White Mass, St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, Oct. 15, 2016
I wish to thank you for participating in this White Mass, close to the Feast of St. Luke, the Physician. We pray for those in all aspects of health care, that you continue to offer your hands, your healing hands, as an extension of the hands of Christ Himself, the Divine Physician.
With so much technology being applied to the field of medicine and medical research these days, it seems to me that, all the more our health care professionals need to be grounded in a morality and ethics, lest we drift farther and farther away from the foundational principles which guide health care as well as Catholic Health Care. Read more
The auditorium at Springfield Catholic High School (SCHS)was full, but you could have heard a pin drop as John O’Leary told the story of being a nine-year-old boy on fire.
That fire, set by the curious little boy himself, would burn 100 percent of his body, cost him his hands, and part of an ear, and send him on a journey that led him to stand in front of high school and middle school students to challenge them to make their lives matter.
The story of his injuries and recovery was riveting, punctuated with photos and jokes by the speaker. But, the moral of his story was even more riveting: He called students to live up to Christ’s example and be agents of change in their life and the lives of others. Read more
St. Joseph Catholic Academy kindergarten and first grade classes recently experienced learning with a Pirate theme.
The students made maps, learned how to find their way with the use of a compass, and enjoyed eating Pirate snacks.
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.”
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“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
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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.
July 8, 2016
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.