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
To Bishop Rice, Bishop Leibrecht, my fellow priests, and classmates of Fr. Bill, sisters, deacons, beloved members of the Stanton family, Betty, Laura, Carol, and your loved ones, parishioners from parishes served by Msgr. Stanton, friends all, we come together in the celebration of the Lord’s liturgy and in prayer today for Msgr. William Stanton, or as we simply called him: Fr. Bill.
Fr. Ralph Duffner, or Fr. Jake as we called him, was Fr. Bill’s best friend and traveling companion. And when Fr Jake died in December of 2013, Fr. Bill simply mentioned to me, I want you to preach at my funeral. “I was going to have Jake preach,” he said, “but given Jake’s death, I would like for you to do so.” And for that reason, I am truly honored today. Read more
The following first appeared in Sept. 29, 2006 edition of The Mirror.
The reason for these stories is simply because younger priests of our diocese have said, “You ought to write these tales down for future generations.”
For the most part, names have been changed or forgotten. I always tell each tale for entertainment value. But before I forget all of them, I’m using this means to write them down, not as an historical record, but as a way of thanking all the wonderful people whom I have been privileged to work with and serve. It has been a wonderful journey and a spectacular ride! Read more
Following is an exerpt from the May 26, 2006 edition of The Mirror.
Msgr. William J. Stanton
While attending St. Louis University (SLU) as a young man, Msgr. William Stanton, parochial administrator, St. Michael Parish, Fredericktown, stopped on his way home in either Old College Church or the SLU Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for veneration. He stayed for 15 to 20 minutes each time. “I got to thinking about what I was really doing when I visited the Lord,” he said. And he realized that part of the reason he had not considered priesthood until then was “this false idea young people have—’I’m not worthy to be a priest.’” 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
A photo gallery for SEEK 2017 is here .
It’s not every day that 13,000 college students come together to pray, participate in the sacraments, and learn more about their faith. But that’s exactly what happened Jan. 3-7, as students from more than 500 colleges across the country and around the world traveled to San Antonio, TX, for the SEEK 2017 conference.
Some 60 of them were from Cape Girardeau.
“Few experiences have ever compared with this opportunity to surround myself with people who follow God with all their heart,” said Drew Garvey, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). “The talks and keynotes that were offered only amplified my experience.” Read more