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
“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” —Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel,” 114.
Our doors are open and the light is on!
“The Light is On For You” is an initiative of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau where, beginning Wed., Feb. 25 and continuing through Wed., March 25, Catholic churches across southern Missouri are open for quiet prayer and confessions each Wednesday evenings throughout Lent.Read more
Little did Gerard Dietrich, Ransom Nichols, and Michael Driscoll know that when they left July 30 for a four-day, 32-mile float trip together, that their courage, friendship, and their faith would be put to the test.
Best friends and members of St. Mary Parish, West Plains, three teenage boys met at Camp Re-NEW-All in Fredericktown the summer before they entered 5th grade. Since that time, they have attended camp at Fredericktown and Cassville for several seasons. They also attend the Steubenville Youth Conferences in Springfield and various Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) weekends together. Read more
“Increasingly, our society looks to violent measures to deal with some of our most difficult social problems—millions of abortions to address problem pregnancies, advocacy of euthanasia and assisted suicide to cope with the burdens of age and illness, and increased reliance on the death penalty to deal with crime. … A society which destroys its children, abandons its old and relies on vengeance fails fundamental moral tests. Violence is not the solution; it is the most clear sign of our failures. We are losing our respect for human life.”
–“Confronting a Culture of Violence,” US Catholic Bishops, 1994
As you may know, the Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced the execution dates for two Missouri death row inmates. This action by our state government is an opportune moment to witness to the respect due to human life at every stage of development and in every circumstance. Bp. James V. Johnston has set the days of Wed., Oct. 23 and Wed., Nov. 20 as Days of Fasting and Prayer in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Read more
“I will give you shepherds after my own heart” –Jer 3:15
The above Scripture from Jeremiah was the basis of two weekends of reflection for seminarians of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Majestic Trinity Hills, the diocesan center for prayer, service, and Christian formation, was the venue. Situated just 25 minutes from Springfield, the 114 acres of pathways, pasture, rolling hills, and the James River afforded the men the perfect place to contemplate both God’s will for them and the beauty of creation.
“These weekends at Trinity Hills allow our men in formation the not-often realized time of just being together for a few days of prayer and work,” said Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. “During the year, they’re strung out in five different schools, and each remain far-flung in various activities this summer from Omaha [NE] to Fredericktown, so these days were good days for those who could join us.” Read more
“Each of our lives is made up of many ‘chapters,’ and so it is also with a parish family,” said Bp. James V. Johnston to the joyous crowd gathered Thu., May 16, at West 32nd Street and Central City Road in Joplin. “It is a joy and a blessing to be able to begin this new chapter for St. Mary Parish today with this groundbreaking for our new church and school.” Read more