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14 priests attend International Priests Workshop

INTERNATIONAL PRIESTS WORKSHOP—Training for International priests serving in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was held Sept. 2-4 in Van Buren. Posing for a photo during a break at Big Springs Park were: Fr. Jose Ivan Araque Acevedo, associate pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Alexander Nwagwu, associate pastor, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon, and St. William Church, Buffalo; Fr. Augustine Lourduswami, associate pastor, St. John Vianney Parish, Mountain View, St. Mary Parish, West Plains, St. Sylvester Mission, Eminence, and Sacred Heart Mission, in Thayer; Fr. Alphonse Tri Vu, CMC, associate pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; (back) Fr. Ruben D. Restrepo, CM, pastor, St. Canera Parish, Neosho, and Nativity of Our Lord Mission, Noel; Fr. Joji Vincent, OSB, associate pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, Our Lady of the Ozarks Parish, Forsyth; Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr.; and Fr. Paul Anthony Suresh Samala, pastor, Our Lady of the Cove, Kimberling City. Underwritten by Catholic Extension and St. Meinrad Seminary, 14 men participated in the language and culture workshops, which were held at The Landing. (Submitted photo)
INTERNATIONAL PRIESTS WORKSHOP—Training for International priests serving in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was held Sept. 2-4 in Van Buren. Posing for a photo during a break at Big Springs Park were: Fr. Jose Ivan Araque Acevedo, associate pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Alexander Nwagwu, associate pastor, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon, and St. William Church, Buffalo; Fr. Augustine Lourduswami, associate pastor, St. John Vianney Parish, Mountain View, St. Mary Parish, West Plains, St. Sylvester Mission, Eminence, and Sacred Heart Mission, in Thayer; Fr. Alphonse Tri Vu, CMC, associate pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; (back) Fr. Ruben D. Restrepo, CM, pastor, St. Canera Parish, Neosho, and Nativity of Our Lord Mission, Noel; Fr. Joji Vincent, OSB, associate pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, Our Lady of the Ozarks Parish, Forsyth; Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr.; and Fr. Paul Anthony Suresh Samala, pastor, Our Lady of the Cove, Kimberling City. Underwritten by Catholic Extension and St. Meinrad Seminary, 14 men participated in the language and culture workshops, which were held at The Landing. (Submitted photo)

International priests serving in the US bring many gifts and talents to their ministry, but they also face distinct challenges. Among them, are those of language and intercultural dynamics.

In 2012, almost one out of every five priests serving as parish clergy in the US came from abroad. The majority of these priests are from developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Despite the acknowledged universality of the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgy, the cultural and interpersonal contexts of these priests back home are often drastically different from those of a US-born priest practicing in parish service in his own culture. Read more

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St. Mary School blessed, dedicated for new school year

New beginnings were recently celebrated by two Catholic schools in Joplin. St. Mary Catholic School celebrated the opening of its new building with a ribbon-cutting on Fri., Aug. 22. On hand was the new principal for St. Mary School, Ann Hamlet; former principal Steve Jones; Fr. J. Friedel, pastor, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin; members of the Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS), and representatives of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more

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Rally over, journey begun

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One Church, east to west: loving Jesus, serving Jesus, sharing Jesus


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“We keep thanking God for all of you and we remember you in our prayers, for we constantly are mindful before our God and Father of the way you are proving your faith, and laboring in love, and showing constancy of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” ­—1 Thes 1:2-3

This past Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, I completed my 2,300-mile Road Rally Revival in St. Agnes Church in Sarcoxie. This was an appropriate place to finish: on the prairie, at the oldest church in the diocese west of Springfield. Established for the Catholic farmers in the area in the mid-1800s, it’s still on a gravel road, surrounded by farmland. A significant number of our parishes and missions have similar characteristics: small, rural, sometimes without many resources, but each of which is of great importance to the communities in which they are present. Read more

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Seminarians bring summer to a close

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16 return to formation and studies

SEMINARIAN GATHERING—​Seminarian Joseph Stoverink took​ notes during one of the conferences with Bp.​ Johnston during the seminarian gathering held Aug.​ 11-14 in Forsyth. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
SEMINARIAN GATHERING—​Seminarian Joseph Stoverink took​ notes during one of the conferences with Bp.​ Johnston during the seminarian gathering held Aug.​ 11-14 in Forsyth. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

Although away from their perspective schools, the summer of 2014 was a busy one for diocesan seminarians. Many of the men spent time in parish ministry, clinical-pastoral training, and volunteered at sessions of Camp Re-NEW-All, as well as worked and took time for travel. The annual Seminarian Gathering draws to close the summer and allows Bp. James V. Johnston time with the men who are in priestly formation before they all return to their studies at various seminaries. 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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