Bishop greets married couples at annual anniversary celebrations

61 YEARS OF MARRIAGE—Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner posed for a photo with Bp. Edward Rice during the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration Feb. 19 in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The Kluesners shared the “Longest Married Couple” distinction with Bill and Mary Loos. Photos of this event in Cape Girardeau may be found HERE. Photos of this event in Springfield may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)
61 YEARS OF MARRIAGE—Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner posed for a photo with Bp. Edward Rice during the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration Feb. 19 in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The Kluesners shared the “Longest Married Couple” distinction with Bill and Mary Loos. Photos of this event in Cape Girardeau may be found HERE. Photos of this event in Springfield may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice recently celebrated two annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations. One was held in Springfield on Feb. 12 while the other was celebrated the afternoon of Feb. 19 in Cape Girardeau. These events allow couples and their families to come together to affirm and witness to the gift of marriage to the Church, communities, and society. Representing some 6,247 years of marriage, 149 couples and their families participated in these recent liturgies and receptions. The longest married couples were designated to cut the cakes. In Springfield, Vernon and Ann Cashel, celebrating 70 years, cut the cake with Bishop Rice. The honor was shared in Cape Girardeau as two couples, Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner and William and Mary Loos, both will mark 61 years of marriage in 2017. Read more

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Seminarians receive ministry of lector at Saint Meinrad

MINISTRY OF LECTOR—Two diocesan seminarians, Nicholas Koeppel and Nicholas Newton, received the ministry of lector on March 2 in St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN. They are pictured with Bishop Edward M. Rice. (The Mirror)
MINISTRY OF LECTOR—Two diocesan seminarians, Nicholas Koeppel and Nicholas Newton, received the ministry of lector on March 2 in St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN. They are pictured with Bishop Edward M. Rice. (The Mirror)

Eighteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, received the ministry of lector on March 2, 2017, in the Seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of the Archdiocese of Louisville, installed the lectors. Read more

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Theology on Tap with Bishop

Theology on Tap photo gallery HERE

THEOLOGY ON TAP—Participants, including Mary Ann Hennecke, listened as Bishop Edward Rice spoke to students of Catholic Campus Ministry in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 16. Held at Bella Italia, the “Theology on Tap” session allowed time for conversation with Bp. Rice and refreshments. Photos of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)
THEOLOGY ON TAP—Participants, including Mary Ann Hennecke, listened as Bishop Edward Rice spoke to students of Catholic Campus Ministry in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 16. Held at Bella Italia, the “Theology on Tap” session allowed time for conversation with Bp. Rice and refreshments. (Photos by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

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Bishop Rice to walk in his first Bishop’s Walk–Families helping Families

TRAVELING TROPHIES—Bishop Edward Rice presented the 2016 Bishop’s Walk traveling trophies to Tim Pashia, St. Mary Church, Lamar, and to pastor Fr. Patrick Teter. Held annually, the 2017 Bishop’s Walk is being held diocesan-wide April 1 & 2. (The Mirror)
TRAVELING TROPHIES—Bishop Edward Rice presented the 2016 Bishop’s Walk traveling trophies to Tim Pashia, St. Mary Church, Lamar, and to pastor Fr. Patrick Teter. Held annually, the 2017 Bishop’s Walk is being held diocesan-wide April 1 & 2. (The Mirror)

Annual CCSOMO event April 1 & 2

The third annual “Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families”—will be held across southern Missouri on Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2, 2017. Bishop Edward M. Rice will be walking April 1 in his first Bishop’s Walk on the track at Springfield Catholic High School. Everyone in the diocese is encouraged to contact the local parish and get a group together to walk, or visit a neighboring church, make new friends, and help those in need within the diocese. Read more

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Golden Apple nominees in Joplin schools

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION—These teachers from St. Mary Elementary, St. Peter Middle School, and McAuley Catholic High School were recently nominated for the Golden Apple Award presented by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Amanda Walker, Debi Staton, Margie Black, Sr. Joan Schwager, RSM, and Blake Zapletal. The Golden Apple award recognizes outstanding contribution in the field of education. Teachers are nominated for this award by students and parents. (Submitted photo)
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION—These teachers from St. Mary Elementary, St. Peter Middle School, and McAuley Catholic High School were recently nominated for the Golden Apple Award presented by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Amanda Walker, Debi Staton, Margie Black, Sr. Joan Schwager, RSM, and Blake Zapletal. The Golden Apple award recognizes outstanding contribution in the field of education. Teachers are nominated for this award by students and parents. (Submitted photo)

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Sr. Blanca Rivera, MC, celebrates 50th jubilee

GOLDEN JUBILEE—The Most Rev. Edward Rice celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving and parish reception on Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Sr. Blanca Rivera, MC, as a Poor Clare Missionary Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. The three Poor Clare sisters minister in Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, MO. Pictured were Fr. William Hodgson, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Poplar Bluff; Bp. Edward M. Rice; Sr. Celia Martinez, MC; Sr. Blanca Rivera, MC; Sr. Rocio Alcantar, MC, Regional Superior for USA communities; and The Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, formerly of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, who was instrumental is establishing the sisters in Poplar Bluff. (The Mirror)
GOLDEN JUBILEE—The Most Rev. Edward Rice celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving and parish reception on Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Sr. Blanca Rivera, MC, as a Poor Clare Missionary Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Three Poor Clare sisters minister in Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, MO. Pictured were Fr. William Hodgson, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Poplar Bluff; Bp. Edward M. Rice; Sr. Celia Martinez, MC; Sr. Blanca Rivera, MC; Sr. Rocio Alcantar, MC, Regional Superior for USA communities; and The Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, formerly of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, who was instrumental is establishing the sisters in Poplar Bluff. (The Mirror)

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Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Lent 2017—The Walraven family celebrated Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, 2017, in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa. Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated Ash Wednesday services in at 8:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral Parish and the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center at 12-noon, on March 1. (Photo by Rick Barnhart, The Mirror)

The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
March 1, 2017, Springfield, MO

This might sound odd, but I love everything about Lent! I love the drama of ashes on Ash Wednesday and then seeing people leave Mass with smudges on their foreheads. I love the classic songs of Lent like, “Lord, who throughout these 40 days,” “Forty days and 40 nights,” or “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The melodies of these hymns are so haunting! Read more

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