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.
Pope Francis has appointed The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice the next bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The appointment was announced by the Vatican at 5 a.m. (CDT, local time) on April 26. Bishop-designate Rice is currently the auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
When a representative of the Vatican called about the appointment, Bishop Rice was praying Evening Prayer at Holy Redeemer Church, Webster Groves, MO, where he lives. Read more
On April 26 in Rome, Pope Francis answered the prayers of the faithful in southern Missouri when he announced at noon (5 a.m. in southern Missouri) that The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has been Vacant since the installation of The Most Reverend James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.
“The Diocese has been at prayer that the Holy Spirit will send us a bishop. Bishop Rice comes to us with strong administrative and pastoral experience,” said Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy, who has served the Church in Southern Missouri as Administator since November. “We are grateful for having such wonderful bishops in our 60-year history, and we now look forward to the leadership of Bishop Rice.” Read more
Over 1,000 walkers participated in the second annual Bishop’s Walk for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri—Families Helping Families on March 12. Twenty-eight parishes participated raising over $15,000 in support of our neighbors in need in Southern Missouri.
Parishioners from various parishes gathered together at the three main Walk sites in Cape Girardeau, Joplin, and Springfield, and seven parishes hosted their own Walks. Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau held its Bishop’s Walk on March 7 with the entire student body participating. The NDHS walk alone raised $3,000.