Pope urges US Catholics to keep enthusiasm, welcome newcomers

Pope Francis delivers his homily during the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
Pope Francis delivers his homily during the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Pope Francis ended his trip to the United States with a call for Catholics to keep the enthusiasm of the visit, while continuing to welcome newcomers and care for creation.

“Do not let your enthusiasm for Jesus, his church, our families, and the broader family of society run dry,” Pope Francis said at Philadelphia International Airport, prior to flying back to Rome. “I pray that our days of prayer and reflection on the importance of the family for a healthy society will inspire families to continue to strive for holiness and to see the church as their constant companion, whatever the challenges they may face.”

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Pope Francis to youth: the Bible can change your life. Now read it!

HOLY FATHER—Pope Francis visits a Roman parish. (Photo: Lauren Cater/CNA)
HOLY FATHER—Pope Francis visits a Roman parish. (Photo: Lauren Cater/CNA)

The Bible is so dangerous that some Christians risk persecution to have one. But for Pope Francis, its life-changing role in daily life is important too.

“The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often—every day, both on your own and together with others,” he wrote in the prologue to a Bible for youth in Germany.

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September Students of the Month

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL—September Students of the Month were recently recognized in Immaculate Conception School, Jackson, MO. Students of the Month display good Christian conduct, attitude, and classroom effort, and are nominated by their teachers for the acknowledgement. The honorees were: (front row) Bella Jones, Kindergarten; Abigail Niedbalski, first grade; (second row) Tyler Fischer, Kindergarten; Lily Huff, fourth grade; Ava Bartow, second grade; Skylar Craft, third grade; (third row) Hailey Burnett, fifth grade; Annalise Garner, fifth grade; Sydney Seabaugh, sixth grade; Hayden Jansen, seventh grade; (back row) Brayden Eftink, eighth grade. (Submitted photo)
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL—September Students of the Month were recently recognized in Immaculate Conception School, Jackson, MO. Students of the Month display good Christian conduct, attitude, and classroom effort, and are nominated by their teachers for the acknowledgement. The honorees were: (front row) Bella Jones, kindergarten; Abigail Niedbalski, first grade; (second row) Tyler Fischer, kindergarten; Lily Huff, fourth grade; Ava Bartow, second grade; Skylar Craft, third grade; (third row) Hailey Burnett, fifth grade; Annalise Garner, fifth grade; Sydney Seabaugh, sixth grade; Hayden Jansen, seventh grade; (back row) Brayden Eftink, eighth grade. (Submitted photo)

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Capital Campaign Case Statement


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About Our Diocese

 Established by Pope Pius XII in 1956, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau extends over 39 counties and includes 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels. Although situated in the heartland, the Church in Southern Missouri is truly a mission territory. Our mission identity is also illustrated by the size and location of our parishes: small, often separated by great distances, and situated among many people of other denominations. Furthermore, our diocese faces the challenge and opportunity to minister to immigrants from Latin America, Mexico, Vietnam, and other places. Finally, our mission status makes us one of 94 dioceses in the country which receive financial assistance from Catholic Extension Society.

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Capital campaign announced for $15 million

RETIRED PRIESTS—Msgr. Richard Rolwing, Msgr. William Stanton, and Msgr. Raymond Orf are three of 15 retired priests of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.A new capital campaign seeks to augment the endowment for retired priests, youth formation, and seminarian education. Msgr. Rolwing, who at age 88, is the oldest priest of the diocese, was ordained in 1953 and has been a priest for 62 years; ordained the year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was founded, Msgr. Stanton will celebrate 60 years as a priest in 2016, the same year the Diocese will mark its 60th Anniversary; and Msgr. Orf was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, making this is 60th year as a priest. (The Mirror/Phil Labadie)
RETIRED PRIESTS—Msgr. Richard Rolwing, Msgr. William Stanton, and Msgr. Raymond Orf are three of 15 retired priests of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. A new capital campaign seeks to augment the endowment for retired priests, youth formation, and seminarian education. Msgr. Rolwing, who at age 88 is the oldest priest of the diocese, was ordained in 1953 and has been a priest for 62 years; ordained the same year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was founded, Msgr. Stanton will celebrate 60 years as a priest in 2016; and Msgr. Orf was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, making this his 60th year as a priest. (The Mirror/Phil Labadie)

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Endowments to augment youth, seminarians, retired priests

After reviewing the results of a recent feasibility study conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., approved a proposal to conduct a diocesan-wide capital campaign for $15 million. The campaign is titled, “Grateful for Our Past … Preparing for Our Future.” The purpose of the campaign is to augment existing endowments for preparing future priests for the Diocese and priest retirement, and to establish a new endowment for youth formation.

“This is a key moment in our diocese’s history,” said Bp. Johnston. “As we prepare to celebrate 60 years as a diocese [in 2016], we begin to realize that our response to critical needs in the present will have a huge impact for decades to come. “

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Youth place in Capitol scavenger hunt

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY SCAVENGER HUNT—Rosemary Driscoll and Judd Beam won third place in the youth scavenger hunt during the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly held Oct. 3 in Jefferson City. In addition to a mock legislature, the youth participated in a host of activities that would familiarize them with the Missouri Capitol and the legislative process. (The Mirror)
ANNUAL ASSEMBLY SCAVENGER HUNT—Rosemary Driscoll and Judd Beam won third place in the youth scavenger hunt during the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly held Oct. 3 in Jefferson City. In addition to a mock legislature, the youth participated in a host of activities that would familiarize them with the Missouri Capitol and the legislative process. (The Mirror)

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