My brother texted me the morning of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 a.m., saying “Happy Vash Wednesday.” I responded, “Don’t you have anything better to do this early in the morning?”
This year, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, which is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the different definitions of love. In the secular world, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and flowers and red hearts, expressing the belief that the heart is the symbol of human love. Read more
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
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
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
Dr. Tom Burnford, president and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association, spoke to Jonah McKeown during Catholic Schools Week 2018 about his Catholic education and the evangelizing mission of Catholic schools in the United States. Read more
When it comes to the Church’s pro-life witness, consistency matters. Ignoring or denying human dignity in one sphere, undermines our defense of human dignity in other spheres. When we emphasize only one note, we lose the harmony of the whole symphony of truth.
As Catholics, we are called to proclaim the fullness of the truth, including in public life and in our role as citizens. Read more
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
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
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