Rosary for Vocations Audio CD available

Pray the rosary with Bishop and seminarians

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Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., and diocesan seminarians recently recorded a CD of them praying the rosary together.

Designed as a companion for those who would like to pray the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries, and Luminous Mysteries, there are suggestions in order to enjoy the rosary throughout the liturgical year. Read more

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Easter brings 223 ‘new Catholics’ to Church in Southern Missouri

In parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau this Easter, 223 were brought into the Church of Southern Missouri. Seventy-six received the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, while 147 candidates, those already baptized in another faith tradition, made a profession of faith and celebrated confirmation and Eucharist. This photo gallery highlights St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, during the Easter Vigil and its reception of 10 candidates and five elect (catechumens). Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant with Fr. Tom Kiefer, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, and Msgr. William Stanton concelebrating. (All photos by Dan Williams) Read more

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Diocese forming an Association of Catholic Health Care Professionals

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Being a faithful Catholic doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician’s assistant, etc., is challenging in the current legal and cultural environment. It is important to support you in living your faith as well as utilize your expertise to advise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on matters of health care and bioethics. Read more

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Catholic Charities participates in University of Notre Dame mission­-based leadership program

MISSION-BASED LEADERSHIP—Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is participating in a mission-based leadership program developed by Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre Dame. Pictured were CCSOMO board member Bill Hennessey; Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, president of Notre Dame University; Linda Decker, CCSOMO board member; CCSOMO Director of Accounting Greg Stark; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO executive director; and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. (Submitted photo)
MISSION-BASED LEADERSHIP—Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is participating in a mission-based leadership program developed by Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre Dame. Pictured were CCSOMO board member Bill Hennessey; Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, president of Notre Dame University; Linda Decker, CCSOMO board member; CCSOMO Director of Accounting Greg Stark; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO executive director; and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. (Submitted photo)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) has been selected to participate in a mission­-based leadership program co­sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Charities USA. The program consists of two on­campus modules held at the University of Notre Dame and an in­depth project which will be developed over the course of the year. The local team consisted of Executive Director Maura Taylor and Greg Stark, Director of Accounting, as well as CCSOMO board members Linda Decker and Bill Hennessey. The CCSOMO team joined teams from nine other Catholic Charities organizations from throughout the nation. Read more

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Joint statement concerning Judge Audrey Fleissig’s recent ruling on Missouri’s conscience protection/religious liberty law

We, the bishops of Missouri, wish to express our dismay with Federal District Judge Audrey Fleissig’s March 14, 2013 ruling striking down the conscience protections in Missouri’s insurance law relating to coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

We call upon Attorney General Koster to appeal Judge Fleissig’s ruling with all due haste. No one should be forced to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs when to do so would violate their religious convictions. Read more

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ENDOWMENT FUND FOR LAY LEADERSHIP

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The Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership is a fund to promote continuing Catholic education among the laity of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Catholic education refers to formal training in the many disciplines which affect the Church in Southern Missouri, including but not limited to: theology, music, liturgy, religious education, evangelization, family life, and youth ministry.

The grant application process is open twice annually.

Please remember that grant applications are primarily for registration and tuition. Room, board, or transportation needs will be considered on a secondary basis. Monies are granted for both parish and regional efforts. An application form and grant guidelines may be found below. Applicants who received a grant previously must have already returned a completed evaluation form before another grant can be considered. The application form must be fully completed, with recommendation and signature of the pastor, and submitted to Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership, c/o Rev. David Hulshof, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1913 Ritter Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4530. For more information, contact Fr. David Hulshof at (573) 335-7667, or Email at dhulshof@svparish.com.

Lay Endowment Fund   Grant Application     Grant Guidelines   Evaluation Form

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2013 DDF English: Living in Gratitude

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New pope ‘figure of unity’ for all Catholics, says USCCB president

POPE FRANCIS I--The world's cardinals meeting in conclave elected Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 76-year-old Jesuit, as pope. He took the name Francis I. He is pictured in a 2005 photo. (CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters)

Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), congratulated the newly elected pope, Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who took the name Francis.

Pope Francis I “stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him,” Card. Dolan said.

Pope Francis was introduced the church and the world when he walked out on the balcony at 8:22 p.m. local time.

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