Thanks to support and a generous grant from the diocese, the Beginning Experience program is one of the best kept secrets and most complete programs of its kind in the country.
Beginning Experience (BE) is a ministry of the Catholic Church designed to help “facilitate the grief resolution process for adults and children who have suffered a loss through death, divorce, or separation, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others, and God.”
“I’ve gone to countless Catholic retreats, but Steubenville was much different!” Such were the sentiments of Claire Croley, 17, first-time attendee at a Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conference. Croley is a parishioner at Holy Trinity in Springfield an incoming senior at Springfield Catholic High School.
Held in JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University (MSU), Springfield, the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences were over two weekends, July 8-10 and July 15-17, and had the look and feel of a rock concert. In fact, they were set up as such—with a stage, three big video screens, and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section. Read more
A photo gallery of the ordinations may include others of interest may be found here.
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s “new” transitional deacons may come from opposite sides of the diocese, but share many things in common when it comes to certain things related to their discernment: the lived Faith of their parents inspires them, friendships inside and outside of the seminary encourages them, and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthens them.
Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bp. Edward M. Rice on Friday evening, June 10, in St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield. Their ordinations were a culmination of the formation, prayer, education, and relationships that have brought them one step closer to the priesthood, the journey toward which began in each of their homes, in their “domestic Church.” Read more
After 123 years, it was time to have an all-school reunion at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, formally St. Joseph Catholic School.
Robert Healey from the class of 1949 took a tour of the school building on Scott Street in Springfield before joining other alums in the all-purpose room. He admitted the building was “big-time different,” but added that there is much that is the same, including the rigorous academics.
Bishop Edward M. Rice offered a Mass for peace and healing in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night for the tragic events in Dallas and violence around the country. Hundreds gathered in the cathedral on July 8 to pray for the nation and its first responders and all those who sorrow. The readings for the liturgy were Isaiah 9:1-6 and John 15:9-17.
Bishop Edward M. Rice announced the annual pastoral appointments on June 24, 2016. “Having been designated the Ordinary of this diocese on June 1, 2016, one of the first responsibilities for me was to make the pastoral assignments,” Bp. Rice said. “Below you will see the details of the appointments. I deeply appreciate the willingness of these men to undertake these ministerial responsibilities. For those of you who are leaving the diocese to work elsewhere in the Church, my prayers go with you. As members of the presbyterate, let us keep one another in prayer.”
From Protestant pastor, to Anglican priest, to Catholic priest
People in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau may be surprised to learn of a priest with a wife and five children. His name is Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah. As with most priests, he has a strong devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady.
Fr. Seraiah is a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was the Vatican’s pastoral response to repeated and persistent inquiries made by Anglican individuals and groups in the US and Canada who, over time, have come to identify the Catholic Church as their home. Those joining the Ordinariate have discerned they are truly Catholic in what they believe and desire full membership in the Catholic Church.
Often referred to as The Gentle Giant, Fr. David Baunach was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau the morning of Sat., May 28, 2016. Held in St. Agnes Cathedral, the principal celebrant of the liturgy was The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice, who at that time, had just moved to Springfield and was anticipating his Installation as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
Fr. Baunach completed his college studies at Conception Seminary College under the direction of the Benedictine monks, and found the spirit of prayer fostered in the monastic setting beneficial. Read more
With successful efforts wrapping up on the east side of the Diocese, parishioners in the central section can soon expect to be asked to consider their contributions to the Diocese’s first-ever Capital Endowment Campaign.
Begun in January, the generosity far exceeded the goal for Block 1 of the campaign, according to Gene Aug, Director of Development and Properties. With nearly $8 million already pledged, the 18 eastern parishes reached 131 percent of the goal for that region. Out of 6,999 families, 2,800 families pledged an average of $2,595, demonstrating their willingness to sacrifice today tor the future of their Diocese and the Church. Read more
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Bp.-emeritus John J. Leibrecht celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.
On April 11, the now-retired bishop was honored during a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, and again on the following Thu., April 14, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. Both events marked the gift of his service to God and the Church.