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Address: 3117 W. 4th Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

Tel: (601) 264-5192

Fax: 601 264 0834


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Fr. Mark Ropel

Tel : 601-264-5192

Email :

I grew up in Orange County, California. My parents are Joe and Mary Jean Ropel and I have a younger sister Linda Theodore. I graduated from Santa Clara University in 1984 and after completing ROTC at Santa Clara, served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  I received my Master’s in Theology Degree from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Desiring to give back, I taught high school religion at St. John’s High School in Gulfport,MS. I discerned religious life during this time and entered the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). I studied at the Angelicum in Rome. I was ordained a priest on February 9, 2002, by Bishop Carmody in Corpus Christi, Texas. I have served on troubled youth ranches in Clark Wyoming, and was Pastor and Team Leader for 6 Priests, 4 sisters and 30 volunteers on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. I discerned a move to the Diocese of Biloxi, and was incardinated on August 28, 2013.  I was named the Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas by Bishop Morin in November 2013 and began on January 15, 2014. I am excited to be here and look forward to taking the next step as an individual and parish with Our Lord.

Fr. James Smith

Tel: 601-264-5192


Deacon Ralph Torelli

Tel: 601-310-0104

Deacon Sean Fink

Phone: 601-467-2433


Parish Team

Cathy Englert


Tel: 601-264-5192

Bulletin Coordinator.


Kim McCloskey

Church Administrator.

Tel: 601-264-5192

Renee Lichtenhan

CCD Director.

Tel: 601.329.6075

Classes: Sunday 9am – 10am

Martha Abadie

Campus Minister for the CSA

Tel: 601.450.2520


CSA Website:

Kathy Schimel

Volunteer Coordinator

St. Thomas Prayer Line

Phone: 601-270-4741


Mary Englert

Website Coordinator


Shar Drennan

Social Media Coordinator

Brandon Dearmon

Choir Director