Cathedral of Saint Peter


Monsignor John T. Myler, Rector of the Cathedral, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Belleville on November 27, 1982. A native of East St. Louis, he is the son of the late Bernard and Emma (Kurtz) Myler. He graduated from Holy Angels School and Assumption High School and received three Master’s Degrees (in Communication Arts from St. Louis University, and in Divinity and Dogmatic Theology from Kenrick Seminary). Father has been awarded two doctorates (the Doctor of Ministry in Liturgical Preaching and the Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology). Before coming to the Cathedral as Rector, Father Myler has served as Pastor of St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s in Belleville and Holy Family in Cahokia. His family – including a niece and two nephews – all reside in the St. Louis area. Monsignor Myler also serves the Diocese of Belleville and the Bishop in several capacities.  Pope Benedict XVI named him a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2012.


Mrs. Linda Hobbs is a lifelong member of the Cathedral of Saint Peter. She attended Cathedral Grade School and Belleville East High School.  Mrs. Hobbs graduated with an elementary education degree from McKendree College. She has been teaching at Cathedral Grade School for nine years. She is currently the fifth grade home room teacher and the math coordinator for fifth-eighth grade. Mrs. Hobbs is married to Tom and has three children, all of whom graduated from Cathedral Grade School. She is looking forward to working with the students, parents, staff and parishioners of the Cathedral of Saint Peter to make this year a wonderful one.

Director of Religious Education

Sister Theresa Markus is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) with their Motherhouse based in South St. Louis. She grew up in Aviston, Illinois. She came to the Cathedral of Saint Peter in July of 1990 with 23 years of pastoral religious education experience in Illinois and Missouri. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Notre Dame College in St. Louis, MO and her Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of Chicago. She says the years she has spent at Cathedral have been very life-giving and growth-filled.


Deacon Dave Fields was ordained in May of 2013 and, the following month, retired from the US Navy after 32 years commissioned service.  He is a now a full-time, doctoral student at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.  Deacon Fields holds a law degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.  Born at Ft. Belvoir, VA, he grew up attending Catholic grade school in Ohio and St. Edward High School, Cleveland.  Deacon Fields and his wife, Bing, reside in Belleville with their daughter, Meilin.  Their son, Tom, is an undergraduate student at New York University.  They have been members of Cathedral Parish since 2006.

Deacon Wayne L. Weiler was ordained on May 25, 2013.  He and his wife Josie have been married for 33 years and have two sons, Jacob and Matthew.  Deacon Weiler is a 1978 graduate of Ste. Genevieve Senior High School and a 22 year veteran of the United States Air Force.  He received his Diaconal Formation from St. Meinrad School of Theology.  Deacon Weiler holds a Masters of Arts Degree, and a Bachelor of Science Degree.  He and his family have been members of the Cathedral of St. Peter since 1997.

Director of Music

Dennis York has served the Cathedral Parish and the Diocese of Belleville as Organist and Music Director for over 50 years and is the Director of the Cathedral Men’s and Women’s Choirs and Cathedral Cantors. He is a member of the Belleville Diocesan Liturgical Commission, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Director of Music Ministry Division, Treasurer/Registrar of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians.

Building and Grounds Committee

The purpose of the Building and Grounds Committee is to observe and to assess conditions of the parish grounds and properties. It also makes recommendations for repair and or replacements as required, and assists in obtaining quotations to submit to the parish and finance councils for approval.

Contact: John McCoy, 235.4822