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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9/11 Survivor Tree planted at Mercy Joplin

SURVIVOR SAPPLING—Whit Sanders, executive director of cancer services at Mercy Joplin, planted a sapling from the 9/11 Memorial Tree near the cancer center’s healing garden at a ceremony Sun., May 22, during the fifth anniversary of the Joplin tornado. (Submitted photo)
SURVIVOR SAPLING—Whit Sanders, executive director of cancer services at Mercy Joplin, planted a sapling from the 9/11 Memorial Tree near the cancer center’s healing garden at a ceremony Sun., May 22, during the fifth anniversary of the Joplin tornado. (Submitted photo)

Ceremony marked fifth anniversary of tornado, destruction of former hospital

A sapling from the New York City 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree was planted Sun., May 22, near the cancer center’s healing garden at Mercy Hospital Joplin.

The tree is a reminder of the kinship among survivors as Joplin marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado. The 9/11 Memorial announced last fall that Mercy would receive one of three saplings grown from seeds of the original Survivor Tree, along with Newtown, CT, and Madrid, Spain, each struck by tragedy.

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Future business leaders compete in Joplin

BUSY WITH BUSINESS—Mrs. Amanda Walker, Head of the McAuley Catholic High School Business Department, congratulate Miranda Green, Bailey Welch, and Kristin Metts for their outstanding work in the annual F.B.L.A. competition in Joplin. Miranda Green and Bailey Welch placed Third in the Sports Management Marketing category and Bailey Welch and Kristin Metts placed Third in the Hospitality Management category. (The Mirror)
BUSY WITH BUSINESS—Mrs. Amanda Walker (left), Head of the McAuley Catholic High School Business Department, congratulated Miranda Green, Bailey Welch, and Kristin Metts for their outstanding work in the annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition in Joplin. Miranda Green and Bailey Welch placed Third in the Sports Management Marketing category and Bailey Welch and Kristin Metts placed Third in the Hospitality Management category. (The Mirror)
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May Crownings in Joplin

FOR LOVE OF MARY—McAuley Catholic High School students James Nguyen, Olivia Powell, and Chloe Kenkel, crown the Blessed Virgin Mary during the school’s annual May Crowning. Students were involved in prayer and song during the presentation of the Crown of Flowers. (The Mirror)
FOR LOVE OF MARY—McAuley Catholic High School students James Nguyen, Olivia Powell, and Chloe Kenkel, crown the Blessed Virgin Mary during the school’s annual May Crowning. Students were involved in prayer and song during the presentation of the Crown of Flowers. (The Mirror)

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Students send letters of greeting to St. Louis

LETTERS FROM LITTLE ONES—First-graders in Lynne Karnes’ class at St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, spent part of ​the ​morning of April 27 reading articles and watching videos about Bishop​-designate ​Edward Rice.​ ​They had many questions they wanted to ask him. Since they “didn’t have his cell number” and couldn’t text him, they instead wrote him​ “old-fashioned letters,” via the US postal service, which were mailed to him in St. Louis.​ (The Mirror)
LETTERS FROM LITTLE ONES—First-graders in Lynne Karnes’ class at St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau, spent part of ​the ​morning of April 27 reading articles and watching videos about Bishop​-designate ​Edward Rice.​ ​They had many questions they wanted to ask him. Since they “didn’t have his cell number” and couldn’t text him, they instead wrote him​ “old-fashioned letters,” via the US postal service, which were mailed to him in St. Louis.​ (The Mirror)

Few people get more excited, or are as precious, than children.

When students in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Cape Girardeau heard that Pope Francis had named the new Bishop for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, they got busy.

The preschool and kindergarten class made a sign of welcome for Bishop-designate Edward Rice—on poster board with rice—that was presented to him along with a card at the press conference announcing him on April 27. They had also written out answers to the question, “What does a Bishop do?” and those answeres were affixed to the reverse of the sign.

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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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