Youth of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau were challenged to pick the “right way” to “travel” toward eternal salvation during the 24th annual Diocesan Youth Conference March 25-26 in West Plains. Tying-in with the theme “Through the Narrow Gate,” based on Matthew 7:13, presenters at the conference provided the attendees with valuable insights and counsel on how to navigate through the journey of life in ways that lead to true sanctity. Read more
A photo gallery of Fr. Dunn’s ordination may be found here.
Happy new priest wants to bring love to people
The diocese wrapped up its 2016 ‘ordination season’ on the evening of Fri., June 24—the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist—with the priestly ordination of Charles Dunn. The liturgy was held in the recently-renovated St. John Parish in Leopold, Fr. Dunn’s home parish. It was the second ordination of a diocesan priest this summer: Fr. David Baunach was ordained on May 28. Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink were ordained to the diaconate on June 10.
Fr. Dunn commented that as he entered the Church prior to his ordination, he was greeted by a contingency of diocesan priests. He was struck at how his ‘spiritual family’ was growing. Read more
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“I’ve gone to countless Catholic retreats, but Steubenville was much different!” Such were the sentiments of Claire Croley, 17, first-time attendee at a Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conference. Croley is a parishioner at Holy Trinity in Springfield an incoming senior at Springfield Catholic High School.
Held in JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University (MSU), Springfield, the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences were over two weekends, July 8-10 and July 15-17, and had the look and feel of a rock concert. In fact, they were set up as such—with a stage, three big video screens, and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section. Read more
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The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s “new” transitional deacons may come from opposite sides of the diocese, but share many things in common when it comes to certain things related to their discernment: the lived Faith of their parents inspires them, friendships inside and outside of the seminary encourages them, and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthens them.
Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bp. Edward M. Rice on Friday evening, June 10, in St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield. Their ordinations were a culmination of the formation, prayer, education, and relationships that have brought them one step closer to the priesthood, the journey toward which began in each of their homes, in their “domestic Church.” Read more
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Often referred to as The Gentle Giant, Fr. David Baunach was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau the morning of Sat., May 28, 2016. Held in St. Agnes Cathedral, the principal celebrant of the liturgy was The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice, who at that time, had just moved to Springfield and was anticipating his Installation as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
Fr. Baunach completed his college studies at Conception Seminary College under the direction of the Benedictine monks, and found the spirit of prayer fostered in the monastic setting beneficial. Read more
Trail Life USA (TLUSA), a national character-development organization for young men, saw the establishment of its first Catholic chapter in southern Missouri last fall with the chartering of Troop MO-6:33 in Springfield. The program’s mission is to guide its members to “honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure,” and offers opportunities for spiritual growth and learning practical skills. Boys ages 18 and under are invited to membership, but there is also a ‘rank’ for men ages 18-25. Read more
Healing conference provides preparation for upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy
The second “Strengthening & Healing Souls” conference was held this Aug. 21-23 at Catholic Campus Ministry in Springfield, drawing many from across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, but also several attendees from neighboring dioceses. The conference placed emphasis on the reality of God’s mercy, looking ahead to the Holy Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, which will begin on December 8. The first of such healing conferences was held at the same location in November 2014, and organizers hope that they are able to continue offering the opportunity for spiritual renewal in Springfield and, possibly, at other locations.
“We are blessed that Bp. Johnston is so supportive,” said Shelly Pichler, a member of the conference planning team. The bishop attended a portion of the conference on Sat., Aug. 22, and celebrated the morning Mass for the participants. Confession, Adoration, and the Mass provided the “heart” for the conference.
An opportunity for prayer, reflection, fraternity, and discussion for Catholic men will soon be offered at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau. Organizers of the event—billed as “Catholic Man Night”—hope to see other parishes in the eastern region of the diocese host the event in the future.
The first “Catholic Man Night” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thu., Sept. 24 at the cathedral. The evening will begin with a period of Eucharistic Adoration and a short reflection by a priest or deacon. Following Benediction, the men will gather in the parish hall for social time and a ‘manly meal’ catered by one of the local Knights of Columbus councils. During the meal, there will be discussion on a particular topic. The night will close with prayer and a blessing.
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DIOCESE ORDAINS SECOND PRIEST THIS SUMMER
Gratitude is the key sentiment by Fr. Francisco “Paco” Gordillo as he looks back on the many experiences and inspirations that culminated in his ordination to the priesthood on Wed., Aug. 5. Out of his experiences came many friends, and in addition to his family, it has been through friendships that he especially found encouragement and support through his vocational journey.
“I have so many friends who are very supportive and have inspired me in so many ways,” Fr. Gordillo reflected. “I am so grateful to God…throughout my entire journey, He has brought many good people into my life.”
A long-time dream of Fr. Augustine Njuu, AJ, was to found a school in Tanzania that would not only educate the young people of his home country, but also to help them translate ‘head knowledge’ into practical skills and authentic, virtuous leadership. After years of preparation, his dream was realized in 2007 with the opening of Star Academy, a co-educational Roman Catholic high school in Arusha, Tanzania. His founding work and ongoing direction of the school recently earned him the distinction of ‘Local Hero’ by Springfield-based Heroes Coffee company.
“This had been my dream for many years,” Fr. Njuu said of opening Star Academy, adding that he knew “the hand of God was there” through the years of patient planning and garnering support locally, nationally, and internationally for the institution.
“When people put their efforts together, miracles happen,” Fr. Niuu said.