As you may recall, a recent Capital Endowment Campaign was recently conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to meet the impending needs of three areas of concern: to augment existing endowments for seminarian education and retired priests, and to establish an endowment for youth formation. The people of the Church in Southern Missouri responded generously and the Capital Campaign realized pledges and cash gifts in the amount of $23,319,000, surpassing its original goal of $15 million. Read more
St. John Parish has been the spiritual home of Catholics in Leopold since 1856. A rural community, with only one paved road coming into town, 375 families belong to the church.
Fr. David Coon serves as the pastor of the Leopold parish, as well as the 64 families at the 111-year-old St. Anthony Mission Church in Glennon, about 10 miles away.
The challenges of these small, rural parishes are many, but getting commitments to the Capital Endowment Campaign has not been one of them. In fact, both faith communities reached and exceeded their commitments well before the campaign concluded. Read more
Established by Pope Pius XII in 1956, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau extends over 39 counties and includes 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels. Although situated in the heartland, the Church in Southern Missouri is truly a mission territory. Our mission identity is also illustrated by the size and location of our parishes: small, often separated by great distances, and situated among many people of other denominations. Furthermore, our diocese faces the challenge and opportunity to minister to immigrants from Latin America, Mexico, Vietnam, and other places. Finally, our mission status makes us one of 94 dioceses in the country which receive financial assistance from Catholic Extension Society.
Endowments to augment youth, seminarians, retired priests
After reviewing the results of a recent feasibility study conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., approved a proposal to conduct a diocesan-wide capital campaign for $15 million. The campaign is titled, “Grateful for Our Past … Preparing for Our Future.” The purpose of the campaign is to augment existing endowments for preparing future priests for the Diocese and priest retirement, and to establish a new endowment for youth formation.
“This is a key moment in our diocese’s history,” said Bp. Johnston. “As we prepare to celebrate 60 years as a diocese [in 2016], we begin to realize that our response to critical needs in the present will have a huge impact for decades to come. “
Springfield Catholic Schools System recently announced that the late Charles H. “Chub” O’Reilly Sr., Marital Trust FBO Kenna Lou O’Reilly, distributed a generous gift to Springfield Catholic Schools for the purpose of satisfying the remaining balance of the Springfield Catholic High School Capital Campaign. Charlie O’Reilly, Trustee, along with his wife Mary Beth, Rosalie O’Reilly-Wooten, Larry O’Reilly, and David O’Reilly stated the gift was made in honor of O’Reilly’s longstanding commitment to Springfield Catholic Schools. Read more