Saint Francis Medical Center was recently honored with the Aim for Excellence Award (AIM) from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Saint Francis won in the small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals category with a quality improvement initiative to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates by 50 percent in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is the first year of the award which recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim—better health, improved care, and lower cost. Read more
To Bishop Rice, Bishop Leibrecht, my fellow priests, and classmates of Fr. Bill, sisters, deacons, beloved members of the Stanton family, Betty, Laura, Carol, and your loved ones, parishioners from parishes served by Msgr. Stanton, friends all, we come together in the celebration of the Lord’s liturgy and in prayer today for Msgr. William Stanton, or as we simply called him: Fr. Bill.
Fr. Ralph Duffner, or Fr. Jake as we called him, was Fr. Bill’s best friend and traveling companion. And when Fr Jake died in December of 2013, Fr. Bill simply mentioned to me, I want you to preach at my funeral. “I was going to have Jake preach,” he said, “but given Jake’s death, I would like for you to do so.” And for that reason, I am truly honored today. Read more
The following first appeared in Sept. 29, 2006 edition of The Mirror.
The reason for these stories is simply because younger priests of our diocese have said, “You ought to write these tales down for future generations.”
For the most part, names have been changed or forgotten. I always tell each tale for entertainment value. But before I forget all of them, I’m using this means to write them down, not as an historical record, but as a way of thanking all the wonderful people whom I have been privileged to work with and serve. It has been a wonderful journey and a spectacular ride! Read more
Following is an exerpt from the May 26, 2006 edition of The Mirror.
Msgr. William J. Stanton
While attending St. Louis University (SLU) as a young man, Msgr. William Stanton, parochial administrator, St. Michael Parish, Fredericktown, stopped on his way home in either Old College Church or the SLU Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for veneration. He stayed for 15 to 20 minutes each time. “I got to thinking about what I was really doing when I visited the Lord,” he said. And he realized that part of the reason he had not considered priesthood until then was “this false idea young people have—’I’m not worthy to be a priest.’” Read more
La reciente orden ejecutiva de rechazar a refugiados y de limitar o cerrar las puertas de nuestra nación a nuestros hermanos y hermanas migrantes que huyen del hambre, la pobreza, la violencia y la persecución, no representa lo mejor de nuestros valores e ideales Católicos y Americanos. Como Católicos, agradecemos la preocupación por los Cristianos, muchos de los cuales han sido blanco de violencia debido a su fe, han sido asesinados y han visto como destruyen sus iglesias, pero a la vez estamos decepcionados y alarmados por las acciones que se dirigen y que marcan a otros por el color de su piel, la lengua que hablan, la religión que profesan y la tierra que llaman su hogar.
Nosotros entendemos y apoyamos firmemente los esfuerzos para mejorar la seguridad de nuestro país contra el terrorismo y la violencia. Cada país tiene el derecho y el deber de proteger a sus ciudadanos y de asegurar sus fronteras. Pero no podemos lograr nuestra seguridad aislándonos. Los Estados Unidos estarán más seguros si buscan el crear un mundo más justo y pacífico. Read more
MO Bishops statement in Spanish.
The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant sisters and brothers who are fleeing hunger, hardships, violence and persecution does not represent the best of our Catholic and American values and ideals. As Catholics, we appreciate the concern shown to Christians, many of whom have been violently targeted because of their faith, murdered, and seen their churches destroyed, but we are disheartened and alarmed by actions that target and profile others because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they profess and the land they call home.
We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world. Read more
As we bring our observance of Catholic Schools Week to a close, I want to take the opportunity to offer some observations. During Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4), I have traveled throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to participate in different events and to hold all-school Masses in Joplin, Springfield, and Cape Girardeau. What sticks out in my mind is the support and sacrifice of the parents who choose Catholic education. Beyond the financial sacrifice to each family and parish, there is a spirit of dedication, support, and volunteerism throughout our 23 elementary schools and three high schools. So many of our parents go beyond the call of duty and step up to head fundraising initiatives and provide support services so that our children can have the best possible education in our schools. I offer a heartfelt thank you to all our parents. Read more
Steubenville STL Mid-America Youth Conferences are billed as high-energy, Catholic youth conferences where thousands of teens encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions and fellowship. The conference is an outreach of Franciscan University in partnership with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Two sessions will be held this year, July 14-16 and 21-23. They both take place on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Read more