The first Catholic priest to come to McGehee was a Benedictine missionary, Reverend Matthew Saettele.  The first church, St. Winand, opened on May 17, 1908, followed shortly thereafter by a new parish rectory and then a combined school and convent, opened in 1917 by the Benedictine Sisters of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  The lovely original brick St. Winand Church withstood the 1927 flood, and witnessed many joyous parish events over the years before being replaced by a new, larger church in 1957.  The new church, now called St. Mary, is still used to celebrate mass.  The school and convent have long since closed, but still function as the parish hall.  –Adapted from a May 5, 1991 article in the Arkansas Catholic written by Sister Eugenia Pellin.

St. Winand Church in the early 20th Century

St. Mary Catholic Church

401 N 3rd St.

McGehee, AR 71634

Call: 870-367-2848

Mass: Saturday 5:00 PM

St Mary History

St. Mark Church, Monticello (Drew County, AR)

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     St. Mark bulletins

Also attends (in Desha County, AR):

     Holy Child of Jesus Church - Dumas

     St. Mary Church - McGehee

St. Mark, Holy Child, and St. Mary churches are part of the South Delta Deanery of the Diocese of Little Rock


Phone:  (870) 367-2848

Fax:  (870) 367-5868

St. Mark Office:

110 North Hyatt Street

Monticello, AR 71655

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Office Hours:

     Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

St. Mark Rectory:

452 W. Jefferson St.

Monticello, AR 71655

(870) 367-5974

St. Mary Church:

401 North 3rd Street
McGehee, AR 71654

Holy Child of Jesus Church:

807 East Waterman Street
Dumas, AR 71639

Pastor:  Fr. Mark Abban
Secretary:  Denise Adams
Choir Director:  Anita Skinner
Director of Religious Education:  Hope Bragg

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