The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father John Wells, deceased (1972). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1960s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.
John Wells was born in 1925 in Louisville, KY, and was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau in 1964. Father John Wells died Dec. 28, 1972. Read more
At the news of his passing, the Church in Southern Missouri offers its condolences to the family of Bernard Law. Having served as this diocese’s Fourth Bishop, we recall with gratitude all that was accomplished during his tenure here (1973-1984). At his death, we encourage prayers for him before God. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Here is the link to our Online history, written on the occasion of our 40th anniversary, 1996.
Director—Communications, Media, Publications Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
601 S. Jefferson Avenue * Springfield, Missouri 65806-3143
(417) 866.0841 www.dioscg.org @DioSCG
The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Bishop
As the investigations continue into the tragic deaths of Sara Spears, 40, and Kaydee Moerer, 10, in Pierce City, we respectfully request consideration and sensitivity for the students, faculty, and staff of St. Mary Catholic School in Pierce City. Read more
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the US to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Read more
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving suspended priest Lawrence Gregovich, deceased (2017). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1970s to early-1980s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.
Lawrence Gregovich was born in 1944 and was ordained a priest in 1972 for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. He was placed on indefinite Administrative Leave by Bishop John J. Leibrecht on April 21, 1992, and subsequently suspended from priestly ministry or priestly function. Larry Gregovich died Feb. 2, 2017. Read more
Today in Rome, Pope Francis announced at noon (5 a.m. in southern Missouri) that The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has been Vacant since the installation of The Most Reverend James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015. Read more
We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write to express our solidarity with all those terrorized by ISIS and other violent extremists who falsely invoke the name of God to justify their bloody attacks on innocent people. Our concern especially goes out to the French people as they cope in the aftermath of the November 13 terrorist attacks and to the many Syrians also terrorized by ISIS who are fleeing their country for the safety of new lands. Read more
It is with faith and trust in the grace and love of Jesus Christ and in God’s providential designs, that I accept the appointment of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to be the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. I am very humbled and honored by the Holy Father’s appointment to be your next bishop. Pope Francis is known for surprises and he certainly gave me one several days ago when I was informed by the apostolic nuncio of his decision. I will do my best to live up to the trust that he has placed in me and be the best bishop I can for you.
I pledge to serve you with generosity, kindness, and charity. I will strive to be a good shepherd to you so that we can, together, live the truth in love and be effective witnesses to the Gospel of salvation and the beauty of our Catholic Faith. I look forward to working with our priests and deacons, our consecrated women and men religious, and with all of our wonderful lay women and men. Every one of us has an important place and mission within the Church, which comes through our baptism. I am eager to join all of you in putting our focus and passion on loving Jesus, serving Jesus, and sharing Jesus.