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 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
May Our Lady be our companion this Easter Season, guiding us to deeper joy in the Resurrection of her Son.
Homily: Chrism Mass 2017
April 11 & 12, 2017, St. Agnes Cathedral/St. Mary Cathedral
A photo gallery of diocesan Chrism Masses can be found here.
Today, I have the joy of being the main celebrant of my first Chrism Mass as a bishop and as the Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. I greet all of the priests who have gathered—I greet you as a brother, a father, and a friend—and I offer congratulations as today we recall the day of our ordination.
The readings from Isaiah highlight the anointing by the Spirit of the Lord—an anointing received by “priest of the Lord” and the “ministers of our God.” That same reading outlines how the priest is to use that anointing—to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to comfort all who mourn. Read more
Homily: Easter 2017
St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 16, 2017
I always take comfort in the fact that the 50 days of Easter overwhelm the 40 days of Lent. And, if your Lent was not very successful or maybe your Lent was nothing at all, the good news is that Easter still comes! Thank goodness (and God) Christmas and Easter are not dependent on how well we enter into the spirit of Advent or Lent. No, it’s not about us in that sense, Christ still comes to embrace his flesh (Incarnation/Christmas) and Christ still comes to redeem us through his flesh (Passion, Death, and Resurrection). And so: a blessed Easter to all of you. Read more
Homily: Good Friday, 2017
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 14, 2017
The prophet Isaiah foretold of the suffering servant, this Man of suffering, who was pierced for our offenses and crushed for our sins. Who, like a lamb led to the slaughter, was “silent and opened not his mouth.” The psalmists, too, foretold of the Man of sorrow, “They pierced my hands and feet, they counted all my bones,” and Psalm 21 speaks of the man who was stripped of his garments. Read more
Homily: Holy Thursday, 2017
St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 14, 2017
After 30 years of obscurity, living in obedience to Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, and after three years of walking the dusty roads of Galilee—for Jesus—it all comes down to this night.
Preaching for three years about the love of God, with the audacity to call God “Abba Father,” teaching that the poor are blessed, and peacemakers are the children of God—and after all the miracles of raising the dead, healing the blind and the lepers, calming the wind and the seas, and after feeding 5,000 with three loaves and two fish—after all this, it comes down to this night. Read more
Sunday morning homily
Diocesan Youth Conference, West Plains, MO, March 26, 2017
Awhile back, someone sent me an article about “youth ministry.” It was written by a young woman, now married, who was reflecting back on the experience of her high school youth group. It wasn’t good. Read more
I spent the weekend of March 24-26 in the West Plains Civic Center along with 430 teens, chaperones, and youth leaders from across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for the 24th annual Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC). Read more
Saturday morning presentation
Diocesan Youth Conference, March 25, 2017
As we contemplate the theme of our gathering, “The Narrow Road” I think it is important to sort of define what we are talking about. Now each speaker will do their part to shed light on the theme, but overall, with the different paths people can take, there are consequences. There is the “easy” way, the “whatever” way, the “my” way and the “narrow” way. Read more