USCCB president calls for courage and commitment to end hate

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by By Karen Neoh - Martin Luther King Jr's Death Mask)
REV. DR. KING—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by Karen Neoh)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. Read more

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Fall Faculty Days honor educators in diocesan Catholic schools


The annual Fall Faculty Days sponsored by the diocesan Catholic Schools Office were held on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Jackson, and Springfield Catholic High School respectively. These days of renewal and fellowship for all faculty, educators, and principals in diocesan Catholic schools are also an opportunity to acknowledge various levels of service awards among the educators. Read more

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Diocesan Ecumenical Officer appointed


Bishop Edward M. Rice recently announced the appointment of Nicholas Lund-Molfese, MA, JD, as Diocesan Ecumenical Officer and liaison for matters related to public policy and Faithful Citizenship. The appointment is effectively immediately, and positions him as a knowledgeable resource to clergy, religious, and apostolates within the Church in Southern Missouri. Lund-Molfese currently serves as the diocesan representative to the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) and the MCC Public Policy Committee, which advises the Missouri Bishops on issues of legislative concern. Formerly the Director of Trinity Hills Catholic Worker House and Farm, which closed within the diocese this past year, Lund-Molfese serves the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau as its full-time Director of Social Ministry and Family Life as well as Director of Health Affairs and Respect for Life. In these capacities, he assists the bishop and other members of The Catholic Center staff in all matters related to protecting the sanctity of Life, ethics in healthcare, Catholic institutional identity, municipal ordinances, and issues related to poverty and the other pillars of Catholic social teaching within our Diocese.

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Bishop blesses & starts Cross Country meet at SCHS Oct. 3

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UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visits St. Joseph Catholic Academy

AMBASSADOR FOR ART & PEACE—World-renowned artist, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, artist and UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visited St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield, on Sept. 18. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Bonnie Johnson/The Mirror)

Ibiyinka Alao, a Nigerian American artist, spent Sept. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA)! He led an hour-long assembly followed by painting lessons for all of the students. All youth, Pre-K-eighth grade, were able to paint their own works of art inspired by Ibiyinka. Alao was in town to launch his upcoming movie, “My Fireflies.” “My Fireflies” is a short animated feature of his work and an audio book that was screened at the Springfield Art Museum on Sept. 26. Read more

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Dinner for Life raises crucial funding for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home

Photo by Jeffrey Sweet
A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Jeffrey Sweet)

Over 300 caring individuals gathered at the White River Conference Center in Springfield on Sept. 15 to express their support for homeless, pregnant women who choose life for their babies. Dinner for Life is the annual fundraiser in support of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Read more

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Bishop announces Diocesan Youth Endowment Fund


September 21, 2017

As you may recall, a recent Capital Endowment Campaign was recently conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to meet the impending needs of three areas of concern: to augment existing endowments for seminarian education and retired priests, and to establish an endowment for youth formation. The people of the Church in Southern Missouri responded generously and the Capital Campaign realized pledges and cash gifts in the amount of $23,319,000, surpassing its original goal of $15 million.
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