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

‘Families Helping Families’

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

Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University

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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23 local students awarded healthcare scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students for this academic year. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. Read more

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Fr. Saunders installed pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral

INSTALLATION MASS—Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated an installation Mass for Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau​, on the Sunday morning of Oct. 12. Pictured at the reception that followed were Bp. Johnston, Joe Saunders, Fr. Saunder’s brother; Fr. Saunders; Gerald Saunders, father of Fr. Saunders; and Msgr. William Stanton, retired, who resides in Cape Girardeau. (Submitted photo)
INSTALLATION MASS—Bishop James V. Johnston celebrated an installation Mass for Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau​, on the Sunday morning of Oct. 12. Pictured at the reception that followed were Bishop Johnston, Joe Saunders, Fr. Saunder’s brother; Fr. Saunders; Gerald Saunders, father of Fr. Saunders; and Msgr. William Stanton, retired, who resides in Cape Girardeau. (Submitted photo)

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School of Excellence: Notre Dame Regional High School

PRESS CONFERENCE—​Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger congratulate​d​ Br​.​ David ​Migliorino, OSF, ​after ​he made ​remarks ​Sept. 15 ​on ​Notre Dame Regional High School’s​​ School of Excellence Award.​ ​The distinguished Catholic high school held a school-wide pep rally and assembly in order to announce its award as one of the top 5% Catholic academic institutions in the US.  (Photo courtesy Notre Dame Regional High School)
PRESS CONFERENCE—​Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger congratulate​d​ Br​.​ David ​Migliorino, OSF, ​after ​he made ​remarks ​Sept. 15 ​on ​Notre Dame Regional High School’s​​ School of Excellence Award.​ ​The distinguished Catholic high school held a school-wide pep rally and assembly in order to announce its award as one of the top 5% Catholic academic institutions in the US.
 (Photo courtesy Notre Dame Regional High School)

On Sept. 15, The Cardinal Newman Society released its list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll. That same day, it was announced at a school-wide assembly and pep rally that Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau is a 2014 School of Excellence.

“I am most grateful for this distinction,” said Br. David Anthony Migliorino, OSF, principal. “It shows the dedication of the staff, the determination of the students, and the support of the parents and alumni of Notre Dame Regional High School.” Read more

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Award-winning Notre Dame cheerleaders ready for season

The Notre Dame ​Regional High School ​Cheerleading Squad consists of 12 ​j​unio​r​ ​v​arsity and 15 ​v​arsity cheerleaders. This talented group of young ladies will ​kick–off ​Bulldog ​season at Open House on Aug. 26, and be “cheering on” the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs during the 2014-2015 season. Read more

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New art graces halls of St. Vincent de Paul School

THE LAST SUPPER—Artist Ginger Miller and students in St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, enjoyed the unveiling and blessing of one of two murals in the school on May 14. Pictured is the mural The Last Supper. Miller, the art teacher in St. Vincent de Paul School, completed another mural for the school entitled, The Life of Christ. Diocesan seminarian, David Baunach, painted a canvas of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron of the parish and school. (Submitted photo)
THE LAST SUPPER—Artist Ginger Miller and students in St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, enjoyed the unveiling and blessing of one of two murals in the school on May 14. Pictured is the mural The Last Supper. Miller, the art teacher in St. Vincent de Paul School, completed another mural for the school entitled, The Life of Christ. Diocesan seminarian David Baunach painted a canvas of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron of the parish and school. (Submitted photo)

On May 14, 2014, Fr. David Hulshof, pastor, blessed two murals and a painting in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Cape Girardeau. Ginger Miller, art teacher, St. Vincent de Paul School, was the creator of the two murals: The Last Supper mural, a copy of artist Leonardo Da Vinci’s great work; and The Life of Christ, a copy of John Fitzgibbon’s original. Fitzgibbon is a Catholic artist in Springfield. Diocesan seminarian David Baunach was the artist for the canvas painting of St. Vincent de Paul, patron saint of the parish and school. The blessing took place with students, administrators, teachers, parents, and staff. Read more

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Catholic Scouting highlights faith & service

An annual Catholic Scouting Awards ceremony with Bp. James V. Johnston, who himself is an Eagle Scout, took place in Old St. Vincent Church in Cape Girardeau on Wed., May 7. A similar event was held in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Tue., May 6.

The awards ceremonies were coordinated by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, which meets quarterly to assist the Catholic Scouts in their spiritual development through Scouting. Read more

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