‘Do whatever he tells you. …’

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Second annual Marian Conference attendees gain insights into growth in holiness through Mary

RELICS–A “relic room” at the Marian Conference offered many relics of various saints for veneration by the conference attendees. The second annual Marian Conference was held Oct. 26-27 in Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield. (Photo by Emily Kelly)
RELICS–A “relic room” at the Marian Conference offered many relics of various saints for veneration by the conference attendees. The second annual Marian Conference was held Oct. 26-27 in Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield. (Photo by Emily Kelly)

“As we draw near to the conclusion of the Year of Faith, it is fitting that we turn our attention to Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. Her simple words at the Wedding of Cana, ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (John 2:5), serve us well as we seek to live our faith in Jesus to the fullest.”

Such was the opening message of Bp. James V. Johnston to attendees of the 2013 Marian Conference held the weekend of Oct. 26-27 in Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield. The bishop encouraged those present to imitate Mary’s “response of faith and obedience” and to embrace the opportunity to grow in holiness “coming together as disciples of Jesus.” Bp. Johnston celebrated Mass on Saturday morning of the conference, joined by several concelebrating priests. Read more

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Annual Seminarian Gathering draws summer to an end

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DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS–Diocesan seminarians posed for a photo during the opening liturgy of the diocesan Seminarian Gathering in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Sun., Aug. 4. They were (front row) Joseph Kelly, Nicholas Koeppel, Bp. James V. Johnston, Daniel Belken, Colby Elbert; (second row) Francisco Gordillo, Josh Carroll, Brian Straus, Andrew Williams, Joseph Stoverink, Nicholas Newton; (third row) Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, diocesan Director of Vocation Promotions, Charles Dunn, David Baunach, and Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. Not pictured were Luis Hernandez and Juan Rosete. (Photo by Dan Williams)
DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS–Diocesan seminarians posed for a photo during the opening liturgy of the diocesan Seminarian Gathering in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Sun., Aug. 4. They were (front row) Joseph Kelly, Nicholas Koeppel, Bp. James V. Johnston, Daniel Belken, Colby Elbert; (second row) Francisco Gordillo, Josh Carroll, Brian Straus, Andrew Williams, Joseph Stoverink, Nicholas Newton; (third row) Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, diocesan Director of Vocation Promotions, Charles Dunn, David Baunach, and Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. Not pictured were Luis Hernandez and Juan Rosete. (Photo by Dan Williams)

Bp. James V. Johnston recently met with diocesan seminarians for the Seminarian Gathering at Forsyth. The annual event was held Aug. 4-7 and concluded the summer with several days of prayer and fellowship at a lakeside resort. The retreat came as a welcome “pause” for the men after several weeks of summer ministry and formation opportunities around the diocese, many beyond the diocesan borders.

Most of the seminarians had opportunities for ‘ora et labora’ (‘pray and work’) at Trinity Hills, the diocesan center for prayer, formation, and service, and a few took part in the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences in Springfield in July. Several seminarians also volunteered at summer sessions of Camp Re-NEW-All in both Fredericktown and Cassville, as well as spent time in parish ministry.

“Seminarian formation doesn’t just happen in school studying theology,” said Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. “Formation also happens when the men are out among the people of the diocese and with each other.” Read more

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Local World Youth Day of the Ozarks ‘connects’ diocesan youth to Rio

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YOUNGEST ATTENDEE–Four-month-old John Francis Kelly was one of the youngest attendees at World Youth Day in the Ozarks in Springfield, held on the campus of St. Agnes Cathedral. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
YOUNGEST ATTENDEE–Four-month-old John Francis Kelly was one of the youngest attendees at World Youth Day in the Ozarks in Springfield, held on the campus of St. Agnes Cathedral. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

Dozens of diocesan youth and young adults were on-hand for festivities and service-work during World Youth Day in the Ozarks, held the weekend of July 27-28 on the grounds of St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield. Held as an alternative event for those who could not travel to Rio de Janeiro, host of this year’s international youth gathering, World Youth Day in the Ozarks helped attendees feel “connected” with the estimated 3 million people in Rio by offering Brazilian-themed food, sharing in service-work and prayer, and watching video clips of Pope Francis from actual World Youth Day festivities. The event was organized by the diocesan Office of Family Ministries.

