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Be praised: ‘On Care of Our Common Home’

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How many of us have been moved to prayer by the natural beauty that surrounds us?

Living in the Missouri Ozarks, we can appreciate more than most Americans the great gift God gave humanity in Creation. In the beauty of the created world of streams and hills, forests, and diverse animals, we catch a glimpse of the splendor and power of God. Read more

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Joseph Kelly ordained priest June 12

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PRAYER OF ORDINATION—Bishop James V. Johnston prayed the Prayer of Ordination over Joseph Kelly during the his ordination to the priesthood June 12 in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (Photo by Phil Labadie)
PRAYER OF ORDINATION—Bishop James V. Johnston prayed the Prayer of Ordination over Joseph Kelly during the his ordination to the priesthood June 12 in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (Photo by Phil Labadie)

For Fr. Joseph Kelly, the road to priesthood has now spanned two decades, from an initially ‘calling’ at a very young age to the culmination of much growth, prayer, study, and sacrifice. Fr. Kelly recently shared the following in his ‘last interview’ as a transitional deacon: Read more

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Ladies Auxiliary support vocations

The Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliaries have a long and loyal tradition of supporting all vocations in the Church, particularly those to the priesthood. Bishop James V. Johnston attended the Knights of Columbus Council #698 dinner in Springfield on Tue., May 12, 2015, where he received a check from the KC Council #698 Ladies Auxiliary. Keeping the happy occasions of June’s ordinations in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in mind, the check was for $1,000 to used at Bishop’s discretion.

LADIES AUXILIARY—Knights of Columbus Council #698 Ladies Auxiliary members presented Bishop James V. Johnston with a check on May 12. Pictured were: Carol Haselhorst, Sarah Pittman, Shelly Ferry, Bishop Johnston, Shirley Hart, Karen Carrol, Judy Rippee, Edie Enos and Marcella Fletcher. (Submitted photo)
LADIES AUXILIARY—Knights of Columbus Council #698 Ladies Auxiliary members presented Bishop James V. Johnston with a check on May 12. Pictured were: Carol Haselhorst, Sarah Pittman, Shelly Ferry, Bishop Johnston, Shirley Hart, Karen Carrol, Judy Rippee, Edie Enos and Marcella Fletcher. (Submitted photo)
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No greater honor: Ordained service to Church

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Deacon Daniel Vaughn
Deacon Daniel Vaughn

It has been a year since I was embraced by the Church in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On May 24, 2014, I was ordained a permanent Deacon through the laying on of hands by Bp. James V. Johnston. The sacrament was made even more special in that it took place in my home parish of Our Lady of the Lake in Branson, MO, with my parish community present. A personal discernment journey that began in 1992 transitioned into action and acceptance into formal formation in August 2008, and provided its first fruit with my ordination in May 2014. Since then, I have continued with my one-year obligation of post ordination studies. Of course, in reality, our faith formation never has an end—it is a life-long journey. Read more

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NDHS Baseball Bulldogs Class 4 State Champs

BULLDOGS WIN 17-0—The boys baseball team at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, are Class 4 Missouri State Champions after defeating the Sullivan Eagles 17-0 on Sat., June 6, in O’Fallon, MO.  Pictured are: (front row) Winston Welter, Trevor Haas, Logan Heisserer, Cramer McGarr, Chase Urhahn, Ethan Hunter, Tyler Essner, Nick Jones, Garrett Siebert, Jake Edwards, Coach Jake Pewitt; (second row) Coach Jeremy Brinkmeyer, Coach Kirk Boeller, Ross Essner, Hunter Eftink, Graham Ruopp, Christian Job, Dean Crippen, Thomas Himmelberg, Coach Jeff Graviett, Logan Callahan, Derek Hulshof, Coach Cody Heisserer, Adam Pope, Tom Siebert, and Connor McGarr. (Photo by Laura Simon/Southeast Missourian)
BULLDOGS WIN 17-0—The boys baseball team at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, are Class 4 Missouri State Champions after defeating the Sullivan Eagles 17-0 on Sat., June 6, in O’Fallon, MO. Pictured are: (front row) Winston Welter, Trevor Haas, Logan Heisserer, Cramer McGarr, Chase Urhahn, Ethan Hunter, Tyler Essner, Nick Jones, Garrett Siebert, Jake Edwards, Coach Jake Pewitt; (second row) Coach Jeremy Brinkmeyer, Coach Kirk Boeller, Ross Essner, Hunter Eftink, Graham Ruopp, Christian Job, Dean Crippen, Thomas Himmelberg, Coach Jeff Graviett, Logan Callahan, Derek Hulshof, Coach Cody Heisserer, Adam Pope, Tom Siebert, and Connor McGarr. (Photo by Laura Simon/Southeast Missourian)
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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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