Bishop Edward Rice was invited to speak to a gatheing of Catholic school teachers at the launch of the new academic year. His remarks follow:
Pope Francis, in his letter “Joy of the Gospel,” tells us “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” Francis reminds us that “the Church’s primary mission is to evangelize the world.” So, as we look to the beginning of another academic year in our schools, it is important to revisit what it is that we are about. Read more
Drawing from the verse from Revelation 21:5, the theme of this year’s Steubenville Mid America Youth Conferences focused on the power of God, His Church, and the sacraments to truly ‘elevate’ modern society and all peoples to holiness. More than 8,000 young Catholics gathered together in the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield, the weekends of July 14-16 and July 21-23 to ponder that message and celebrate their faith.
More than 100 people came to the recent open house at Eden Village, a planned, gated community of 30 “tiny homes” for the disabled and chronically homeless. A project of the Gathering Tree, Eden Village is located at the site of a former mobile home park at 2801 E. Division Street in Springfield.
Bishop Edward Rice was invited to bless and dedicate the first home, which arrived in April. Read more
Individuals impacted by the recent floods were able to access information and assistance at a one-day Outreach Center held on Wed., June 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.
Disaster response staff from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri were available to meet with survivors to identify and assess unmet needs, provide support and connection to other resources, and furnish information on next steps. Unmet needs may include temporary housing, replacing personal belongings, home repairs, and long-term needs related to financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the Rite of Ordination of Brian J. Straus to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Friday evening, May 19, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Hundreds of family, friends, and faithful were in attendance, including many diocesan priests and permanent deacons who participated in the liturgy.
The Mirror interviewed Rev. Mr. Brian Straus: Read more
The small chapel to the north of the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield is never empty. There, people will be found in constant prayer and meditation, and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the reason why.
Since the Perpetual Adoration began this year, the challenge has been to get every hour scheduled so that the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone. A city-wide effort, each parish in and around Springfield is asked to encourage parishioners to participate, and each adorer is asked to commit to a specific hour each week. Read more
Over 23 million raised for youth formation, retired priests, seminarian education
If there was ever any doubt about the generosity and ability to give on the part of the members of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, it was soundly put to rest after the Diocese wrapped up its first-ever Capital Endowment Campaign.
Designed to raise funds to care for a growing number of retired clergy, to support seminarian education, and to help youth develop in their Catholic faith, the diocese exceeded its target of $15 million by raising a total of $23.2 million or 155 percent of the goal. Read more
First MARCs (Multi Agency Resource Centers) scheduled for counties throughout diocese
Thirteen inches of rain fell throughout southern Missouri between April 28 and May 3 this year. In the initial days after the flooding, Shea Lane, Director of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) traveled to nine counties (Barry, Christian, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone, and Taney) providing outreach to survivors, and partnered with other agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army along with the State Emergency Management team to coordinate the disaster response. Lane was moving west to east across the state, following the path of receding waters. Read more
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held its annual Spring Assembly April 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield. The gathering focused, in part, on the necessity of being “sowers of joy and healing through acts of love,” and featured presentations on the apparitions and messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pro-life ministries, and the importance of the home being a “domestic church,” among other topics.
‘Dear God, we thank you for all the gifts and talents bestowed upon Springfield Catholic High School by Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer,” said Bp. Edward Rice Feb. 1 to a packed gymnasium during Catholic Schools Week. “She was a faithful servant to You, showed true commitment to her students, and was passionate about Catholic education.”
In addition to Bp. Rice, Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and Central Pacific Provincial Leader for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sr. Maryann Owens, participated in the Mass and dedication of the Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer Atrium and Lounge, as did many area pastors, fellow School Sisters of Notre Dame, students, faculty, and administrators at Springfield Catholic High School (SCHS). Read more