Students send letters of greeting to St. Louis

LETTERS FROM LITTLE ONES—First-graders in Lynne Karnes’ class at St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, spent part of ​the ​morning of April 27 reading articles and watching videos about Bishop​-designate ​Edward Rice.​ ​They had many questions they wanted to ask him. Since they “didn’t have his cell number” and couldn’t text him, they instead wrote him​ “old-fashioned letters,” via the US postal service, which were mailed to him in St. Louis.​ (The Mirror)
LETTERS FROM LITTLE ONES—First-graders in Lynne Karnes’ class at St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, spent part of ​the ​morning of April 27 reading articles and watching videos about Bishop​-designate ​Edward Rice.​ ​They had many questions they wanted to ask him. Since they “didn’t have his cell number” and couldn’t text him, they instead wrote him​ “old-fashioned letters,” via the US postal service, which were mailed to him in St. Louis.​ (The Mirror)

Few people get more excited, or are as precious, than children.

When students in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Cape Girardeau heard that Pope Francis had named the new Bishop for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, they got busy.

The preschool and kindergarten class made a sign of welcome for Bishop-designate Edward Rice—on poster board with rice—that was presented to him along with a card at the press conference announcing him on April 27. They had also written out answers to the question, “What does a Bishop do?” and those answeres were affixed to the reverse of the sign.

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There’s a new ‘Bulldog’ in town: Bishop-designate Edward Rice pops in at NDHS

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HONORARY BULLDOG—To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. “I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!” *Click on photo for gallery*

To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. Pope Francis had only named him the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau a day before on April 26. Bishop-designate Rice was in Springfield and Cape Girardeau less than two days in order to greet the people of the Church in Southern Missouri. He will be installed in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.

Upon his arrival, Principal Brother David Migliorino, OSF, greeted Bishop-designate Rice, who walked into the school to thunderous applause.  He was quickly given a school hat and t-shirt, ushering him in as a honorary Notre Dame ‘Bulldog.’ Bishop-designate Rice quickly put it on and greeted the students concerning his excitement about being the next bishop. He talked to them briefly about the gift of Catholic education and their discipleship. He blessed them, they said the school prayer together, and he was given an all-school cheer!

“I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!”

Watch the video here of Bishop-designate at Notre Dame.

 

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Belief in higher education leads to scholarship

CATHOLICS ON CAMPUS—Fr. J. Friedel posed for a photo with a group of Catholic Campus Ministry students from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. A scholarship in Fr. Friedel’s name at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, honors his passion to the Church and higher education. (The Mirror)
CATHOLICS ON CAMPUS—Fr. J. Friedel posed for a photo with Catholic Campus Ministry students from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. A scholarship in Fr. Friedel’s name at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, honors his passion to the Church and higher education. (The Mirror)

Fr. J. Friedel believes in the value of higher education and the value of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), Cape Girardeau.

“I believe that the Church and higher education are a fertile meeting ground for discussing the big issues in life,” Fr. Friedel said, recognizing that this is a time in many students’ lives in which they are contemplating who they are, what they want to be, what they want to do, and where they want to do it.

“I love when students engage in those issues,” Fr. Friedel said. Read more

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri offers aid & hope to flooding victims

MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER (MARC)—​Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO)​ Regional Director Kyle Schott and CCSOMO Disaster Case Managers Tyree Chapman, Robin Walters, and Crystal Gilliland along with a representative from Catholic Charities of Missouri (standing) ​posed for a photo Jan. 8 as they ​respond to the needs of flood victims at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Cape Girardeau.​ Want to help? Consult www.ccsomo.org. (The Mirror)
MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER (MARC)—​Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO)​ Regional Director Kyle Schott and CCSOMO Disaster Case Managers Tyree Chapman, Robin Walters, and Crystal Gilliland, along with a representative from Catholic Charities of Missouri (standing) ​posed for a photo Jan. 8 as they ​respond to the needs of flood victims at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Cape Girardeau.​ Want to help? Consult www.ccsomo.org. (The Mirror)

CCSOMO is helping with immediate needs, temporary housing, home repairs, and long-term case management 

Flooding of historic proportions affected almost all of southern Missouri from Dec. 23 through Jan. 9, 2016.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) quickly partnered with other relief organizations, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, to meet the immediate needs of those suffering. Representatives from CCSOMO attended numerous county Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) meetings throughout the diocese to discuss and plan activities. Staffers also attended multiple Resource Fairs and Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) to personally meet with disaster victims.

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Annual Activity Week reaps big dividends for NDHS

KING AND QUEEN—Senior candidates Blake Dunlap and Angelica Rubi were crowned King and Queen during the annual Activity Week held at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. The fundraising extravaganza raised over $265,000 for the school budget, with the senior class raising the highest per capita amount of $864.09 per student. (Submitted photo)
KING AND QUEEN—Senior candidates Blake Dunlap and Angelica Rubi were crowned King and Queen during the annual Activity Week held at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. The fundraising extravaganza raised over $265,000 for the school budget, with the senior class raising the highest per capita amount of $864.09 per student. (Submitted photo)

The annual Activity Week was held at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, the week of Sept. 21-25. It raised over $265,000 toward the school budget.

Many activities involving students, staff, parents, and the community, selling magazine subscriptions, candy, car washes, etc., was a tremendous success. This was the first time the Notre Dame Student per capita was over $500. Read more

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Local students awarded healthcare scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary in Cape Girardeau awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on July 31. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.

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Local students awarded healthcare scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary in Cape Girardeau awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on July 31. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.

The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980. The program is funded by the Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $533,000 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, maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and complete the application and essay requirements by the scheduled deadline. They must also reside within Saint Francis Medical Center’s service area, as defined in the application.

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Corpus Christi procession held in Cape Girardeau

Annual Corpus Christi procession held in Cape Girardeau

Priests, many diocesan seminarians, and area faithful participated in the annual Corpus Christi procession on June 7. The procession began at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau and with prayerful stops along the way, concluded at historic Old St. Vincent Church.

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Bishop dedicates new patient tower

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After more than 42 months of planning, Saint Francis Medical Center opened its new five-story patient tower on July 1. Saint Francis broke ground on the $127 million expansion and renovation project, “Building on Excellence,” on Nov. 28, 2012.

“We are excited to again open our front door to the community,” said Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Healthcare System. “This is a historic moment for the Saint Francis Healthcare System and the Saint Francis Family.”

The project adds more than 234,000 square feet of new construction and 148,600 square feet of renovated space, as well as an underground parking garage, to the current footprint, bringing the Medical Center to more than 1 million square feet.

The second, third, and fourth floors of the tower feature all private patient rooms with dedicated areas for orthopedics, neurosciences, medical, and surgical patients. Each of the specially designed rooms have lift systems for patient and caregiver safety and flat thresholds throughout so patients are less likely to trip on the floor. The Pain Management Center and Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center are easily accessible on the first floor. The fifth floor is reserved for future expansion.

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