MO Bishops issue statement on gun violence

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, wish to address the senseless gun violence that is occurring in our schools, on our streets, and in our inner cities. The disturbing frequency of these events is making us numb to the profound impact on those directly affected and it calls for serious reflection on why people are carrying out senseless acts of violence. It is also appropriate to consider the use of guns in society. 

Our nation needs to have an honest discussion about the toll violent images and experiences are having upon us, especially our youth. We must work toward peace in our communities through restorative justice policies and practices, and through ongoing discussions about the presence of so much violence in our entertainment and neighborhoods.  Read more

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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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At the passing of Cardinal Bernard Law:

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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.

 

 

Leslie Anne Eidson

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

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Tragedy strikes Pierce City

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From the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau:

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

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National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11

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October 11, 2017

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

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Missouri Catholic Conference Applauds Passage of Historic Pro-Life Bill, SB-5

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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 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

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Digital Media Kit for Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice

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The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice named Seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

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April 26, 2016

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

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Missouri bishops on terror in Paris and Syrian refugees

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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

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