Bishop Edward M. Rice recently celebrated two annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations. One was held in Springfield on Feb. 12 while the other was celebrated the afternoon of Feb. 19 in Cape Girardeau. These events allow couples and their families to come together to affirm and witness to the gift of marriage to the Church, communities, and society. Representing some 6,247 years of marriage, 149 couples and their families participated in these recent liturgies and receptions. The longest married couples were designated to cut the cakes. In Springfield, Vernon and Ann Cashel, celebrating 70 years, cut the cake with Bishop Rice. The honor was shared in Cape Girardeau as two couples, Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner and William and Mary Loos, both will mark 61 years of marriage in 2017. Read more
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Saint Francis Medical Center was recently honored with the Aim for Excellence Award (AIM) from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Saint Francis won in the small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals category with a quality improvement initiative to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates by 50 percent in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is the first year of the award which recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim—better health, improved care, and lower cost. Read more
To Bishop Rice, Bishop Leibrecht, my fellow priests, and classmates of Fr. Bill, sisters, deacons, beloved members of the Stanton family, Betty, Laura, Carol, and your loved ones, parishioners from parishes served by Msgr. Stanton, friends all, we come together in the celebration of the Lord’s liturgy and in prayer today for Msgr. William Stanton, or as we simply called him: Fr. Bill.
Fr. Ralph Duffner, or Fr. Jake as we called him, was Fr. Bill’s best friend and traveling companion. And when Fr Jake died in December of 2013, Fr. Bill simply mentioned to me, I want you to preach at my funeral. “I was going to have Jake preach,” he said, “but given Jake’s death, I would like for you to do so.” And for that reason, I am truly honored today. Read more
The Friday morning women’s bible study group of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau is hungry—not for kettle beef or peach cobbler—but hungry to put their love of Christ into action. Members of the group have been coming together every Friday to pray and study the Word of God. They have had many discussions about how to give back—how to put their faith into action.
“[We] had been praying that the Lord lead us in the right direction,” said Lisa Seabaugh. “Then one day over the summer I happened across a newsletter from Catholic Charities. I’m not sure where I got it. But after seeing all they did, I thought this could be the Lord pointing us where we needed to be.” Read more
Awakening retreat held at Southeast Missouri State University
“I loved getting out into the fresh autumn atmosphere in the woods to better hear God’s voice and to encounter His love for me,” said Madison Heisserer, one of the 50 college students that attended the annual Awakening retreat hosted by Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). Awakening is a peer-led retreat for college students facilitated by college students in hopes to lead participants closer to Christ. Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on Aug. 5. Each student received $1,250 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.
The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980. Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary fund the program. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $579,000 in education scholarships to college students in an effort to encourage participation in professional healthcare careers. Scholarship recipients must have completed at least one year in an accredited healthcare program and be currently enrolled, maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and complete the application and essay requirements by the scheduled deadline. They must also reside within the Saint Francis service area, as defined in the application. Read more
The Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) football team recently revealed special new Pink Up jerseys to be worn during the annual Pink Up game on Oct. 29. The jerseys will be available for purchase through an Online auction now until Oct. 8 to raise money for Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Pink Up campaign.
This collaboration, led by head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz, is a way for Southeast football to celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battles with cancer.