Rev. Matthew Rotert, Pastor
Reverend Matthew Rotert is the pastor of St. Peter’s Parish, as well as St. Therese Little Flower Parish. Fr. Matt hails from the small town of Montrose, Missouri, roughly 80 miles south of Kansas City, where both of his parents still live.
Prior to his assignment as pastor of St. Peter’s, Fr. Matt served simultaneously as pastor of Cathedral St. Joseph and parochial administrator of St. Mary Parish in St. Joseph, Mo. Ordained in 1994, Fr. Matt has also served as pastor of St. Columban Parish in Chillicothe, MO, Coronation of Our Lady Parish in Grandview, MO, and St. Mary Parish in Independence, MO.
Rev. William Fox, Associate Pastor
Father William Fox serves as Associate Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish. Fr. Fox grew up in central Nassau County on Long Island, New York. As a youth, he was very active in scouting, receiving both the Ad Altare Dei emblem and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
After receiving a degree in psychology from the State University at Stony Brook, NY, Fr. Fox spent over 20 years working in child welfare. During that time, he also continued to serve as a Boy Scout leader and served his parish as a cantor. Still, he could not shake the sense that God was calling him to the priesthood, and after much prayer he entered the seminary.
Fr. Fox attended Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and holds masters degrees in Divinity and Moral Theology. His formation has included diocesan assignments at Camps Savio and Bosco, Coronation Parish in Grandview, St. Ann in Plattsburg, St. Joseph in Easton, and Good Shepherd in Smithville. He is happy to be close to his mother and his sister and her family, all of whom live in Lee’s Summit.
Rev. Terry Bruce, Retired Priest in Residence
Our senior priest in residence, Fr. Terry Bruce, is a proud graduate of St. Peter’s School. He attended Hogan High School and St. John’s Seminary in Kansas City before entering the seminary at Conception Abbey to study for the priesthood. He will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination in 2017.
Fr.Terry celebrated his first Mass at St. Peter’s on Pentecost Sunday in 1967. Since then, he has served as Associate Pastor in four parishes and as Pastor in six, including Holy Trinity in Weston, St. Ann’s in Independence, St. Gregory’s in Maryville, St. Cyril’s in Sugar Creek, and Holy Cross and St. Elizabeth’s in Kansas City. He retired in 2013, but then served as Parish Administrator at St. Mary’s Parish in St. Joseph and at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lee’s Summit. During his career, he also spent a year and a half working as a missionary in Bolivia.
Throughout his priesthood, Fr. Terry has championed programs that encourage faith formation and offer assistance to the marginalized. He was instrumental in bringing Engaged Encounters marital preparation program to the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, as well as Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP), a spiritual renewal retreat now offered at St. Peter’s and several area parishes. Since his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to prison ministry.