Bishop blesses & starts Cross Country meet at SCHS Oct. 3

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Beussink named 2018 National Merit Commended Student

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Notre Dame Regional High School principal, Bro. David Migliorino, OSF, recently announced that Drew Beussink has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. Read more

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Keynote address of Apostolic Nuncio at MCC’s 50th anniversary

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Catholics throughout Missouri flocked to Jefferson City for the 50th Anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) held on Sat., Oct. 7. Since 1967, the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, has been the voice of Missouri’s Catholic Bishops and Catholic citizens in the halls of the State Capitol. Papal Apostolic Nuncio to the US Archbishop Christophe Pierre was the keynote speaker for this momentous Annual Assembly and offered a special message from Pope Francis in his remarks.

His keynote remarks follow: Read more

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Bishop preaches on prayer with students

A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by The Mirror
BLESSING—Students celebrated Mass with Bishop Edward Rice in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chapel on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on Sept. 10. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice had Mass Sept. 10 with Catholic Campus Ministry students at Southeast Missouri State University. He talked about prayer and country music. His homily follows:

How often have people gathered in prayer only to have the prayer go unanswered or go in a total opposite direction? How often have maybe some of you prayed for the physical healing of a loved one or the spiritual healing of a friend and have had that prayer go unanswered? How often have we prayed for peace in our world only to see war, violence, and destruction increase? Read more

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UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visits St. Joseph Catholic Academy

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AMBASSADOR FOR ART & PEACE—World-renowned artist, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, artist and UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visited St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield, on Sept. 18. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Bonnie Johnson/The Mirror)

Ibiyinka Alao, a Nigerian American artist, spent Sept. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA)! He led an hour-long assembly followed by painting lessons for all of the students. All youth, Pre-K-eighth grade, were able to paint their own works of art inspired by Ibiyinka. Alao was in town to launch his upcoming movie, “My Fireflies.” “My Fireflies” is a short animated feature of his work and an audio book that was screened at the Springfield Art Museum on Sept. 26. Read more

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New CEO installed for Saint Francis Healthcare System


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Maryann Reese was installed as President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System (SFHS) on Sept. 20 by The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice in the St. Francis Conference Center. Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Saint Francis since August 2015.

PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. (The Mirror)
PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, retired Sept. 1 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. He had led Saint Francis since 1999. Read more

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Dinner for Life raises crucial funding for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home

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A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Jeffrey Sweet)

Over 300 caring individuals gathered at the White River Conference Center in Springfield on Sept. 15 to express their support for homeless, pregnant women who choose life for their babies. Dinner for Life is the annual fundraiser in support of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Read more

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NDHS contributes to hurricane-ravaged high schools

Concerned about the recent devastation in the wakes of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, students, faculty, parents, and staff of Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS) in Cape Girardeau dug deep to support two Catholic high schools in Texas and Florida.

Brother David Migliorino, OSF, principal, recently announced that two checks were bring issued from the Notre Dame family: $10,500 to Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL, and $10,500 to St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX. Read more

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Bishop announces Diocesan Youth Endowment Fund

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September 21, 2017

As you may recall, a recent Capital Endowment Campaign was recently conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to meet the impending needs of three areas of concern: to augment existing endowments for seminarian education and retired priests, and to establish an endowment for youth formation. The people of the Church in Southern Missouri responded generously and the Capital Campaign realized pledges and cash gifts in the amount of $23,319,000, surpassing its original goal of $15 million.
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