Catholic Missourian

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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A solid century for the “Swinkey” Knights of Columbus

August 4, 2019

The future looks bright for the Indian Creek Knights of Columbus St. Stephen Council 1971. The council, chartered just outside Monroe City in 1919, marked its 100th anniversary Saturday, June 15. “I am part of a legacy that my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all part of,” said recent high school graduate Blake Hays, who…

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Fr. Daniel Vacca on mission from Kansas to Camdenton, Climax Springs

August 3, 2019

Father Daniel L. Vacca grew up in a Kansas parish served by priests on mission from Ireland. Now, the God Who summoned him to Priesthood is also allowing him to follow those priests into the mission field — this mission field. Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita, Kansas — which is also Bishop W. Shawn…

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Help, witness drew mother, son into Catholic Church

August 2, 2019

Somewhere in the ocean of humanity at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this past January, Faith Major caught sight of a simple sign. “Strong men defend life.” –Catholic Missourian Read the full Catholic Missourian article here >>>

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Seeking connections to Servant of God Julia Greeley’s time as a slave

August 1, 2019

Capuchin Franciscan Father Blaine Burkey, who is actively promoting Servant of God Julia Greeley’s sainthood cause, is looking for descendants of people with ties to her early life. Miss Greeley was born into slavery in Marion County, Missouri. She was set free at the end of the Civil War, and moved to Denver. She was…

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“When women rise, the community shines”

July 31, 2019

“When women rise, the community shines.” That’s the tagline for a Lipton tea advertisement. The company is providing some of its sales revenue to a financial literacy training for 80,000 women in Kenya, where the tea is grown. The story is inspiring; it speaks of how Kenya women have joined together to provide a better…

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Fr. Dandi’s mission in the Philippines is healing bodies, souls

July 27, 2019

Each day, Father Donardo “Dandi” Bermejo asks God to “give me patients.” That’s because most who come to the medical mission he founded for some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines wind up also returning to Christ. “While they are being treated at the clinic, we always urge people to pray…

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VOICES IN THE VINEYARD: Contingency plans

July 26, 2019

Henry comes calling once and sometimes twice a week. Yes, he is always looking for something, mostly food or clothes and often money to pay his overdue rent. I try to limit my assistance, often with the rationale that I do not wish to create dependence. “It is alright for you”, he said, “You have…

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Sandbagging filled prison resident with joy of serving God, others

July 26, 2019

When the rivers were rising, spilling over their banks and encroaching on homes, farms and businesses, people from all over Missouri stepped up to help. Men and women from four state prisons were among them, helping with sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Norborne, New Franklin and Kimmswick. “It was an amazing, very humbling experience,” said Jean…

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