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Students at CCM try to ‘Stump the Bishop’

STUDENTS SURROUND BISHOP—Students in the O'Reilly Catholic Student Center, Springfield, held a Lenten session of "Stump The Bishop" with Bishop James V. Johnston on March 4, 2015. (Submitted photo)​
STUDENTS SURROUND BISHOP—Students in the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, Springfield, held a Lenten session of “Stump The Bishop” with Bishop James V. Johnston on March 4, 2015. (Submitted photo)​

Students in the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, Springfield, recently participated in one of Catholic Campus Ministry’s most enjoyed events:  Stump the Bishop. Held March 4, 2015, students from Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Missouri State University spent an evening with Bishop James V. Johnston, shared a meal, and were able to pose a variety of questions for an all-in-good fun effort to Stump the Bishop and learn more about current events and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more

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Chaplain program trains ‘instruments of peace’ for police, firefighters


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Fr. John Harth, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Jackson, MO, was recently featured in the Southeast Missourian for his work as an emergency services chaplain in the community. Check out this story from our friends at Cape Girardeau’s daily on our own Fr. Harth and his work as a Master Level Chaplain. As a lifetime member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Fr. Harth serves the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cape Girardeau County Chaplains Unit: (to link to the story, click on image below)

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Loving Jesus, serving Jesus, sharing Jesus

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“We love, because he first loved us.” —1 Jn 4:19


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You might recall that during last August’s Road Rally Revival, I visited all of our parishes and missions in order to present the diocesan Mutually-Shared Vision and priorities. In talking with the faithful, one of the greatest reactions I consistently received from our people was enthusiasm toward growing in holiness, to loving Jesus more. When I posed the question to those gathered at my road rally stops, all agreed that they could indeed love Jesus more and wanted to do so. To that end, a major goal in our One Church, East to West, is to help facilitate growing in holiness and thus, growing closer to God. A main way of doing this is by providing opportunities for people to encounter Christ anew, and for many, to encounter Him for the first time. It is through an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ that our hearts are opened to love. Read more

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Consecrated religious celebrate vocations

Seven women collectively mark 365 years of consecrated life with 2015 jubilees

JUBILARIANS—During the annual Gathering with Religious of the Diocese, Bp. James V. Johnston posed for a photo with consecrated women religious celebrating significant milestones in ministry: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Runde, SSND, 60 years, St. Cecilia Parish, Kennett, MO; Bishop Johnston; Sr. Cynthia Brinkman, SSND, 60 years, Casa Guadalupe Family Growth Center, Ellington, MO. (Photo by Sr. Jeanne Goessling)
JUBILARIANS—During the annual Gathering with Religious of the Diocese, Bp. James V. Johnston posed for a photo with consecrated women religious celebrating significant milestones in ministry: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Runde, SSND, 60 years, St. Cecilia Parish, Kennett, MO; Bishop Johnston; Sr. Cynthia Brinkman, SSND, 60 years, Casa Guadalupe Family Growth Center, Ellington, MO. (Photo by Sr. Jeanne Goessling)

Each year, the consecrated men and women religious of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau meet with Bp. James V. Johnston in two locations for a day of prayer and conversation. The groups gathered Sat., Feb. 7, in Springfield and Sat., Feb. 14, in Sikeston. One of the highlights of the days together are celebrating those men and women who mark significant milestones in ministry. There are seven women who will mark jubilees this year: one will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her final vows; three will mark 50 years; two will mark 60 years, and Sr. Mary Jane Slaney, OSB, will celebrate her 70th anniversary. Read more

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‘Our Lady Cares’ … and so do the people of Branson

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‘OUR LADY CARES’—Sharon Tangeman is the official “coat lady" who gathered over 800 coats plus clothing, blankets, and hygiene and health items for the “Jesus Was Homeless” Thanksgiving Dinner held at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. The event was supported by Our Lady Cares outreach. (Submitted photo)
‘OUR LADY CARES’—Sharon Tangeman is the official “coat lady” who gathered over 800 coats plus clothing, blankets, and hygiene and health items for the “Jesus Was Homeless” Thanksgiving Dinner held at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. The event was supported by Our Lady Cares outreach. (Submitted photo)

The community outreach group at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, has collected almost $100,000 to re-invest in charitable organizations within the local community, proving the sincerity of the committee’s name: “Our Lady Cares.”

“Our Lady Cares” celebrated its fifth anniversary on Ash Wednesday. Our Lady Cares originated as an idea shared by parishioner David Wright with Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, both of whom wanted to see Catholics, particularly those at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, take a more active role in community assistance. Researching the charitable landscape of the Branson area evidenced that there were already adequate service agencies in place to help those in need. Funding, however, was often revealed as a challenge for those agencies. With that in mind, “Our Lady Cares” developed its strategy to underwrite the existing agencies rather than become itself yet another agency. Read more

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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve the 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.

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