Eighteen priesthood students from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, received the ministry of lector on March 2, 2017, in the Seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of the Archdiocese of Louisville, installed the lectors. Read more
Theology on Tap photo gallery HERE
Annual CCSOMO event April 1 & 2
The third annual “Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families”—will be held across southern Missouri on Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2, 2017. Bishop Edward M. Rice will be walking April 1 in his first Bishop’s Walk on the track at Springfield Catholic High School. Everyone in the diocese is encouraged to contact the local parish and get a group together to walk, or visit a neighboring church, make new friends, and help those in need within the diocese. Read more
The third and final “block” in the diocese-wide Capital Endowment Campaign will be wrapping up just weeks before the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) begins in May. But Gene Aug, diocesan Director of Development and Properties, is hopeful that parishioners will generously respond as they did last year.
Conducting both a capital campaign and the Bishop’s Annual Appeal at the same time last year and this year meant the diocese faced a challenge to educate parishioners to the very different needs of both efforts, and reach the needed goals. Read more
In accordance with the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law, canons 87 § 1 and 91, I hereby officially dispense all Catholics in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau from the requirement to abstain from meat on Fri., March 17, 2017.
March 17, a Lenten Friday, is also the Commemoration of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is highly-revered as the Patron of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with numerous observances throughout the diocese. This day is to serve as a reminder to both honor the memory of the Irish Catholic immigrant forebears of yesterday, and to welcome the immigrants of today.
With due regard for the penitential character of Lent, I encourage Catholics in the diocese to adopt another day of abstinence in place of March 17 or to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Most Reverend
Edward M. Rice, Bishop of
The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
March 1, 2017, Springfield, MO
This might sound odd, but I love everything about Lent! I love the drama of ashes on Ash Wednesday and then seeing people leave Mass with smudges on their foreheads. I love the classic songs of Lent like, “Lord, who throughout these 40 days,” “Forty days and 40 nights,” or “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The melodies of these hymns are so haunting! Read more
A photo gallery of Catholic Schools Week 2017 may be found here.
Held annually, Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is a special time of year when all Catholic schools celebrate the gift of Catholic education with their students, administrators, families, friends, church, and communities. The 2017 Catholic Schools Week was held Jan. 29-Feb. 4 in each of the 23 diocesan elementary schools and three high schools. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities which highlight the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church and our nation. Read more
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