My wife and I recently attended Palm Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Webb City, MO. Before Mass began, the congregants met in the fellowship hall to listen to a short homily from Fr. Rahab Isidor, pastor, and to receive palm branches to celebrate the liturgy. The kids in the fellowship hall were fidgeting with their palm fronds, poking friends with the pointed leaves, energized by this change in the Mass routine. I heard one mom whisper to her child, “Take your finger out of your nose.” As people passed around the palm fronds, I couldn’t help but think about the attacks on the churches in Egypt that had happened earlier that morning. I’m sure the Christians there were involved in similar Palm Sunday activities. And then, someone came in among them, wearing a bomb, and destroyed all of that. If you saw any pictures from the attacks, you saw that there was blood everywhere. It was horrifying. So, I was distracted; thinking about the news I had read earlier that morning and the images I had seen. Read more
Recently, I attended the funeral of Rosie San Paolo, a 93-year-old lady who is a bit of a rock star around here — known for being active in diocesan and charitable issues.
Rosie left her mark on the area, possibly most noticeably, as a pro-life leader. She organized the formation of Voices for Life, a diocesan-sponsored activism and outreach group. She rallied people — young and old — to participate in public events like Life Chain. She invited crowds of people to educational and philanthropic events for organizations such as Birthright and Vitae dinners. She worked hard for decades to see the last abortion clinic close in southern Missouri. For me and many others, she was the first person that engaged us in a life-affirming event. She personally invited people and persisted until we gave her point of view a chance. Her legacy is seen in this area of the country in the form of a much-stronger pro-life culture with activists from many different faith traditions, thriving pro-life pregnancy centers and services, as well as a public that is less tolerant of the culture of death found in the media and politics at large. Read more
Steubenville STL Mid-America Youth Conferences are billed as high-energy, Catholic youth conferences where thousands of teens encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions and fellowship. The conference is an outreach of Franciscan University in partnership with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Two sessions will be held this year, July 14-16 and 21-23. They both take place on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Read more
Gules, between three French crowns Or, a chevron Azure, fimbriated Argent, charged with two garbs of the second.
The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation. The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm. Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.
The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rests with the Pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses. But how does he determine the man to select?
The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome. It is a process bound by strict confidentiality and involves a number of important players – the most influential being the Apostolic Nuncio, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pope. It can be a time-consuming process, often taking eight months or more to complete. While there are distinctions between the appointment of a priest to the Office of Bishop, a bishop’s later transfer to another diocese, or a bishop’s promotion to archbishop, the basic outlines of the process remain the same.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1987, Bishop Edward Matthew Rice most recently served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop from 2011 to 2016. Bishop Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity Degree. He was appointed the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on April 26, 2016 by his Holiness, Pope Francis. His Installation to the Church in Southern Missouri was June 1, 2016.
Today in Rome, Pope Francis announced at noon (5 a.m. in southern Missouri) that The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has been Vacant since the installation of The Most Reverend James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015. Read more
I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful or his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. In that role I wish to extend to Pope Francis the prayers and love of the clergy, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
I am grateful to Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy who has administered the Diocese since the appointment of Bishop Johnston to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph last year. I look forward to building on the good work of Bishop James Johnston and of course, Bishop John Leibrecht, the beloved Bishop-emeritus of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, whom I have known since my high school days parking cars at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis. Read more
Diocesan Development Position, Parish Campaign Director
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Springfield, Missouri 65806
One Church, East to West: Loving Jesus, Serving Jesus, Sharing Jesus
Date Posted: April 15, 2016
Position: Parish Campaign Director
Full-Time Temporary Position (7-8 months)
Minimum Qualifications: Practicing Catholic in good standing and active in a parish
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Ability to work as a team member
Strong written and oral communication skills
Highly organized and detail oriented
Ability to follow instructions
Problem solving skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Knowledge of annual, major and/or capital giving programs (helpful, but not necessary)
Valid driver’s license
Organization: The Diocese of Springfield–Cape Girardeau spreads across 39 counties in southern Missouri. It contains over 25,000 square miles. The diocese consists of 66 parishes, 18 missions and 4 chapels. Its sacred purpose is for Catholics in the diocese to joyfully live their Catholic faith as intentional disciples, leading all to a full life in Jesus Christ.
Accountability: Director of Development and Properties & Campaign Consultant
Office Location: The Catholic Center, Springfield, MO
Travel throughout southern Missouri
Responsibilities: Assist in the implementation of parish campaigns in southern Missouri
Work with pastors, parish secretaries and volunteers in parishes
Help develop prospect list in parishes
Draft various campaign letters and other communications in assigned parishes
Prepare bulletin announcements in assigned parishes
Monitor campaign plans and strategies on the parish level
Assist in training volunteers in assigned parishes
Monitor campaign progress in assigned parishes
Provide campaign progress reports to the Director of Development and Properties and to the campaign consultant
Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Development and Properties and by the campaign consultant
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Deadline: Resumes are due by 4:00 pm on Fri., May 27, 2016.
Direct inquires to:
Dr. Gene Aug, The Catholic Center, 601 South Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my experience over the last 11 years as a priest in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, our diocese has experienced two vacant sees. The first vacant see was a result of the resignation of Bp. John J. Leibrecht, who upon reaching age 75 is required to resign his office (c. 401 §1). The second and most recent vacancy will occur as a result of a transfer of the diocesan bishop, Bp. James V. Johnston, and his subsequent installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Nov. 4, 2015.
Upon Bp. Johnston’s transfer, two stages occur: First, there is the notice of the transfer and then he takes possession of the new diocese.