Bishop Edward M. Rice ordained Colby Elbert, age 33, a priest a week after fellow seminary classmate Fr. Joseph Stoverink, on Fri., June 2, at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Joplin. The church was packed with people and excitement as area priests and Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht concelebrated the liturgy.
Elbert expressed enthusiasm and missionary zeal as he begins his priestly ministry. He also professed his trust in God and “whatever doors may open for me.” Read more
The first-ever Capital Endowment Campaign in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is entering its final phase, and it is well on its way to a successful finish, thanks to the generosity of the more than 20,000 households in the diocese.
After two successful “blocks” exceeding goals, soon the 39 parishes in Block III will be asked to take the fund-raising effort over the finish line. The Block III campaign begins Jan. 9, when lay volunteers will ask their fellow parishioners to help raise the funds needed to support seminarians, retired priests, and youth formation through their prayerful sacrifices. Read more
Father John (“J.”) Freidel is always looking for ways to communicate with fellow Catholics and others around the Joplin area, so it was a natural fit to start a television show and launch a radio station.
“How do you take the message of Jesus and get it out for a whole new group?” Fr. Friedel asked, a priest who clearly has the gift of gab. “I see radio and television as a platform to be able to talk about what matters to me most: Jesus. And how and what Jesus talks about influences the world.”
Father Friedel is pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin, and St. Ann Parish in Carthage. He is also the diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians and the Director and Chaplain of Catholic Campus Ministry at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. Read more
Ceremony marked fifth anniversary of tornado, destruction of former hospital
A sapling from the New York City 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree was planted Sun., May 22, near the cancer center’s healing garden at Mercy Hospital Joplin.
The tree is a reminder of the kinship among survivors as Joplin marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado. The 9/11 Memorial announced last fall that Mercy would receive one of three saplings grown from seeds of the original Survivor Tree, along with Newtown, CT, and Madrid, Spain, each struck by tragedy.