Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse

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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

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PCCW retreat in Lebanon focuses on the Annunciation & Visitation

NCCW SPIRITUAL COMMISSION—Mary Rowley of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar, and Spiritual Commission chair for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) was the guest presenter at the regional PCCW Spiritual Retreat held Jan. 27 at St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. (The Mirror)
NCCW SPIRITUAL COMMISSION—Mary Rowley of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar, and Spiritual Commission chair for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) was the guest presenter at the regional PCCW Spiritual Retreat held Jan. 27 at St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. (The Mirror)

The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. Read more

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World Day for Consecrated Life coincides with release of 2017 Profession Class Survey

CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)
CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)

As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations (CCLV) released the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Card. Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: “For 21 years, the Church has designated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day, as an appropriate moment to thank God for the gift of consecrated life. Jesus is manifest as ‘light of revelation for the Gentiles’ and ‘glory for God’s people, Israel.’ Consecrated men and women reflect this light as witnesses of Jesus in a world that is often shrouded in shadow.” Read more

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Historic Village of Pinhook rebuilds with help from CCSOMO

SEVEN YEARS OF WAITING—At long last, former residents of Pinhook Village broke ground Jan. 26 on new homes after a levee was blown by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011 to alleviate disastrous flooding to a more populated area along the Mississippi. (The Mirror)
SEVEN YEARS OF WAITING—At long last, former residents of Pinhook Village broke ground Jan. 26 on seven new homes in Sikeston after a levee was blown by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011 to alleviate disastrous flooding to a more populated area along the Mississippi. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

Faith-based agencies, as well as government and community agencies, partner to rebuild homes destroyed in 2011

There is a beauty that is inherent in the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) as it labors to improve the lives of those in southern Missouri who need it the most. That beauty was clearly found in the faces and the voices of the former residents of the Village of Pinhook, MO, on Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, when they were able to break ground for what will soon be seven new homes in Sikeston, MO. Read more

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Springfield Catholic radio gets boost in power


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At 7 p.m., on Dec. 8, 2017, KQOH (“Our Lady, Queen of Heaven”) 91.9 FM radio in Springfield went back on the air after tower failure in Marshfield made its broadcast inconsistent and often, flat-out impossible.

“On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we came back on the air with double the power and closer to Springfield,” said Jim O’Laughlin of Catholic Radio Network, which owns and operates the station. “This should add some 250,000 people to the coverage area.” Read more

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MCC announces 2018 public policy priorities

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In faithfulness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) seeks to create a culture that respects the sanctity and dignity of all human life, especially the most vulnerable among us. The MCC and the Missouri bishops call government officials, legislators, and all citizens to a respectful discourse about the challenges facing our state and nation. This agenda does not reflect all of the MCC’s concerns, but those that require attention at this time. Read more

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