Diocesan Development Fund: 2016 Annual Appeal

Our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign (DDF) is the Annual Appeal for the diocese and takes place the first weekend of May. The funds raised through the campaign advance our mission through ... Read more
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Capital Endowment Campaign

Endowments to augment youth, seminarians; retired priests. After reviewing the results of a feasibility study conducted in the diocese, the bishop approved a proposal to conduct a diocesan-wide capital campaign for $15 million. ... Read more
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There’s a new ‘Bulldog’ in town: Bishop-designate Edward Rice pops in at NDHS

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HONORARY BULLDOG—To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. “I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!” *Click on photo for gallery*

To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. Pope Francis had only named him the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau a day before on April 26. Bishop-designate Rice was in Springfield and Cape Girardeau less than two days in order to greet the people of the Church in Southern Missouri. He will be installed in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.

Upon his arrival, Principal Brother David Migliorino, OSF, greeted Bishop-designate Rice, who walked into the school to thunderous applause.  He was quickly given a school hat and t-shirt, ushering him in as a honorary Notre Dame ‘Bulldog.’ Bishop-designate Rice quickly put it on and greeted the students concerning his excitement about being the next bishop. He talked to them briefly about the gift of Catholic education and their discipleship. He blessed them, they said the school prayer together, and he was given an all-school cheer!

“I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!”

Watch the video here of Bishop-designate at Notre Dame.

 

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Press conference introduces bishop-designate to Springfield area

HISPANIC MINISTRY—Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice shared a laugh with Director of Hispanic Ministry Milagros Calvetti in The Catholic Center April 26. Diocesan staff had an opportunity to greet the man whom Pope Francis appointed that same morning as the next Shepherd for southern Missouri. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)
HISPANIC MINISTRY—Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice shared a laugh with Director of Hispanic Ministry Milagros Calvetti in The Catholic Center April 26. Diocesan staff had an opportunity to greet the man whom Pope Francis appointed that same morning as the next Shepherd for southern Missouri. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror) *Click on photo for gallery*

On April 26 in Rome, Pope Francis answered the prayers of the faithful in southern Missouri when he announced at noon (5 a.m. in southern Missouri) that The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has been Vacant since the installation of The Most Reverend James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

“The Diocese has been at prayer that the Holy Spirit will send us a bishop. Bishop Rice comes to us with strong administrative and pastoral experience,” said Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy, who has served the Church in Southern Missouri as Administator since November. “We are grateful for having such wonderful bishops in our 60-year history, and we now look forward to the leadership of Bishop Rice.” Read more

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Kindergarten students celebrate learning alphabet

ALPHABET KIDS—​The kindergarten class of Guardian Angel School in Oran, MO​,​ celebrated Letter People Week from April 25​-​29​, 2016​. On Monday, each student came to school dressed as one of the letter people. Pictured are: Kasyn Seabaugh as Mr. N​;​ Dane Loper as Miss S​; ​Colton Uhrhan as Miss K​; ​Adisyn Seabaugh as Miss A​; ​Rylie Priggel as Mr. Z​; ​and Alliston Estep as Mr. I.​ (The Mirror)​
ALPHABET KIDS—​The kindergarten class in Guardian Angel School in Oran, MO​,​ celebrated Letter People Week from April 25​-​29​, 2016​. On Monday, each student came to school dressed as one of the letter people. Pictured are: Kasyn Seabaugh as Mr. N​;​ Dane Loper as Miss S​; ​Colton Uhrhan as Miss K​; ​Adisyn Seabaugh as Miss A​; ​Rylie Priggel as Mr. Z​; ​and Alliston Estep as Mr. I.​ (The Mirror)​
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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes all 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve over 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.

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