Statement from the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
​Re: Mercy Healthcare, Springfield


We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. We believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and strive to follow the Bible’s counsel: “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, …” (Hebrews 13:8-9). Read more

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Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Freedom a statement of Bishop James V. Johnston

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Freedom
A Statement of Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. to Catholics and All Persons of Good Will,

in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau


The Springfield City Council is currently scheduled to vote on amending the City’s non-discrimination ordinance at its October 13 meeting. I am taking this opportunity for reflection, in light of the Gospel and human reason, on the issues involved and hope that this statement will assist Catholics and others of good will in forming their conscience on these matters. I also write with the hope and intention of reaching out with respect and honesty to those in the community who describe themselves as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered). Read more

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Catholic Charities seeks donations for Oklahoma survivors


Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) is accepting donations to fill two box trucks with needed supplies for the tornado-devastated region of Moore, OK. One box truck is located on the parking lot of Hobby Lobby, 1535 E. Battlefield, in Springfield. Another truck is located in Joplin at the Wal-Mart on Rangeline Road.

Catholic Charities is accepting only new items, including shovels, tools, work gloves, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, diapers, wipes, and canned food items. Plastic storage containers are greatly needed. Many survivors also need binders and file folders for holding insurance and FEMA paperwork. Read more

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Press Release: Mass for Holy Father slated for Feb. 27

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI in Holy Trinity Church, Springfield, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

If you are media and plan to be in attendance, please contact Angie at The Catholic Center, (417) 866-0841, or via Email at

Established in 1956, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is comprised of 66 parishes, 18 mission churches, and two chapels covering 39 counties in southern Missouri and over 25,000 square miles. The Diocese serves a Catholic population of close to 68,000.

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