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A starburst of lights reflected off the sweet, ascending smoke of the incense and the shimmering gold of the monstrance. The Lord of the Universe was back in the Dome at America’s Center in … more
Father John Groner believed that he would be forgiven and saved. He wanted that also for everyone he ministered to. “He put his life in God’s hands and totally trusted — and … more
Father Boniface Kasiita Nzabonimpa raised his right hand and pledged to defend and abide by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America. With that, the Uganda native became a U.S. … more
The incoming chief executive found a handwritten letter on his desk. “You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success now is our … more
Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos remembers looking out with all the other bishops from the Cathedral of St. Patrick sanctuary in New York City. It was April 18, 2008. Pope Benedict XVI had just … more
Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4) always brings with it an air of celebration and gratitude. This year’s observance will include an extra element of “with God, all things are … more
The 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court case that opened the door to abortion-on-demand throughout the United States will be an occasion for introspection and recommitment. The Court’s … more
This past November, the diaconate formation class attended a weekend retreat at Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri. The retreat preceded their ultimate entrance into the stage of … more
SCROLL THE ARROWS to see more photos. Richard Herndon remembers the best Christmas he’s ever had. About 15 years ago, his father, Richard Herndon, spent the early part of the day at the … more
SCROLL THE ARROWS to see more photos. This updated version includes further insight from Monsignor David Cox. A seminarian who would become Father Jason Doke was serving at a Mass offered by … more
The following is a first-person witness given by two deacons who assist the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Sedalia. “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in … more
It was still dark out when Catholics in Columbia began singing Monday morning to la Virgen de Guadalupe, the name for the Mexican apparition of the Virgin Mary. It is said the Virgin appeared to … more
CLICK HERE for a schedule of Memorial Masses to be offered in the diocese Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City released the following message on Dec. 31, upon the death in Vatican City of … more
Students of St. Mary School in Frankenstein entertained friends, families and parishioners on Dec. 5 with a presentation of “A Christmas Yarn.” The 16 students from the school … more
Freeburg native Sister Dorothy E. Lauberth, 90, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18 at her home in Sullivan. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Dec. 31 in St. Anthony Church in Sullivan, with Father … more
Sister Carol Kopff, 86, a Dominican Sister of Sparkill, New York, died on Dec. 18 in Siena Hall of the Dominican Convent in Sparkill. Sr. Carol had served in several capacities in this diocese and … more
Darkness doesn’t have a prayer when it comes to Jim and Georgena Fick’s yard at Christmastime. The couple has amassed dozens of large, illuminated Santas, elves, snowmen, candy canes, … more
People who saw Deacon Christopher Wickern often mistook him for another fellow with a long white beard and enough radiant joy to fill a sleigh. But Deacon Wickern’s affinity for Christmas … more
SCROLL THE ARROWS to see more photos. It was the middle of the Christmas rush, so Jared Niemeyer worked while he spoke. He talked about how a tasty breakfast spread figures into his sense of … more
From the early days of the Church, theologians have been vigorously debating how and why God chose to send His only begotten Son into the world. Was it something He planned to do from the … more
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