Former Director of Seminarians dies at 86

Msgr. Mark Ernstmann
Msgr. Mark Ernstmann

Msgr. Mark C. Ernstmann died Wed., Aug. 7, 2013. He was age 86. May he rest in peace.

The Funeral Mass was Mon., Aug. 12, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Many priests concelebrated the Mass and burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Springfield.

Msgr. Ernstmann was born May 22, 1927, in Wichita, KS, to Frank and Minnie (Smith) Ernstmann. He attended Conception Seminary in Conception, MO, and received his STL degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Msgr. Ernstmann was ordained June 2, 1951, in St. Joseph Church in Springfield by Most Rev. Joseph M. Marling, Auxiliary Bishop of Kansas City, for the Diocese of Kansas City, MO. Read more

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Bishop blesses cross at Springfield Catholic High School

RITE OF BLESSING--Bishop James V. Johnston (center), blessed the new cross Aug. 29 that will be placed atop the front of Springfield Catholic High School. Asiting the Bishop Johnston was Msgr. Tom Reidy, left, and Fr. Mike McDevitt. (Submitted photo)
RITE OF BLESSING–Bishop James V. Johnston (center), blessed the new cross Aug. 29 that will be placed atop the front of Springfield Catholic High School. Asiting the Bishop Johnston was Msgr. Tom Reidy, left, and Fr. Mike McDevitt. (Submitted photo)

On Aug. 29, Bishop James V. Johnston blessed the cross that will soon fit atop the newly-expanded facilities at Springfield Catholic High School. Also onhand were Fr. Fergus Monaghan, pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield; Msgr. Tom Reidy, pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield; and Fr. Mike McDevitt, pastor, St. Agnes Cathedral Parish, Springfield.

The $12.9 million expansion currently underway at Springfield Catholic, to date the largest in diocesan history, includes a new wing of classrooms including state of the art science laboratories, an outdoor atrium, new cafetorium, renovated large gymnasium and additional practice gym, a new roof and central air-conditioning throughout the building. Although not entirely complete, Bp. Johnston will bless the building on Oct. 4 at 8:30 a.m. The project is anticipated to be final in the spring of 2014. The current 2013 enrollment at Springfield Catholic High School is 328.

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Participate in Envisioning the Future of the Diocese

Listening sessions slated across diocese this fall

ENVISIONING LEADERSHIP TEAM—Assisting Bp. James V. Johnston in setting diocesan priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is the Envisioning Leadership Team. Pictured are Barb Eckert, Catholic Leadership Institute;  Deacon Alan Bandy, Sacred Heart Parish, Willow Springs, and St. Joseph Mission Church, White Church; Karen Pesek, diocesan Director of Religious Education and Child and Youth Protection Coordinator, Springfield; Annette Peterson, laywoman, youth ministry, Joplin; Louis Griesemer, layman, business owner, Springfield; Bp. James V. Johnston; Mark Kiblinger, layman, engineer, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Dave Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Cape Girardeau; Sr. Darlene Presley, consecrated religious, rural ministry, Caruthersville; and Carmen Perez, laywoman, Hispanic Ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield.  Not pictured is Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Branson, and Our Lady of the Ozarks, Forsyth. (The Mirror)
ENVISIONING LEADERSHIP TEAM—Assisting Bp. James V. Johnston in setting diocesan priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is the Envisioning Leadership Team. Pictured are Barb Eckert, Catholic Leadership Institute; Deacon Alan Bandy, Sacred Heart Parish, Willow Springs, and St. Joseph Mission Church, White Church; Karen Pesek, diocesan Director of Religious Education and Child and Youth Protection Coordinator, Springfield; Annette Peterson, laywoman, youth ministry, Joplin; Louis Griesemer, layman, business owner, Springfield; Bp. James V. Johnston; Mark Kiblinger, layman, engineer, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Dave Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Cape Girardeau; Sr. Darlene Presley, consecrated religious, rural ministry, Caruthersville; and Carmen Perez, laywoman, Hispanic Ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield. Not pictured is Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Branson, and Our Lady of the Ozarks, Forsyth. (The Mirror)

Bp. James V. Johnston has begun a process to Discern and Proclaim a Mutually-Shared Vision and set Diocesan Priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. A diocesan advisory team has been assembled to walk this journey with Bp. Johnston. The process is facilitated by the Catholic Leadership Institute and will have a major impact on the diocese.

“We will be meeting for a full year, but a critical part of this process will involve the participation of everyone in the diocese,” Bishop Johnston said. This will primarily take place in the form of a series of listening sessions that will occur during the months of Sept.-Nov. across the diocese. Read more

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