Seminarians join Bishop Rice for Cardinals baseball in St. Louis

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME—Five diocesan Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in St. Louis joined Bishop Edward Rice at the Sept. 25 National League Baseball header between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pictured were Josh Carroll, Rylee Hartwell, Bishop Rice, Daniel Belken, die-hard Cubs fan and native of Chicago Msgr. Tom Reidy, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese, and pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa; Fr. Tom Kiefer, Vice Chancellor and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; Allen Kirchner, and John Hawks. Clearly the number of Cardinal fans in this group wasn’t a factor in a Red Bird win, as the Cubs won the match-up with a final score of 10-2. (The Mirror)
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME—Five diocesan Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in St. Louis joined Bishop Edward Rice at the Sept. 25, 2017, National League Baseball header between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pictured were Josh Carroll, Rylee Hartwell, Bishop Rice, Daniel Belken, die-hard Cubs fan and native of Chicago Msgr. Tom Reidy, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese, and pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa; Fr. Tom Kiefer, Vice Chancellor and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; Allen Kirchner, and John Hawks. Clearly the number of Cardinal fans in this group wasn’t a factor in a Red Bird win, as the Cubs won the match-up with a final score of 10-2. (The Mirror)

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Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) held in Lebanon

TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)—The 160th Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) was held Aug. 5-7 in St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. Participants numbered 42 candidates and their team, representing 15 different parishes. The team included (not in order): Kirk Verhoff, Daniel Mezzacapa, Jimmy Mezzacapa, Deacon Jim Walters, Susie Walters, Andrew Peters, Deacon James Soptick, John Patton, Hunter Crockett, Isaac Mezzacapa, Korrie Buckman, Kathy Werner, Jennifer Bartlett, Emily Seiler, Crystal Folks, Ian Wille, Anna Padgett, Cindy Hiatt, Rick Mulheron, and Emma Buckman. The candidates were (not in order): Lydia (DJ) Austin, Dakota Risinger, Jacob Toombs, Rita Hempel, Jesus Martinez, Cale Bartlett, Alondra Sanchez, Sarah Smith, Jack Silberberg, Lydia Prescott, Austin (AJ) Perkins, Tristen Meints, Becca Williams, Kelsey Bartlett, Philomena Hempel, Sebastian Rhoades, Alexandria (Ally) Gerant, Garrett Belken, Noah Risinger, Mary Hempel, John Hubbert,and Jozie Jensen. (The Mirror)
TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)—The 160th Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) was held Aug. 5-7, 2017 in St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. Participants numbered 42 candidates and their team, representing 15 different parishes. The team included (not in order): Kirk Verhoff, Daniel Mezzacapa, Jimmy Mezzacapa, Deacon Jim Walters, Susie Walters, Andrew Peters, Deacon James Soptick, John Patton, Hunter Crockett, Isaac Mezzacapa, Korrie Buckman, Kathy Werner, Jennifer Bartlett, Emily Seiler, Crystal Folks, Ian Wille, Anna Padgett, Cindy Hiatt, Rick Mulheron, and Emma Buckman. The candidates were (not in order): Lydia (DJ) Austin, Dakota Risinger, Jacob Toombs, Rita Hempel, Jesus Martinez, Cale Bartlett, Alondra Sanchez, Sarah Smith, Jack Silberberg, Lydia Prescott, Austin (AJ) Perkins, Tristen Meints, Becca Williams, Kelsey Bartlett, Philomena Hempel, Sebastian Rhoades, Alexandria (Ally) Gerant, Garrett Belken, Noah Risinger, Mary Hempel, John Hubbert,and Jozie Jensen. (The Mirror)

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Bishop blesses & starts Cross Country meet at SCHS Oct. 3

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Beussink named 2018 National Merit Commended Student

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Notre Dame Regional High School principal, Bro. David Migliorino, OSF, recently announced that Drew Beussink has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. Read more

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Keynote address of Apostolic Nuncio at MCC’s 50th anniversary

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Catholics throughout Missouri flocked to Jefferson City for the 50th Anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) held on Sat., Oct. 7. Since 1967, the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, has been the voice of Missouri’s Catholic Bishops and Catholic citizens in the halls of the State Capitol. Papal Apostolic Nuncio to the US Archbishop Christophe Pierre was the keynote speaker for this momentous Annual Assembly and offered a special message from Pope Francis in his remarks.

His keynote remarks follow: Read more

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Bishop preaches on prayer with students

A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by The Mirror
BLESSING—Students celebrated Mass with Bishop Edward Rice in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chapel on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on Sept. 10. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice had Mass Sept. 10 with Catholic Campus Ministry students at Southeast Missouri State University. He talked about prayer and country music. His homily follows:

How often have people gathered in prayer only to have the prayer go unanswered or go in a total opposite direction? How often have maybe some of you prayed for the physical healing of a loved one or the spiritual healing of a friend and have had that prayer go unanswered? How often have we prayed for peace in our world only to see war, violence, and destruction increase? Read more

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UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visits St. Joseph Catholic Academy

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AMBASSADOR FOR ART & PEACE—World-renowned artist, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, artist and UN Ambassador for Art & Peace visited St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield, on Sept. 18. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Bonnie Johnson/The Mirror)

Ibiyinka Alao, a Nigerian American artist, spent Sept. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA)! He led an hour-long assembly followed by painting lessons for all of the students. All youth, Pre-K-eighth grade, were able to paint their own works of art inspired by Ibiyinka. Alao was in town to launch his upcoming movie, “My Fireflies.” “My Fireflies” is a short animated feature of his work and an audio book that was screened at the Springfield Art Museum on Sept. 26. Read more

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New CEO installed for Saint Francis Healthcare System


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Maryann Reese was installed as President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System (SFHS) on Sept. 20 by The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice in the St. Francis Conference Center. Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Saint Francis since August 2015.

PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. (The Mirror)
PRESIDENT & CEO—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Maryann Reese, new President and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare System, and Nick Lund-Molfese, diocesan Director of Social Ministry, Family Life, Health Affairs, and Respect Life. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, retired Sept. 1 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. He had led Saint Francis since 1999. Read more

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Dinner for Life raises crucial funding for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home

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A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Jeffrey Sweet)

Over 300 caring individuals gathered at the White River Conference Center in Springfield on Sept. 15 to express their support for homeless, pregnant women who choose life for their babies. Dinner for Life is the annual fundraiser in support of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Read more

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