Annual Golf Tournament benefits families at Saint Francis

MORNING FLIGHT--The winners of the morning championship flight of the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament held at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO were Drew Anthon, Bill Tegel, John Hauck , and Kevin Simmons. (Submitted photo)
MORNING FLIGHT–The winners of the morning championship flight of the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament held at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO were Drew Anthon, Bill Tegel, John Hauck , and Kevin Simmons. (Submitted photo)

More than 260 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament on Aug. 23 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson. Funds raised support patients and their families at Saint Francis Medical Center.

“This and other fundraising efforts by The Friends help Saint Francis reaffirm our mission and the people we care for,” says Linda H. Decker, executive director of Saint Francis Foundation. “Gifts to the Foundation go directly to our patients, their families, and members of our community. We are very fortunate to have the support of so many dedicated volunteers and contributors–they make all our efforts possible.” Read more

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MCC announces Citizen Recognition Award winners

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The Missouri Catholic Conference recently announced the recognize four individuals who will receive the Citizen Recognition Award during the conference’s Annual Assembly on Sept. 28 at the Missouri State Capitol. These individuals were nominated and awarded the honor because they exemplify Catholic teachings of promoting spiritual well being for all people.

The 2013 recipients are:

Jim Landewe
Jim Landewe

Jim Landewe, Dioceses of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Jim Landewe is known as a man who gives freely of his talents benefiting not just local residents, but people across the world. A member of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield, Landewe is a retired teacher who spends hours helping others with his carpentry skills. He built porches and handicap accessible ramps after flooding affected his local area. He also builds Personal Transport Vehicles (PET) machines for disabled people living in developing nations who don’t have access to wheelchairs. By building and donating these carts, Landewe is allowing parents to once again be mobile and able to find and retain jobs to support their families. Read more

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Former Director of Seminarians dies at 86

Msgr. Mark Ernstmann
Msgr. Mark Ernstmann

Msgr. Mark C. Ernstmann died Wed., Aug. 7, 2013. He was age 86. May he rest in peace.

The Funeral Mass was Mon., Aug. 12, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Many priests concelebrated the Mass and burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Springfield.

Msgr. Ernstmann was born May 22, 1927, in Wichita, KS, to Frank and Minnie (Smith) Ernstmann. He attended Conception Seminary in Conception, MO, and received his STL degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Msgr. Ernstmann was ordained June 2, 1951, in St. Joseph Church in Springfield by Most Rev. Joseph M. Marling, Auxiliary Bishop of Kansas City, for the Diocese of Kansas City, MO. Read more

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Sacred Heart House Of Studies, 1957-1974

SACRED HEART HOUSE OF STUDIES--In 1957, Bishop Charles Helmsing visited the Sacred Heart House of Studies, Springfield, MO, the First House of Studies for minor seminarians in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Also pictured was Fr. Mark Ernstmann, Director; Msgr. Thomas Brady, pastor emeritus of Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield; Fr. John Westhues, Chancellor of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau; and Fr. Benedict Harter, Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. (The Mirror)
SACRED HEART HOUSE OF STUDIES–In 1957, Bishop Charles Helmsing visited the Sacred Heart House of Studies, Springfield, MO, the First House of Studies for minor seminarians in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Also pictured was Fr. Mark Ernstmann, Director; Msgr. Thomas Brady, pastor emeritus of Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield; Fr. John Westhues, Chancellor of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau; and Fr. Benedict Harter, Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. (The Mirror)

• Opened in May 1957 by Bishop Charles Helmsing

• “Bishop Helmsing announced in order to have the possibility of high school seminarians, we would have to begin our own seminary in the Diocese.”

• The parochial school building of Sacred Heart Parish in Springfield was remodeled into the minor seminary.

• The first group of students arrived in September 1957 Read more

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