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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

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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


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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

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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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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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