Bishop Leibrecht celebrates 30th Episcopal anniversary

Retired Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht celebrated his 30th anniversary of ordination as a bishop on Dec. 12. It wasn’t a quiet celebration, however, as he joined several hundred parishioners and Bishop James V. Johnston in St. Ann Church, Carthage, for the annual  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Ordained a priest in 1956 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Bishop Leibrecht was ordained the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on Dec. 12, 1984, in Immaculate Conception Church, Springfield.  He served as Bishop until January of 2008 when his retirement was accepted by then-Pope Benedict XVI and James V. Johnston, Jr., was named Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.  Even though officially “retired,” Bishop Leibrecht happily continues to serve the diocese, presiding at Mass in parishes as needed, leading retreats and days of reflections, and other events. 

Happy Anniversary Bishop Leibrecht!

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Charismatic renewal celebrates 13 years in Carthage, MO

UNITED IN CHRIST–The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Hispanic prayer group, choir, and musicians, “Unidos en Cristo” (“United in Christ”), in St. Ann Parish, Carthage, celebrated its 13th anniversary on March 23, 2013. Between 200 to 250 faithful gather every Saturday evening for music, witnessing, formation, and prayer. (Submitted photos)

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