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Deacon Philip Ordonio III, 51, of Edina, ordained in 2016, to be laid to rest

Deacon Philip Ordonio III, 51, a permanent deacon who assisted the pastor of St. Joseph parish of Edina, died on Jan. 23 at his home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on … more

Hannibal-area churches celebrate MLK’s legacy

The weather outside may have been cold and harsh, but inside the body of Holy Family Church in Hannibal, the atmosphere was one of warmth and joy as the parish, along with several other local … more

Father Patrick Shortt, 76, priest from Ireland, longtime pastor, laid to rest in Mary’s Home

“Who will plow the fields now? Who will sow the corn? Who will mind the horses now and keep them neatly shorn? The stack that’s in the hay cart, unthreshed it may remain, since Fr. Pat has left … more

Gerhardinger Tennis Pavilion at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City blessed

Love-love was the score on Dec. 8 as Father Stephen Jones blessed the Gerhardinger Tennis Pavilion at Helias Catholic High School’s recently completed Crusader Sports Complex. It was the … more

An old friend offers words of comfort at Fr. Bussmann’s passing

Rabbi Joseph Fred Benson of Jefferson City first met the late Father Frank Bussmann 39 years ago. “We were both young,” Rabbi Benson recalled. “Frank had been in private law practice for … more

Search for Bishop Koester’s distinctive crosier became a lifelong friend’s personal quest

Jefferson City native Bishop Charles Roman Koester often used his shepherd’s crook as a teaching tool when preaching to young people at confirmation. He received the crosier, a ceremonial staff … more

Priest offers teaching, exposition of relics, heroes and treasures

More than 100 people made a pilgrimage to a temporary necropolis in the Holy Spirit Parish Hall in Centralia to commune with the saints. Father Carlos Martins, a member of the priestly Companions … more

Triplets and mom are thriving at St. Raymond’s Society home in Rolla

This Christmas will be a special one at Rolla’s St. Raymond’s Society house, a transitional home for women facing unexpected pregnancies. As the Church and the world celebrate the baby Jesus, … more

Project to renew St. George Church in Linn gets under way

A major project is under way to renew the interior of St. George Church in Linn. The goal is to update and improve several aspects of the church, which was completed in 1975. “We feel this … more

Sr. Mary Ruth Wand SSND finds joy in saying ‘yes’ to God every day

A happy hymn resonates in Sister Mary Ruth Wand SSND’s spirit. “Speak, Lord, I’m list’ning. Plant Your word down deep in me. Speak, Lord, I’m list’ning. Please show me the … more

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson: A case of God calling the qualified

Sedalia Abby Johnson is involved in an online social network of pro-life women who keep in touch and encourage each other while blogging or chatting. It was through the website not long ago … more

Bonnots Mill parishioners help with Live Nativity display

Members of St. Louis of France parish in Bonnots Mill helped present the Bonnots Mill Community Betterment Association’s fourth annual Live Nativity on Dec. 3. Signs guided drivers past … more

Sacrifices for liberty recalled at Veterans Day Mass, service in Jefferson City

Remembrance and consecration stood out among the themes of this year’s Veterans Day Mass and Prayer Service in St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Monsignor Donald W. Lammers, PA, a retired … more

St. Stephen parish’s Plow Day in Indian Creek gives younger generation a glimpse of their farming roots

Prayers and plows run deep at St. Stephen parish at Indian Creek, a blink-of-the-eye village in Monroe County. There is no population sign to mark the town’s dozen or so residents. The steepled … more

Father Frank Bussmann, 72, dies suddenly, was pastor of the Fulton and Mokane parishes

There were two framed pictures on top of Father Frank Bussmann’s casket: one of him in his clerics, the other of him holding an infant grandchild. Fr. Bussmann, 72, pastor of St. Peter parish … more

Eagle Scout project makes navigating Wien parish cemetery easier

A new kiosk guides visitors to St. Mary Cemetery. It was built as an Eagle Scout project by Cody Prichard, grandson of the late Harold and Jean Wehner. Cody loved spending time with his … more

Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, served in Columbia

Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, a retired deacon of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Columbia, died on Nov. 18 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. The Mass of Christian Burial was … more

Visiting students from Japan make friends at Helias Catholic, learn about life and culture in the United States

For nearly two weeks this fall, two high school students got to live in a different world. Aika Inoue and Mayu Miyata, both 16, are used to the day-to-day activities and schedules in their Notre … more

Old Monastery Christmas Tour, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3 in Wien

A collection of family-treasured Nativity scenes, a tribute to local veterans and a trip to the attic will highlight this year’s Old Franciscan Monastery Christmas Tour at St. Mary of the Angels … more

Generations of St. Andrew parishioners in Tipton continue decades-old Thanksgiving Day Festival tradition

While the St. Andrew parish’s annual Thanksgiving Day Festival is massive compared to when it started almost eight decades ago, the parish’s annual fundraiser still provides parishioners and … more
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