On Sat., July 27, the local “pilgrims” prayed a Rosary along a giant chalk-drawn set of beads on the St. Agnes Cathedral school parking lot, performed service-work at the St. Anne Campus of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, and participated in various activities and praise-and-worship periods on the St. Agnes School sports fields. Diocesan seminarians and religious men and women serving in southern Missouri spoke on Saturday afternoon about the importance of being open to God’s call to service. Read more

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Camp Re-NEW-All staffer celebrates 100th week of camp service

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100 WEEKS–Celebrating his 100th session of volunteering at Camp Re-N EW-All, a beaming José Tirado displayed a piece of art that, at careful glance, reveals the source of the devotion and energy that he brings to Camp each summer. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
100 WEEKS–Celebrating his 100th session of volunteering at Camp Re-N EW-All, a beaming José Tirado displayed a piece of art that, at careful glance, reveals the source of the devotion and energy that he brings to Camp each summer. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
LET’S EAT CAKE–José Tirado’s cake in honor of his 100th week of volunteering at Camp Re-N EW-All, Cassville, MO (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
LET’S EAT CAKE–José Tirado’s cake in honor of his 100th week of volunteering at Camp Re-N EW-All, Cassville, MO (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

During the week of July 14-20, José Tirado laid claim to a milestone that has only been reached by a handful of folks involved in youth ministry in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. With a bit of festive camp ‘fanfare,’ he celebrated his 100th week of volunteer service at Camp Re-NEW-All and was honored for such on the evening of Thu., July 18.

“Praise Jesus!” Tirado exclaimed as he was presented with a cake and recognized by staff and campers in the Camp Smokey dining hall near Cassville on Roaring River. Doing some impromptu ‘jumping jacks,’ Tirado exhibited the spirit-fueled excitement and fervor that is characteristic of this particular camp staffer.

A Secular Franciscan by vocation and a member of St. Agnes Cathedral Parish in Springfield, Tirado began volunteering at Camp Re-NEW-All in 1983 after being recruited by Virginia Sander. Having a presence at the annual camp for the better part of three decades, Tirado gives all credit to God for his good health, so necessary at a youth camp held in the heat of the Ozarks’ summer. Read more

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TEC: Retreat for young Catholics, Aug. 10-12

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Teens Encounter Christ weekend for high-school aged youth

TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)–For over 40 years, Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) has been bringing the essentials of the Catholic faith to high school seniors and young adults in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ, there is an upcoming TEC opportunity scheduled for Aug. 10-12 in Springfield. (Photo by Katie Newton)
TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)–For over 40 years, Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) has been bringing the essentials of the Catholic faith to high school seniors and young adults in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ, there is an upcoming TEC opportunity scheduled for Aug. 10-12 in Springfield. (Photo by Katie Newton)

A movement began in the Catholic Church in the years following the Second Vatican Council that has proven to produce numerous spiritual fruits in the lives of countless youth and young adults. Inspired by the Church’s “renewed vision” and focus on the Paschal Mystery in the mid-1960s, Fr. Matthew Fedewa of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, helped design a retreat program to share that vision and focus with young Catholics.

Begun in 1965, Fr. Fedewa’s retreat program became Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and eventually grew into an international program. Hundreds of thousands of people, in dozens of dioceses across several countries, have embraced the TEC experience and walked away with a renewed fervor for life and love for Christ. A TEC retreat will be held Aug. 10-12 in Springfield. Read more

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Thousands attend Steubenville Youth Conferences in Springfield

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DIOCESAN YOUTH PAUSE FOR LUNCH–Diocesan youth Robert Hearnes, Clayton Ohmes, and Addie McGill traveled with a group from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston, St. Henry Parish in Charleston, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau to attend the first weekend of Steubenville Youth Conferences in Springfield July 12-14. (<i>The Mirror</i>, J.B. Kelly)
DIOCESAN YOUTH PAUSE FOR LUNCH–Diocesan youth Robert Hearnes, Clayton Ohmes, and Addie McGill traveled with a group from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston, St. Henry Parish in Charleston, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau to attend the first weekend of Steubenville Youth Conferences in Springfield July 12-14. (The Mirror, J.B. Kelly)

Over 3,000 young Catholics from across the Midwest descended upon the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield,  recently for the first of two Steubenville Youth Conferences taking place this month. Attendees spent the weekend hearing presentations on the theme “Chosen,” based upon 1 John 4:19 (“We love, because he first loved us.”).

