Bishop visits Saint Francis Healthcare System

NEONATAL CARE—Dr. Karlyle Christian-Ritter (left) introduced a Level III NICU infant to Bp. Edward M. Rice and Steven C. Bjelich, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO on Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy of SFHS)
NEONATAL CARE—Dr. Karlyle Christian-Ritter (left) introduced a Level III NICU infant to Bp. Edward M. Rice and Steven C. Bjelich, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO on Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy of SFHS)

Saint Francis Medical Center was recently honored with the Aim for Excellence Award (AIM) from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Saint Francis won in the small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals category with a quality improvement initiative to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates by 50 percent in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is the first year of the award which recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim—better health, improved care, and lower cost. Read more

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Msgr. Stanton marks 60 years a priest

60th ANNIVERSARY—The staff at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral held a luncheon in honor of Msgr. William Stanton’s 60th Anniversary as a priest March 18, 2016, in the parish hall. Pictured were Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor; Fr. Normand Varone, retired; Msgr. William Stanton, retired; Msgr. Richard Rolwing, retired; and Fr. Joseph Kelly, associate pastor. Msgr. Stanton is a classmate of Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht who also graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis on March 17, 1956. (Photo by Lisa Simmons)
60th ANNIVERSARY—The staff at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral held a luncheon in honor of Msgr. William Stanton’s 60th Anniversary as a priest March 18, 2016, in the parish hall. Pictured were Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor; Fr. Normand Varone, retired; Msgr. William Stanton, retired; Msgr. Richard Rolwing, retired; and Fr. Joseph Kelly, associate pastor. Msgr. Stanton is a classmate of Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht who also graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis on March 17, 1956. (Photo by Lisa Simmons)

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MO Obispos Declaración de la Respecto a la Orden Ejecutiva sobre Refugiados

La reciente orden ejecutiva de rechazar a refugiados y de limitar o cerrar las puertas de nuestra nación a nuestros hermanos y hermanas migrantes que huyen del hambre, la pobreza, la violencia y la persecución, no representa lo mejor de nuestros valores e ideales Católicos y Americanos. Como Católicos, agradecemos la preocupación por los Cristianos, muchos de los cuales han sido blanco de violencia debido a su fe, han sido asesinados y han visto como destruyen sus iglesias, pero a la vez estamos decepcionados y alarmados por las acciones que se dirigen y que marcan a otros por el color de su piel, la lengua que hablan, la religión que profesan y la tierra que llaman su hogar.

Nosotros entendemos y apoyamos firmemente los esfuerzos para mejorar la seguridad de nuestro país contra el terrorismo y la violencia. Cada país tiene el derecho y el deber de proteger a sus ciudadanos y de asegurar sus fronteras. Pero no podemos lograr nuestra seguridad aislándonos. Los Estados Unidos estarán más seguros si buscan el crear un mundo más justo y pacífico. Read more

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MO Bishops issue statement on Executive Order on refugees

MO Bishops statement in Spanish.

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The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant sisters and brothers who are fleeing hunger, hardships, violence and persecution does not represent the best of our Catholic and American values and ideals. As Catholics, we appreciate the concern shown to Christians, many of whom have been violently targeted because of their faith, murdered, and seen their churches destroyed, but we are disheartened and alarmed by actions that target and profile others because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they profess and the land they call home.

We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world. Read more

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Bishop drops puck for MSU Ice Bears

A PHOTO GALLERY for the hockey match is here.
Bishop Edward M. Rice dropped the puck at the hockey match-up Friday night, Jan. 20, between the Missouri State University (MSU) Ice Bears and the Missouri University Tigers at Mediacom Ice Park. ​The Bears won Game One by a score of 10-4 over ​Mizzou.  In addition to dropping the puck, Bishop Rice sat with players in the penalty box and took photos with players and fans.

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