrick in Wentzville and St. Stephen Protomartyr. He was Priest Personnel Director for five years. He served almost 10 years as pastor of St. Peter in Kirkwood, for almost eight years at St. Joseph in Imperial and for three years at St. Monica in Creve Coeur. He has served as pastor of Seven Holy Founders since mid-June 2015. 

Father John can be reached at:
jbrennell@foundersaffton.org or