“It is part of your vocation to shout the Gospel from the rooftops, not by your words, but by your life.” – Blessed Charles De Foucauld (1858-1916)

About Maryville, MO and Nodaway County, MO

The community of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, which consists of our 950-family parish and an accredited preschool through 8th grade elementary school is located in the northwest corner of the state in Maryville, Missouri, the county seat of Nodaway County.

With a population of over 12,000, Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, a 4-year regional college that provides an excellent education in numerous undergraduate and graduate areas as well as a free laptop and textbooks to all full-time students.  With great community support, the NWMSU Bearcat football team won the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 1998, 1999, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The NCAA National Basketball Men’s Division II Championship was won in 2017 and 2019.  Go to nwmissouri.edu for more information.


Many recreational opportunities abound in this area.  With over 3,000 acres including 1,000 of lake, Mozingo Lake Recreation Area has an 18-hole public golf course, a beach, boat ramps, picnic areas, furnished cabins, RV and tent camping, remote control air field, equestrian camping and trails and a youth camp.  Mozingo Lake is also Maryville’s main source of water.  Visit mozingolake.com for more information.

SSM Health St. Francis Hospital

In 1970, St. Francis Hospital opened it doors at its current site in Maryville after serving the health care needs of patients at its old hospital for more than 76 years.  In 1990, the hospital adopted its quality management paradigm known as Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).  This change lead to tremendous innovation as patient care and customer satisfaction became the final measurement of clinical success.  After six years of quality-based initiatives, St. Francis Hospital & Health Services received the prestigious Missouri Quality Award in Health Care.  Since then St. Francis has been recognized for their commitment to CQI as a regional and state finalist in the Missouri Quality Team Award category.  Find more information at ssmhealthstfrancis.com.

Conception Abbey and Seminary College

Just 20 miles east of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, is Conception Abbey and Seminary College.  Started in the 1800’s by 2 priests from Switzerland, the present site continues to provide spiritual, character and academic formation to young men who are considering the priesthood.  You will want to visit the Abbey not only to purchase greeting cards and other religious items printed at their Printery House, but also to be awed by the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, where the monks meet 6 times a day for prayer.  For more information, visit conceptionabbey.org.

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

A short drive from the Abbey in Clyde, MO is the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  Established shortly after Conception Abbey, the sisters arrived from Switzerland to help the Benedictine monks minister to the area’s large German population.  The sisters taught at their academy and cared for God’s children at their orphanage.  Now the majority of the nuns bake and provide altar breads to many parishes throughout the U.S. as well as a number of foreign countries.  Go to clydemonastery.org for more information.

Maryville High School

8th Grade Graduates of our St. Gregory’s Catholic School go on to attend Maryville High School.  Home of the Spoofhounds, Maryville is the only school with that mascot.  In fact, the name came to be by accident.  In the 1920’s, Maryville’s football coach got upset with his players in a practice and said they looked like a bunch of spoofhounds, referring to a 1920’s carnival toy.  The players started to refer to one another as spoofhounds and the name stuck.  Maryville’s Spoofhound mascot was recently chosen by ESPN as one of its top mascot names.  Visit Maryville.k12.mo.us to learn more.


Maryville is served by the Maryville Regional Airport located 2 miles west of Maryville.  The city-owned public airport has a concrete runway 4,600 ft long and 75 ft wide.  The airport manager offers flight instruction, mechanical work and fuel services (100LL).  A courtesy car is available for easy transportation to your hotel.  Call 660-582-2233 for more information.
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