Bishop Gaydos returns to St. Louis area


Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, who led the Jefferson City diocese from 1997 until 2018, recently moved to an apartment at St. Agnes Home, a retirement community run by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood.

His mailing address is: Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, St. Agnes Home, 10341 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.

“My heart remains in Jefferson City and I pray daily for all the local Church and everyone who is a part of it,” said Bishop Gaydos.

He had previously lived in the rectory at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City since retiring.

He said although he feels healthy for his age, the rheumatoid arthritis that’s been causing him discomfort for years is “taking its toll.”

“You’re not going to stop it,” he said. “All you can do is try to slow it down.”

Bishop Gaydos grew up in St. Louis and spent his first 28 years of Priesthood in the St. Louis archdiocese.

St. Agnes Home was established and continues to be run by the same community of religious sisters who served at what was previously known as St. Joseph Home in Jefferson City.

The home’s chaplain is Archbishop Emeritus Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis.

St. Agnes is named in honor of the same Roman martyr after whom Bishop Gaydos’s home parish and grade school in St. Louis were named.

He asks for prayers as he adjusts to his new home.