As many of you recall, Bp. James Johnston embarked on a “Road Rally” in 2014 with the intention of visiting every parish within 17 days. During each visit, he shared with everyone gathered the Mutually Shared Vision for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Our Sacred Purpose is clear, “… to joyfully live our Catholic faith as intentional disciples, leading all to a full life in Jesus Christ.” Our three guiding values as disciples are “prayer, generous service, and enthusiasm.” Our five-year vision is “One Church, East to West: Loving Jesus, Serving Jesus, and Sharing Jesus.” Finally, our three priorities are “Grow in Holiness; Form Intentional Disciples, and being Sent to Witness.” I am grateful to Bp. Johnston for his visionary leadership for the diocese. Read more
Photo gallery may be viewed here.
“I’ve gone to countless Catholic retreats, but Steubenville was much different!” Such were the sentiments of Claire Croley, 17, first-time attendee at a Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conference. Croley is a parishioner at Holy Trinity in Springfield an incoming senior at Springfield Catholic High School.
Held in JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University (MSU), Springfield, the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences were over two weekends, July 8-10 and July 15-17, and had the look and feel of a rock concert. In fact, they were set up as such—with a stage, three big video screens, and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section. Read more
Steubenville is an encounter with the Lord Jesus. In praise and worship, in the Eucharist and adoration, in the sacrament of penance and reconciliation, and group faith sharing, Jesus becomes alive in the hearts of our youth. He is not a theory or a person of history: Jesus is with us.
When the young people encounter Him in the sacraments, they come to know joy! It is my hope that every high school age student in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will experience a Steubenville Conference: we have two every summer in our own front yard!
—The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
Steubenville Mid America Youth Conference
July 17, 2016
Springfield, Missouri Read more
A photo gallery of the ordinations may include others of interest may be found here.
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s “new” transitional deacons may come from opposite sides of the diocese, but share many things in common when it comes to certain things related to their discernment: the lived Faith of their parents inspires them, friendships inside and outside of the seminary encourages them, and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthens them.
Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bp. Edward M. Rice on Friday evening, June 10, in St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield. Their ordinations were a culmination of the formation, prayer, education, and relationships that have brought them one step closer to the priesthood, the journey toward which began in each of their homes, in their “domestic Church.” 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.