Saint Francis Medical Center was recently honored with the Aim for Excellence Award (AIM) from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Saint Francis won in the small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals category with a quality improvement initiative to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates by 50 percent in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is the first year of the award which recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim—better health, improved care, and lower cost. Read more
To Bishop Rice, Bishop Leibrecht, my fellow priests, and classmates of Fr. Bill, sisters, deacons, beloved members of the Stanton family, Betty, Laura, Carol, and your loved ones, parishioners from parishes served by Msgr. Stanton, friends all, we come together in the celebration of the Lord’s liturgy and in prayer today for Msgr. William Stanton, or as we simply called him: Fr. Bill.
Fr. Ralph Duffner, or Fr. Jake as we called him, was Fr. Bill’s best friend and traveling companion. And when Fr Jake died in December of 2013, Fr. Bill simply mentioned to me, I want you to preach at my funeral. “I was going to have Jake preach,” he said, “but given Jake’s death, I would like for you to do so.” And for that reason, I am truly honored today. Read more
The following first appeared in Sept. 29, 2006 edition of The Mirror.
The reason for these stories is simply because younger priests of our diocese have said, “You ought to write these tales down for future generations.”
For the most part, names have been changed or forgotten. I always tell each tale for entertainment value. But before I forget all of them, I’m using this means to write them down, not as an historical record, but as a way of thanking all the wonderful people whom I have been privileged to work with and serve. It has been a wonderful journey and a spectacular ride! 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.