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

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Beussink named 2018 National Merit Commended Student


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


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

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


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

Photo by Jeffrey Sweet
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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World Mission Sunday 2017


World Mission Sunday is Oct. 22, 2017. Each October, this celebration leads us to the heart of our Christian faith – leads us to mission, as Pope Francis explains.

On this day, we are called—as baptized Catholics—to celebrate and support local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half the territory of the globe. Through the work and witness of mission priests, religious, and lay leaders, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.

This year, we are invited as well into a special opportunity to engage with Pope Francis and learn more about his missions. To do so, visit


The Catholic Church, through the Pontifical Mission Societies, supports a global network of people working on the frontline of service for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Every year, though, the need outstrips our ability to help. Through MISSIO, projects that might otherwise remain un- or under- funded, can now be showcased via a digital platform, thereby expanding the network of potential supporters beyond the doors of a church, school or parish.

• Pope Francis launched the  first version of the Pontical Mission Societies’ MISSIO as a mobile app in 2013, which offered news from the Mission Church.

• In 2015, during the Pope’s visit to the United States, the Pontical Mission Societies updated this app to allow users to connect directly with mission project leaders overseas.

• A Web version of MISSIO——was launched on World Mission Sunday 2016.

• is a crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, via the Internet/social media.

• All MISSIO projects are affliated with the local Church or with a local Religious institution (seminary, convent, school) in the Missions.

• Projects are vetted by the Pontical Mission Societies in the United States and reviewed by the Ordinaries of those (arch)dioceses in which the projects are located.

• 100% of the funds donated to MISSIO go directly to projects/project leaders.

• Funding is transferred to project leaders via the Apostolic Nuncio of the country in which the project is located.

• MISSIO is a transparent, trusted, and effective means of supporting mission projects overseas.

• Parish and school leaders in the United States can create or select projects to support in the Missions for annual sacrificial giving (such as Lent and Advent), secure in the knowledge that that funds will be directed to the Pope’s own missions. Best of all, MISSIO builds community and fosters missionary discipleship by encouraging ongoing communication with mission project leaders.

• MISSIO is an ideal platform for parishes and (arch)dioceses engaged in twinning relationships. Specific projects can be posted on the platform to expand the potential network of supporters.

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