As you read this column, I am well into my Road Rally 2016, “On the Road, Again!” So far, I have visited almost 50 of our parishes and missions where I have celebrated Holy Mass, led the Rosary, or offered a prayer service, sharing my thoughts on our Shared Vision of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
Upon my arrival to the diocese, I had no idea that my predecessor, Bp. Johnston, had established an Envisioning Team and had embarked on an 18-month process in order to better focus the mission and intentions of the Diocese. The process included regional listening sessions that were held throughout the diocese in order to hear what the faithful thought our priorities should be as a diocese. After learning of all the hard work, effort, and time put into this “(En)vision quest,” I concluded that it is only right to honor the good work of the committee.