Capital Campaign Case Statement


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About Our Diocese

 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.

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Capital campaign announced for $15 million

RETIRED PRIESTS—Msgr. Richard Rolwing, Msgr. William Stanton, and Msgr. Raymond Orf are three of 15 retired priests of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.A new capital campaign seeks to augment the endowment for retired priests, youth formation, and seminarian education. Msgr. Rolwing, who at age 88, is the oldest priest of the diocese, was ordained in 1953 and has been a priest for 62 years; ordained the year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was founded, Msgr. Stanton will celebrate 60 years as a priest in 2016, the same year the Diocese will mark its 60th Anniversary; and Msgr. Orf was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, making this is 60th year as a priest. (The Mirror/Phil Labadie)
RETIRED PRIESTS—Msgr. Richard Rolwing, Msgr. William Stanton, and Msgr. Raymond Orf are three of 15 retired priests of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. A new capital campaign seeks to augment the endowment for retired priests, youth formation, and seminarian education. Msgr. Rolwing, who at age 88 is the oldest priest of the diocese, was ordained in 1953 and has been a priest for 62 years; ordained the same year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was founded, Msgr. Stanton will celebrate 60 years as a priest in 2016; and Msgr. Orf was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, making this his 60th year as a priest. (The Mirror/Phil Labadie)

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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. “

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Generous donation from local family closes capital campaign

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

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