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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NDHS Baseball Bulldogs Class 4 State Champs

BULLDOGS WIN 17-0—The boys baseball team at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, are Class 4 Missouri State Champions after defeating the Sullivan Eagles 17-0 on Sat., June 6, in O’Fallon, MO.  Pictured are: (front row) Winston Welter, Trevor Haas, Logan Heisserer, Cramer McGarr, Chase Urhahn, Ethan Hunter, Tyler Essner, Nick Jones, Garrett Siebert, Jake Edwards, Coach Jake Pewitt; (second row) Coach Jeremy Brinkmeyer, Coach Kirk Boeller, Ross Essner, Hunter Eftink, Graham Ruopp, Christian Job, Dean Crippen, Thomas Himmelberg, Coach Jeff Graviett, Logan Callahan, Derek Hulshof, Coach Cody Heisserer, Adam Pope, Tom Siebert, and Connor McGarr. (Photo by Laura Simon/Southeast Missourian)
BULLDOGS WIN 17-0—The boys baseball team at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, are Class 4 Missouri State Champions after defeating the Sullivan Eagles 17-0 on Sat., June 6, in O’Fallon, MO. Pictured are: (front row) Winston Welter, Trevor Haas, Logan Heisserer, Cramer McGarr, Chase Urhahn, Ethan Hunter, Tyler Essner, Nick Jones, Garrett Siebert, Jake Edwards, Coach Jake Pewitt; (second row) Coach Jeremy Brinkmeyer, Coach Kirk Boeller, Ross Essner, Hunter Eftink, Graham Ruopp, Christian Job, Dean Crippen, Thomas Himmelberg, Coach Jeff Graviett, Logan Callahan, Derek Hulshof, Coach Cody Heisserer, Adam Pope, Tom Siebert, and Connor McGarr. (Photo by Laura Simon/Southeast Missourian)

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Three new deacons: Baunach, Dunn, and Gordillo ordained June 5

Seminarians David Baunach, Charles Dunn, and Francisco Gordillo were ordained as transitional deacons by Bp. James V. Johnston in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, on June 5, 2015. Concelebrating the Mass were Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht and many area priests.

The trio of deacons will be assigned to work in parishes in the diocese for the summer months following their ordination, and then return to school to complete studies and formation prior to their anticipated priestly ordination.

Fr. J. Friedel, Director of Vocations/Seminarians for the diocese, commented that he is excited to see the deacons begin their ministry.

“Three very distinct and unique men,” Fr. Friedel said of Baunach, Dunn, and Gordillo, “they will now join the bishop, priests, and deacons of the diocese in works of charity, the very special ministry of serving at the altar, and in the ministry of preaching. This is, for them, a very important step in their journey to priesthood.”

For the deacons, their ‘journeys’ began at different points in their lives, each hearing their respective call to priesthood at particular, unique moments, and their discernment taking each of them to different seminaries for formation and studies.

To enjoy a photo gallery of the Diaconate ordination, please log on to
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2015 Performing and Visual Arts Hall of Fame inductees

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PAVA HALL OF FAME—The 2015 inductees for the Performing and Visual Arts Council (PAVA) Hall of Fame at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, are (front) Norval Randol and Matthew Buttrey; (back) Tom Neumeyer, Sr. Rosel Feder, SSND, and Michael Ansberry. (Submitted photo)

Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS), Cape Girardeau, has a storied past when considering its long history of musicals, drama performances, and Broadway Musical productions. It recently announced its 2015 Performing and Visual Arts Council (PAVA) Hall of Fame recipients for the school.

In addition to these inductees, there is a long list of talented artists once at Notre Dame who have gone on to perform, teach, and create visual arts throughout the country. Congratulations! Read more

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri holds first annual Bishop’s Walk

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SPRINGFIELD—Parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, posed for a photo after joining many walkers on the track at Springfield Catholic High School March 21 for the first annual Bishop’s Walk— “Families Helping Families.” Pictured were (front row) Mary Gray, Nancy Pikey, Cindy Bennett; (second row) Sr. Diane Frederick, OSF, Darryl Gates, Sue Gates, Lisa Spragg, Diana Mullen, Anita Gilliam; (third row) Tom Gray, and Jacob Gray. (Submitted photo)
SPRINGFIELD—Parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, posed for a photo after joining many walkers on the track at Springfield Catholic High School March 21 for the first annual Bishop’s Walk— “Families Helping Families.” Pictured were (front row) Mary Gray, Nancy Pikey, Cindy Bennett; (second row) Sr. Diane Frederick, OSF, Darryl Gates, Sue Gates, Lisa Spragg, Diana Mullen, Anita Gilliam; (third row) Tom Gray, and Jacob Gray. (Submitted photo)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) held its first annual Bishop’s Walk—“Families Helping Families” on Sat., March 21, 2015. The event was held at various times across southern Missouri on the same day in order to fund CCSOMO social services. For example, the walk was held in Joplin at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Parish and at 12-noon at St. Peter the Apostle Parish; in Springfield, the walk was held at 9 a.m. at Springfield Catholic High School. Bp. James V. Johnston walked at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau at its 12-noon event.

With people coming together as a Catholic community all over the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri raised $17,480 to fund such programs as LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home in Springfield, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and homelessness prevention even as a new initiative, the Bishop’s Walk had 1,000 parishioners walking to help neighbors in need. Read more

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Celebrating 100 years in ministry

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CENTENNIAL MASS—A Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration on Oct. 10 marked the 100th anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant of the Mass along with nine concelebrating priests and three deacons. The Gospel Proclamation was made by Deacon Rob Huff of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; candle bearers were Andrew Green (campus FOCUS Missionary) and Shiron Fonseka (CCM student); servers were Allen Kirchner and Gideon Barr (both CCM alumni and diocesan seminarians). A reception followed in the Drury Lodge. (Photo by Dennis Vollink)
CENTENNIAL MASS—A Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration on Oct. 10 marked the 100th anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant of the Mass along with nine concelebrating priests and three deacons. The Gospel Proclamation was made by Deacon Rob Huff of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; candle bearers were Andrew Green (campus FOCUS Missionary) and Shiron Fonseka (CCM student); servers were Allen Kirchner and Gideon Barr (both CCM alumni and diocesan seminarians). A reception followed in the Drury Lodge. (Photo by Dennis Vollink)

For a century, Catholic college students and faculty have enjoyed a near proximity to our traditions of faith on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau. Students, staff, alumni, and the wider Catholic community marked the historic 100-year anniversary of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) on Fri., Oct. 10, 2014. Bishop James V. Johnston presided over the commemorative festivities, which included Mass in Old St. Vincent Church followed by a joy-filled reception at the Drury Lodge.

“It’s truly amazing that for 100 years the Church has been present on campus to share the gospel of Jesus Christ at such a crucial time in the life of a young person,” Bp. Johnston said, congratulating the CCM community, “years which involve important decisions, life and vocation choices, and the formation of conscience. As such, this is a ministry that’s truly worthy of our ongoing prayers and support.” Read more

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