Drawing from the verse from Revelation 21:5, the theme of this year’s Steubenville Mid America Youth Conferences focused on the power of God, His Church, and the sacraments to truly ‘elevate’ modern society and all peoples to holiness. More than 8,000 young Catholics gathered together in the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield, the weekends of July 14-16 and July 21-23 to ponder that message and celebrate their faith.
Bishop Edward M. Rice ordained Colby Elbert, age 33, a priest a week after fellow seminary classmate Fr. Joseph Stoverink, on Fri., June 2, at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Joplin. The church was packed with people and excitement as area priests and Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht concelebrated the liturgy.
Elbert expressed enthusiasm and missionary zeal as he begins his priestly ministry. He also professed his trust in God and “whatever doors may open for me.” Read more
Following a slight-but-steady trend of “homegrown” men who have been ordained priests for southern Missouri, Fr. Joseph Stoverink is the fifth ordination in the diocese since 2015, the third by Bp. Edward M. Rice. His ordination took place the evening of Friday, May 26—the Memorial of St. Philip Neri, priest—in his home parish of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau. Just having served a year as a deacon, Stoverink recently completed his seminary studies at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. Stoverink, age 28, is the fifth of six children to Al and Carol Stoverink, of Cape Girardeau. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the Rite of Ordination of Brian J. Straus to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Friday evening, May 19, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Hundreds of family, friends, and faithful were in attendance, including many diocesan priests and permanent deacons who participated in the liturgy.
The Mirror interviewed Rev. Mr. Brian Straus: Read more
The Marian Association of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau hosted another conference to encourage spiritual growth, particularly through devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau on April 28-29. More than 100 people attended the two-day event that featured presentations by Deacon Patrick O’Toole (Diocese of Springfield, IL), Mark Kiser (convert, evangelist, and parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Ozark), Fr. Chris Alar (Marians of the Immaculate Conception), John Horvat, II (American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property), and Gregory Thompson (diocesan Marian Association). Read more
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.
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
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
“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