Over 23 million raised for youth formation, retired priests, seminarian education
If there was ever any doubt about the generosity and ability to give on the part of the members of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, it was soundly put to rest after the Diocese wrapped up its first-ever Capital Endowment Campaign.
Designed to raise funds to care for a growing number of retired clergy, to support seminarian education, and to help youth develop in their Catholic faith, the diocese exceeded its target of $15 million by raising a total of $23.2 million or 155 percent of the goal. Read more
First MARCs (Multi Agency Resource Centers) scheduled for counties throughout diocese
Thirteen inches of rain fell throughout southern Missouri between April 28 and May 3 this year. In the initial days after the flooding, Shea Lane, Director of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) traveled to nine counties (Barry, Christian, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone, and Taney) providing outreach to survivors, and partnered with other agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army along with the State Emergency Management team to coordinate the disaster response. Lane was moving west to east across the state, following the path of receding waters. Read more
With the development of a more refined job description for Mr. Nick Lund-Molfese and utilizing his many gifts toward social concerns, advocacy, and forming partnerships within the community, I am pleased to announce that Nick began new duties for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau as Diocesan Director of Social Ministry and Family Life beginning May 1, 2017. Read more
The Office of Vocations & Seminarians recently sponsored two Come and See Weekends for men and women interested in the priesthood or life as a consecrated religious. Read more
The risks of prayer
When I was a junior in college seminary, I decided to be serious in the practice of prayer. I had received a copy of Treasure in Clay, by Archbishop Fulton Sheen as an Easter gift, and I remember being touched by the chapter where he recounted his discipline of a daily Holy Hour. Read more
‘Sowers of joy and healing through acts of love’
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held its annual Spring Assembly April 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield. The gathering focused, in part, on the necessity of being “sowers of joy and healing through acts of love,” and featured presentations on the apparitions and messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pro-life ministries, and the importance of the home being a “domestic church,” among other topics.
May Our Lady be our companion this Easter Season, guiding us to deeper joy in the Resurrection of her Son.
Internationally-acclaimed Catholic speaker and author Chris Stefanick came to Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Branson on Wed., April 5, to conduct one of his many “REBOOT! Live!” events that are being held around the country this spring. “Reboot” presentations center around a practical exploration and understanding of our faith and all the ways it’s meant to impact our lives, often complicated by technology and indifference.
“From the moment we come out of the womb, we come out looking for love,” Stefanick said. “The desire for love drives us to do many things. It drives us to want to be successful, and it drives us to want to be noticed, because we want love.” Read more