A number of youth from parishes in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau made pilgrimage to the July 12-14 conference, one of the largest annual Catholic youth conferences in the nation. Read more

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Catholic radio broadcasting in two regions of the diocese

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Covenant Network and Catholic Radio Network partner with donors to make it happen

CATHOLIC RADIO NETWORK–Jim O’Laughlin is pictured with the equipment located at the Catholic radio station KQOH 91.9 FM. O’Laughlin is president of Catholic Radio Network which owns and operates the Springfield-area station, the second in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Covenant Network operates the Dexter-based station of KHJM-FM 89.1, the diocese’s first Catholic radio station, which was launched in 2010. (Photo by Leslie A. Eidson)
CATHOLIC RADIO NETWORK–Jim O’Laughlin is pictured with the equipment located at the Catholic radio station KQOH 91.9 FM. O’Laughlin is president of Catholic Radio Network which owns and operates the Springfield-area station, the second in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Covenant Network operates the Dexter-based station of KHJM-FM 89.1, the diocese’s first Catholic radio station, which was launched in 2010. (Photo by Leslie A. Eidson)

The first Catholic radio station in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau began broadcasting out of offices of Sacred Heart Parish, Dexter, MO. Dedicated to the Heart of Jesus and Mary, KHJM 89.1 FM, hit the airwaves on March 25, 2010, and can be heard in many areas throughout southeast Missouri including the Bootheel.

That same year, members of a lay apostolate were working to launch a Springfield-area station they anticipated a “sign-on” date later in 2010. Finances, as well as issues related to land surveying, site studies, and negotiating lease agreements, caused several delays to the process. Read more

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20 priests graduate from ‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’ program

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PRIESTS SHOW APPRECIATION–Priests from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau accepted their diplomas from Bp. James V. Johnston at the ‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’ graduation held March 7 in Van Buren, MO. The priests and Bp. Johnston showed their appreciation to both Catholic Extension and Catholic Leadership Institute whose partnership enabled the two-year leadership course in our mission diocese. (Photo courtesy Catholic Extension)
PRIESTS SHOW APPRECIATION–Priests from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau accepted their diplomas from Bp. James V. Johnston at the ‘Good Leaders, Good Shepherds’ graduation held March 7 in Van Buren, MO. The priests and Bp. Johnston showed their appreciation to both Catholic Extension and Catholic Leadership Institute whose partnership enabled the two-year leadership course in our mission diocese. (Photo courtesy Catholic Extension)

A two-year program that aims to help priests “serve ever more effectively and pastorally” recently conferred ‘diplomas’ on its first class of priests in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Twenty priests participated in the “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” program that began in the fall of 2011 and concluded this spring with graduation being held in Van Buren, MO.

Offered by the Christian Leadership Institute, “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” offers a series of modules that have particular focus in the areas of self-motivation, effective feedback, listening proactively, facilitating problem-solving, and meeting management. Bp. James V. Johnston commented at the start of the program that its goal is to offer “a solid and proven way for priests to enter into a deeper appreciation and formation of their role as shepherds.” Read more

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DDF kicks-off May 5

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Campaign goal is $2.4 million

FAITH FORMATION–In the last year, 2,740 catechists participated in a “Being, Knowing, and Doing” formation workshop in order to pass on the faith in parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The annual Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) makes religious education and faith formation possible, in addition to various other ministries and services. Please participate in this year’s campaign with your pledge. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
FAITH FORMATION–In the last year, 2,740 catechists participated in a “Being, Knowing, and Doing” formation workshop in order to pass on the faith in parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The annual Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) makes religious education and faith formation possible, in addition to various other ministries and services. Please participate in this year’s campaign with your pledge. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

The first weekend of May brings with it the official “kick-off” of this year’s Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign. The 2013 campaign theme, “Living in Gratitude,” reflects the exhortation of St. Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18).

“Our theme is simple, but one that emphasizes our baptismal call to serve the Lord and His people with joyful and grateful hearts,” said Bp. James V. Johnston in letters that were sent to Catholic households throughout the diocese in April. “Your support of DDF is an unmistakable way to give thanks for the bountiful blessings the Lord has given you.”

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TEC marks 40 years

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Upcoming retreats for young Catholics have February registration deadlines

TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)--A co-ed Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) weekend was held last November marking 40 years TEC has been bringing the essentials of the Catholic faith to high school seniors and young adults in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ, there are two upcoming TEC opportunities: one in February and another in March. (Photo by Tom Schumer)
TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)--A co-ed Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) weekend was held last November marking 40 years TEC has been bringing the essentials of the Catholic faith to high school seniors and young adults in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ, there are two upcoming TEC opportunities: one in February and another in March. (Photo by Tom Schumer)

A movement began in the Catholic Church in the years following the Second Vatican Council that has proven to produce numerous spiritual fruits in the lives of countless youth and young adults. Inspired by the Church’s “renewed vision” and focus on the Paschal Mystery in the mid-1960s, Fr. Matthew Fedewa of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, helped design a retreat program to share that vision and focus with young Catholics.

Begun in 1965, Fr. Fedewa’s retreat program became Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and eventually grew into an international program, expanding to even offer Troops Encounter Christ weekends on US military bases. Hundreds of thousands of people, in dozens of dioceses across several countries, have embraced the TEC experience and walked away with a renewed fervor for life and love for Christ. Read more

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