Father Robert Liss, nearing his golden jubilee, has been around in his 47 years as a priest. He has served north, south, downtown and rural. He taught at the south St. Louis archdiocesan high school Bishop Dubourg as well as coached soccer at St. Gabriel Parish while Pastor there.
Growing up in St. Engelbert's Parish in North St. Louis, Father Liss was a well-rounded active youngster. Not only a member of the parish choir and boy scouts, he played basketball, soccer and baseball. His family were hardworking devout Catholics. His father worked at the brewery while his mother was employed at Famous Barr.
He attended CBC high school and thought about attending West Point but his love was the priesthood, and there he headed with six of his other high school classmates. He was sent to the North American College in Rome where he gained his degree in theology and was ordained in December 19, 1962 and was part of the priesthood class of 1963.
Father Liss has always been an avid historian so St. Stephen and Richwoods does him well since there is a lot of history in the graveyard adjacent to his church. Being at St. Stephens for the better part of 17 years he has done a great deal of driving, since nothing is close. He enjoys visiting the sick, helping the poor, homeless, and the youth groups. He is proud of his St.Vincent de Paul Society, the store they have established. His quilt drawings and picnic, form a main source of income for his parish. His only wish is that he can keep serving the people that need him regardless of the parish assignment.
Father Liss is a good, good man. He has been pastor of St. Stephen's since 1992 and remains involved in community activities both in his parish and outside his parish boundaries like causes that protect the unborn and the right of every human to freely love and serve God.