The Missionaries of the Precious Blood announce the 40th anniversary of Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
Fr. Richmeier, a native of Hill City, Kan., entered the Congregation in 1970 at Precious Blood Seminary in Liberty, Mo. He was ordained on June 18, 1983, at St. Patrick Church, Great Bend, Kan.
Fr. Richmeier has served as a counselor, in parish ministry, and in leadership roles with his congregation during his life as a priest.
After his ordination, he was assigned to parish ministry at St. Anthony Church in Linton, N.D.; St. Mary Church in Garden City, Kan.; and Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia, Mo.
In 1991, he was appointed director of initial formation for the Missionaries’ Kansas City Province, and also undertook graduate studies.
In 1994, Fr. Richmeier was named director of counseling at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Gladstone, Mo., where he also served as associate pastor. In 1996, he also became a part-time sacramental minister at St. James Church in Kansas City.
In 2002, he became a full-time sacramental minister at St. James, while continuing his counseling and pastoral roles part-time at St. Charles Parish.
Fr. Richmeier continued his ministries at St. James, even after he was elected provincial director of the Kansas City Province in 2019, a role he held until 2022.
Fr. Richmeier continues to counsel people, offering insights in person and through videos widely shared on YouTube. A recent series, entitled “Assembling God’s Puzzle,” helps people understand where to find God and how to listen to God in all phases of their lives. He continues to offer sacramental ministry at St. James.
Fr. Richmeier’s passion for renewing the Church to make it more inclusive through listening and dialogue with those who feel left out or left behind has been a central focus of his priestly and community ministry. Through his writings and his ministry as counselor and spiritual director, he has called the Community and those he accompanies to a deeper communion with God and with one another.