At this moment, I find myself fulfilling one of the most important, challenging, and privileged tasks I have been given as bishop of this diocese—that of making pastoral appointments for our priests. I am pleased to announce the pastoral appointments which will take effect on Thu., July 6, 2017, unless otherwise noted. We welcome Fr. John Sullivan from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the international priests who will be joining our presbyterate from the Heralds of Good News (HGN) and the Dioceses of Nellore and Gunter, all of which are located in India. Please keep these priests in prayer as they take up their new appointments and responsibilities in the Church of Southern Missouri: Know that I depend on everyone’s prayers as well. I thank these men for their fulfillment of past responsibilities. Read more
The Annual St. Mary’s Chicken Dinner is always a great way to launch the summer! Bishop Edward M. Rice and many others joined pastor Fr. Shoby Chettiyath and parishioners as they served up some 1,300 meals and netted some $7,000 for parish needs!
Individuals impacted by the recent floods were able to access information and assistance at a one-day Outreach Center held on Wed., June 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.
Disaster response staff from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri were available to meet with survivors to identify and assess unmet needs, provide support and connection to other resources, and furnish information on next steps. Unmet needs may include temporary housing, replacing personal belongings, home repairs, and long-term needs related to financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the Rite of Ordination of Brian J. Straus to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Friday evening, May 19, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Hundreds of family, friends, and faithful were in attendance, including many diocesan priests and permanent deacons who participated in the liturgy.
The Mirror interviewed Rev. Mr. Brian Straus: Read more
Perpetual Adoration in Springfield
The small chapel to the north of the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield is never empty. There, people will be found in constant prayer and meditation, and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the reason why.
Since the Perpetual Adoration began this year, the challenge has been to get every hour scheduled so that the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone. A city-wide effort, each parish in and around Springfield is asked to encourage parishioners to participate, and each adorer is asked to commit to a specific hour each week. Read more
For a diocesan overview, see below
The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes all 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve over 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.