There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what five students did from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau while recently attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program. Read more
Franciscan Bro. David Anthony Migliorino, OSF, was recently named Franciscan Federation Educator of the Year. Brother Migliorino has been a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 44 years, and he has served as principal at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, for 18 of them.
“I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau,” said Bp. Edward M. Rice. “One of my first visits in the diocese was to Notre Dame High School. As soon as I walked through the front doors, I experienced the strong Catholic spirit that is fully alive there.” Read more
Sixty men gathered in beautiful St. John Parish, Leopold, on July 14, for Catholic Man Night, an evening of fellowship, food, and reflection for men. Bishop Edward M. Rice was also in attendance and offered encouragement and support of the gifts the bi-monthly Catholic Man Nights afford participants. Read more
Carthage Congregation prepares for Marian Days
When Saigon fell in 1975 during the Vietnam war, Fr. Dominic Maria Tran Dinh Thu, put his faith and confidence in God as he and 170 other priests prepared to escape the country.
“Father knew South Vietnam would fall, and with the history of religious persecution, he knew the congregation could be erased under communism,” said Fr. Phillip Do, a member of the religious Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix in Carthage, which was founded in 1953. Read more
Anniversary marked June 25
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the 125th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish, Caruthersville, with pastor, Fr. Jaroslaw Z. Skrzypek, Deacon James D. Darter, Sr. Darlene Presley, GHMS, and a packed church on June 25. The Mass of Thanksgiving included a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis and a renewed commitment and consecration of the community to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a reception. Read more
As I write this, we’re gearing up for the second of two weekends of the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences on the campus of Missouri State University. Thousands of young adults gathered for music, sacraments, fellowship, and renewal. As a priest, time spent at these conferences is a real blessing, particularly when so many are moved to participate in Confession.
Each moment in confession is a little moment of conversion, where a person is deepening his or her “yes” to the Lord. Read more
Man and woman created by God
Vatican City, April 22, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning.
In the previous catechesis on the family, I reflected on the first passage of the creation of the human being, in the first chapter of Genesis, where it is written: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Today I would like to complete the reflection with the second passage, which we find in the second chapter. Here we read that the Lord, after having created heaven and earth, “formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” He is the pinnacle of creation. Then God put man in a most beautiful garden so that he would till and keep it. Read more
Children as a gift for humanity
Vatican City, March 18, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
Today I shall reflect on the great gift that children are for humanity. They are the great gift for humanity, but they are also greatly excluded. There comes to mind the many children I met during my last trip to Asia: full of life, of enthusiasm and, on the other hand, I see that many of them live in the world in conditions that are undignified. In fact, a society can be judged by the way its children are treated. Not only morally, but also sociologically: if it is a free society or a society slave of international interests. Read more
The Roman Martyrology announces the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in the following words: “At Rome, the birthday of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, who suffered under the Emperor Nero. In this city, the former was fastened to a cross, head downwards, buried in the Vatican, and honored by all the world; the latter was beheaded and buried on the road leading to Ostia and received the same honor.”
In Rome, this feast has been compared to a “second Easter.” It was the birth of Christian Rome and marked the triumph of Christ’s victory over paganism. Read more