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Celebrating 100 years in ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University

CENTENNIAL MASS—A Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration on Oct. 10 marked the 100th anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant of the Mass along with nine concelebrating priests and three deacons. The Gospel Proclamation was made by Deacon Rob Huff of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; candle bearers were Andrew Green (campus FOCUS Missionary) and Shiron Fonseka (CCM student); servers were Allen Kirchner and Gideon Barr (both CCM alumni and diocesan seminarians). A reception followed in the Drury Lodge. (Photo by Dennis Vollink)
CENTENNIAL MASS—A Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration on Oct. 10 marked the 100th anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant of the Mass along with nine concelebrating priests and three deacons. The Gospel Proclamation was made by Deacon Rob Huff of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; candle bearers were Andrew Green (campus FOCUS Missionary) and Shiron Fonseka (CCM student); servers were Allen Kirchner and Gideon Barr (both CCM alumni and diocesan seminarians). A reception followed in the Drury Lodge. (Photo by Dennis Vollink)

For a century, Catholic college students and faculty have enjoyed a near proximity to our traditions of faith on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau. Students, staff, alumni, and the wider Catholic community marked the historic 100-year anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) on Fri., Oct. 10, 2014. Bishop James V. Johnston presided over the commemorative festivities, which included Mass in Old St. Vincent Church followed by a joy-filled reception at the Drury Lodge.

“It’s truly amazing that for 100 years the Church has been present on campus to share the gospel of Jesus Christ at such a crucial time in the life of a young person,” Bp. Johnston said, congratulating the CCM community, “years which involve important decisions, life and vocation choices, and the formation of conscience. As such, this is a ministry that’s truly worthy of our ongoing prayers and support.” Read more

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St. Mary Parish is ‘Best of the Best’

HAPPY BIRTHDAY—Fr. Peter Morciniec celebrated his 70th birthday on Sept. 23 with students in St. Mary School, only four days before being named “Best Pastor” by The Monett Times. Fr. Morciniec is pastor of St. Mary Parish, Pierce City, and St. Agnes Parish, Sarcoxie. (Photo by Shelly Wrobleski)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY—Fr. Peter Morciniec celebrated his 70th birthday on Sept. 23 with students in St. Mary School, only four days before being named “Best Pastor” by The Monett Times. Fr. Morciniec is pastor of St. Mary Parish, Pierce City, and St. Agnes Parish, Sarcoxie. (Photo by Shelly Wrobleski)

The Monett Times newspaper recently announced its 2014 “Best of the Best” list as voted by its readership, and St. Mary Parish, Pierce City, was an all-around winner.

Fr. Peter Morciniec, pastor, was awarded the distinction of “Best Pastor,” while St. Mary Parish earned the “Best Church” award within the community. Fr. Morciniec is also pastor of St. Agnes Parish, Sarcoxie. Read more

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Fr. Saunders installed pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral

INSTALLATION MASS—Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated an installation Mass for Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau​, on the Sunday morning of Oct. 12. Pictured at the reception that followed were Bp. Johnston, Joe Saunders, Fr. Saunder’s brother; Fr. Saunders; Gerald Saunders, father of Fr. Saunders; and Msgr. William Stanton, retired, who resides in Cape Girardeau. (Submitted photo)
INSTALLATION MASS—Bishop James V. Johnston celebrated an installation Mass for Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau​, on the Sunday morning of Oct. 12. Pictured at the reception that followed were Bishop Johnston, Joe Saunders, Fr. Saunder’s brother; Fr. Saunders; Gerald Saunders, father of Fr. Saunders; and Msgr. William Stanton, retired, who resides in Cape Girardeau. (Submitted photo)
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Bishop Johnston’s homily at the MCC Annual Assembly

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CELEBRANT AND HOMILIST—Bishop James V. Johnston was the main celebrant and delivered the homily at the Mass closing the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly on Oct. 4, 2014. The liturgy was held in St. Peter Church across the street from Missouri’s Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. (Photo by Jay Nies)

27th Sunday in OT-A, Oct. 4, 2014, Jefferson City, MO

Friends in Christ, as we bring our day of Annual Assembly focusing on Marriage and Family to a close, how appropriate that we do so with the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. The Mass, as we know, is properly understood in nuptial terminology. It is the earthly participation in what the Book of Revelation calls the “wedding banquet of the Lamb,” and we are privileged to take part in it. Mass is the renewal of the “covenant,” the “new and eternal covenant” between Christ and His Bride, the Church. 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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