Our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign (DDF) is the Annual Appeal for the diocese and takes place the first weekend of May. The funds raised through the campaign advance our mission through ... Read more Brochure: English or Spanish — Donate to DDF now
Endowments to augment youth, seminarians; retired priests. After reviewing the results of a feasibility study conducted in the diocese, the bishop approved a proposal to conduct a diocesan-wide capital campaign for $15 million. ... Read more Brochure: English or Spanish — Donate to Capital Campaign now Prospectus Booklet: English
Founded in 1965, The Mirror is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. It is published bi-weekly.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Nov. 20, but the Church’s renewed emphasis on mercy must not.
“If it does come to an end, shame on us!” Bp. Edward Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau proclaimed from the ornate dais of the House Chamber in Missouri’s Capitol Oct. 8.
Bishop Rice addressed 400 Catholics from all over the state at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 2016 Annual Assembly. The assembly’s theme, borrowed from Pope Francis, was: “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Read more
There I was, sitting in the Senate Chamber of our State Capitol in Jefferson City on Oct. 8 listening to a presentation on violence as part of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Gazing upon the beautiful stained glassed windows and intricate carvings of the majestic setting that depicts Lady Justice, my eyes rested upon the above statement emblazoned on the upper wall. And as I pondered the importance of that statement I decided that it would be a great way to begin my next column for The Mirror. After some research I discovered the phrase was utilized often in the argument against slavery: “Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong!” To find that phrase in the Senate Chamber is an unexpected source of inspiration and a challenge as our state government discusses legislation pertinent to the “common good.” Hopefully the members of the State Senate will not only contemplate, but heed its message. Read more
Jubilee Year of Mercy, Missouri Catholic Conference keynote, Jefferson City, MO, Oct. 8, 2016
“Open unto me the gates of justice.” With that little verse from the Psalms, Pope Francis opened the dedicated Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica—in Rome. Traditionally the Holy Door is opened every 25 years.
The fact that the door is closed can be symbolic of the human heart—one perhaps closed off from God’s mercy. And, the fact that the door will be opened can be symbolic of the human heart, a heart open to God’s mercy. Read more
Youth in Parish School of Religion (PSR) classes Sun., Oct. 2, prayed the rosary in honor of and in welcome to Bp. Edward M. Rice. Bp. Rice was installed the seventh bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1, 2016. Teachers and students gathered around the statue of the Blessed Mother, Mary, on the grounds of St. Francis de Sales Parish, in Lebanon, and prayed for Bp. Rice’s leadership, health, and success in shepherding the parishes and missions of the diocese. Over 50 youth, PSR teachers, and parents were in attendance.
Becoming more intentional in prayer efforts, on Wed., Sept. 28, the St. Francis De Sales Youth Group invited parishioners to a “See You At The Pole” event. Youth organized a Mass and afterward participants gathered around the flagpole to offer prayers for our nation, our schools, our families, teachers, leaders, Pope Francis, Bp. Rice, and all clergy and religious. The evening closed with over 47 participants gathered in the Mumford Building at the parish for fellowship and good food.
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.