On Aug. 11, the faculties of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, and Springfield Catholic High School were blessed to have Bro. David Migliorino, OSF, share his faith and passion for Catholic education as he presented a Back-to-School Day of Reflection at the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, on the campus of Missouri State University. Read more
Over the Rainbow: How God’s Rainbow Promise is Being Fulfilled in Rural Nicaragua—The Rainbow Network Story
By Linda Leicht
Bolivar, MO: Quite Waters Publications, 2017
Anyone who has read local Springfield newspaper and magazine publications is familiar with reporter Linda Leicht, who recently released her first book: Over the Rainbow: How God’s Rainbow Promise is Being Fulfilled in Rural Nicaragua—The Rainbow Network Story (Bolivar, MO: Quite Waters Publications, 2017, $17.95). Leicht has also written for The Mirror. Read more
As we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, (Sept. 14) let us never fear to draw close to the sign of our salvation. May the Cross be a sign of victory in the midst of all suffering, particularly those who suffer from the poison of racism or the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. May we find comfort in the Cross and the heart of our merciful Father.
The sin of racism
On Aug. 14, 2017, I gathered with other members of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks to attend a Faith Voices Call to Action gathering in responding to the acts of hatred which began in Charlottesville and subsequently spread to other parts of our country.
The evil of racism with its tenets of “white supremacy” and “neo-Nazism“ has no place in a civilized society. Read more
Bishop Edward Rice was invited to speak to a gatheing of Catholic school teachers at the launch of the new academic year. His remarks follow:
Pope Francis, in his letter “Joy of the Gospel,” tells us “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” Francis reminds us that “the Church’s primary mission is to evangelize the world.” So, as we look to the beginning of another academic year in our schools, it is important to revisit what it is that we are about. Read more
Gov. Eric Greitens appoints a board to investigate new DNA evidence for Marcellus Williams’ capital case
Following national attention and a vocal social media campaign, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens granted a stay of execution hours before death row inmate Marcellus Williams was to be executed on Aug. 22.
In response to Williams’ clemency case, Greitens issued the stay of execution in order to appoint a Gubernatorial Board of Inquiry to look into Williams’ claims of innocence. The five-member board will “consider all evidence presented to the jury, in addition to newly discovered DNA evidence, and any other relevant evidence not available to the jury.” Read more
The American founders knew that for any collective endeavor to succeed, people must work together, even if they had bitter disagreements at times. The first words of the US Constitution recognize this inescapable necessity: “We, the people …” Read more
By the time you read this column, many schools will be back in session and the summer will be a waning memory. Looking back on this past summer, I call it the “summer of blessings!”
In June, I traveled across the diocese offering Masses of Thanksgiving for the success of our diocesan Capital Endowment Campaign at St. Mary, Joplin, St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff, and St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. It was a great way to acknowledge the generosity of our people to say “thank you” to so many of our parish leaders who worked behind the scenes organizing local fundraising efforts. Read more
Ever felt like there is nothing worthwhile to watch?
You might want to check out the Vatican’s list of ‘Some Important Films’.
In 1995, Pope John Paul II addressed the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications, on an important occasion: the 100th anniversary of cinematography. Read more
100th anniversary of apparitions at Fatima
July 13 prayer for peace
St. Eustachius Church, Portageville
Bishop Edward M. Rice on Our Lady of Fatima:
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal: St. Francisco de Jesus Marto (June 11, 1908-April 4, 1919), his sister St. Jacinta de Jesus Marto (March 11, 1910-Feb. 20, 1920), and their cousin Lúcia Santos (1907–2005). Read more