First-time Catholic school teachers eager to help young people grow in faith, knowledge

August 17, 2019

Donna Raymond attended St. Andrew School in Tipton. So did her three youngest children. Now she’s back to teach art. “This is a great school,” she said, “and I feel honored to be part of the staff to provide education to the children in this community.” Mrs. Raymond was one of more than 80 first-time…

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Callahan is new Tolton Catholic H.S. president

August 15, 2019

A Trailblazer is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. “Extra emphasis on the reverent!” said Doug Callahan, newly appointed president of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia. It was a reference to the 12-point Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has been…

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Collection for Retired Religious to be taken up Aug. 17-18

August 14, 2019

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up the weekend of Aug. 17-18 in parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the appeal benefits some 30,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious-order priests. “For many generations,” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight noted,…

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Rest in Peace, Sister Mary Eleanor Castle RSM

August 13, 2019

Shackelford native Sister Mary Eleanor Castle, 87, of the Sisters of Mercy, a former Catholic school principal in Marshall and Glasgow, died on July 22 at Mercy Villa in Omaha, Nebraska. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 26 in St. Peter Church in Marshall. Burial was in Mount St. Mary Cemetery in…

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Creighton Model practitioner training at Catholic Center in Jefferson City

August 12, 2019

Phase I of the Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner Education Program will be offered from Sept. 7-14 in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center, 2207 W. Main St. Jefferson City. The program director will be Phyllis A. White CFCE, a member of Sacred Heart parish in Columbia. The medical Consultant will be Dr. Mark Stegman…

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The opioid crisis and addiction … offering hope and recovery

August 10, 2019

The diocesan moderator for spiritual formation offers the following reflections on the opioid crisis and the nature of addiction, and invites anyone affected by these things to attend a Sept. 6 Prayer and Healing Service in Jefferson City: According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a very complex condition, a brain disease that is…

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An invitation to all correctional center employees

August 8, 2019

The following article about correctional center employees and the formation of a group offering them mutual support is by the diocesan vicar for ministry to the incarcerated: “I was in prison and you visited Me.” (Matthew 25:36) Most of us have heard this Scripture passage. And it is no surprise, many in northern and mid-Missouri…

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Mizzou’s baseball coach follows through on his pledges

August 7, 2019

In 2016, when Steve Bieser took over the coaching duties for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s baseball team, he pledged to focus on four core values: players, family, education and service to others. The team has succeeded on the field, winning more than 100 games in his three seasons, including 34-22 this year. But he’s also…

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Fr. Minj marks priestly jubilee, returns to India to lead seminary

August 6, 2019
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65 and 60 years for Fr. Kenneth Reichert OSB

August 5, 2019

When Benedictine Father Kenneth Reichert entered formation at Conception Abbey, his monastic profession and priestly ordination seemed like an eternity away. Those milestones are now 65 and 60 years in the past, but both continue to define Fr. Reichert’s walk with the Lord. “I have tried to be a faithful monk and priest during all…

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