Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the launch of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Feb. 11 with the Vietnamese community of St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. The community is served by Fr. Thomas Luu Duc M. Vu, CRM, associate pastor and member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer of Carthage, formerly the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Also present were members of the religious community the Congregation of Mary, Queen, headquartered in Springfield. To follow is a portion of Bishop Rice’s homily: Read more
My brother texted me the morning of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 a.m., saying “Happy Vash Wednesday.” I responded, “Don’t you have anything better to do this early in the morning?”
This year, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, which is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the different definitions of love. In the secular world, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and flowers and red hearts, expressing the belief that the heart is the symbol of human love. Read more
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father John Wells, deceased (1972). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1960s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.
John Wells was born in 1925 in Louisville, KY, and was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau in 1964. Father John Wells died Dec. 28, 1972. Read more
The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. 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.