Beussink named 2018 National Merit Commended Student

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Notre Dame Regional High School principal, Bro. David Migliorino, OSF, recently announced that Drew Beussink has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. Read more

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Bishop preaches on prayer with students

A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by The Mirror
BLESSING—Students celebrated Mass with Bishop Edward Rice in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chapel on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on Sept. 10. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice had Mass Sept. 10 with Catholic Campus Ministry students at Southeast Missouri State University. He talked about prayer and country music. His homily follows:

How often have people gathered in prayer only to have the prayer go unanswered or go in a total opposite direction? How often have maybe some of you prayed for the physical healing of a loved one or the spiritual healing of a friend and have had that prayer go unanswered? How often have we prayed for peace in our world only to see war, violence, and destruction increase? Read more

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New CEO installed for Saint Francis Healthcare System


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Maryann Reese was installed as President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System (SFHS) on Sept. 20 by The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice in the St. Francis Conference Center. Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Saint Francis since August 2015.

PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. (The Mirror)
PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, retired Sept. 1 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. He had led Saint Francis since 1999. Read more

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NDHS contributes to hurricane-ravaged high schools

Concerned about the recent devastation in the wakes of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, students, faculty, parents, and staff of Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS) in Cape Girardeau dug deep to support two Catholic high schools in Texas and Florida.

Brother David Migliorino, OSF, principal, recently announced that two checks were bring issued from the Notre Dame family: $10,500 to Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL, and $10,500 to St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX. Read more

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Lawrence named Director of Mission at Saint Francis Medical Center


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Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Jim Lawrence, RN, MBA, has accepted the newly-established position of Director of Mission. Lawrence officially started his new role July 31, 2017.

The mission director will support Saint Francis in fulfilling its mission: to provide a ministry of healing and wellness inspired by its Catholic philosophy and values. The roots of Saint Francis Hospital were established in 1875 when three Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from Salzkotten Germany (via Carondelet, South St. Louis), began work in a rented two-story framed house accommodating 12 patients. They came to Cape Girardeau at the request of Fr. Joseph Schmidt, pastor of St. Mary Church (now St. Mary Cathedral). Read more

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First ‘Blue’ Mass celebrated in the Diocese

2017 BLUE MASS—Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Fruitland Fire Department, and retirees from federal agencies celebrated a Blue Mass with Bp. Edward M. Rice on Sept. 9 in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. A reception followed the liturgy. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by Dan Williams/The Mirror
2017 BLUE MASS—Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Fruitland Fire Department, and retirees from federal agencies celebrated a Blue Mass with Bp. Edward M. Rice on Sept. 9 in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. A reception followed the liturgy. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by Dan Williams/The Mirror

Bishop Edward. M. Rice and area clergy celebrated a liturgy on Sept. 9 for all First Responders in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The first-ever “Blue” Mass was well-attended and was offered as a way to honor the members of law enforcement, fire fighters, EMTs, dispatchers, chaplains, etc., who serve and minister in that area of vocation within our communities. Further, it shined a light on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and those who lost their lives in service on that tragic day and their families. Read more

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Southeast football supports ‘Pink Up’ with auction

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The Southeast Missouri State University football team has again partnered with Saint Francis Healthcare System to raise awareness for breast cancer through the “Pink Up” Auction.

Fans can begin bidding now at pinkupcape.com for the chance to personalize a player’s jersey with the name of a loved one on the back. These jerseys will be worn by Southeast football players during the UT Martin game on November 4. Read more

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Annual golf tournament benefits Saint Francis patients & visitors

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More than 170 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 30th annual Benefit Golf Tournament for Cape Girardeau’s Saint Francis Medical Center on Aug. 18 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO. The tournament raised more than $149,000 and will provide free valet parking services for patients and visitors.

AFTERNOON CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT—More than 170 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 30th annual Benefit Golf Tournament for Cape Girardeau’s Saint Francis Medical Center on Aug. 18 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO. The tournament raised more than $149,000 and will provide free valet parking services for hospital patients and visitors. Pictured is the team that won the afternoon championship flight: Aaron Wright, Dr. Chris Montgomery, Jason Siener, and Steve Bjelich. (Submitted photo)
AFTERNOON CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT—More than 170 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 30th annual Benefit Golf Tournament for Cape Girardeau’s Saint Francis Medical Center on Aug. 18 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO. The tournament raised more than $149,000 and will provide free valet parking services for hospital patients and visitors. Pictured is the team that won the afternoon championship flight: Aaron Wright, Dr. Chris Montgomery, Jason Siener, and Steve Bjelich. (Submitted photo)

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Notre Dame Regional High School named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll

TWELVE YEARS AND COUNTING—Brother David Migliorino, OSF, posed with a group of Notre Dame Regional High School students as they celebrated the school’s distinction as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The Cape Girardeau high school is home to 507 students where Bro. Migliorino serves as principal. Notre Dame High School been on the list of Catholic Honor Roll schools since 2005. (The Mirror)
TWELVE YEARS AND COUNTING—Brother David Migliorino, OSF, posed with a group of Notre Dame Regional High School students as they celebrated the school’s distinction as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The Cape Girardeau high school is home to 507 students where Bro. Migliorino serves as principal. Notre Dame High School been on the list of Catholic Honor Roll schools since 2005. (The Mirror)

Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS), Cape Girardeau, was recognized Aug. 22 as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The national Honor Roll program is directed by the Cardinal Newman Society and has recognized over 300 high-performing Catholic high schools nationwide since the program’s inception in 2004. Notre Dame Regional High School has been on this esteemed list since 2005. Read more

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Faculties close summer with a challenge: ‘To Teach As Jesus Did’

EDUCATORS EVANGELIZE—Brother David Migliorino, OSF, led a day of retreat for faculties of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, and Springfield Catholic High School surrounding the efforts “To Teach as Jesus Did.” The day of reflection was held Aug. 11 in the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, Springfield. Brother Migliorino is principal of Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau. (The Mirror)
EDUCATORS EVANGELIZE—Brother David Migliorino, OSF, led a day of retreat for faculties of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, and Springfield Catholic High School surrounding the efforts “To Teach as Jesus Did.” The day of reflection was held Aug. 11 in the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, Springfield. Brother Migliorino is principal of Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau. (The Mirror)

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

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