Van Buren is located in the southeastern part of Missouri, near the Arkansas border, in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. When Sister Rita Schonhoff arrived in Van Buren in 1989, she had just obtained her nursing license.
Sister Karen Thein is pretty amazing. It’s only her second year at St. Cecelia’s Church in Kennett, Missouri, but she is already an essential part of the community – and she has a photo album full of pictures of celebrations and special sacramental moments that she has shared with them.
Happy Easter! These simple words fill us with joy. Christ is risen, and this glorious day is ours to savor as we celebrate His victory over the powers of darkness and death and His promise of Risen Life!
Today, we are charged with the task of looking ahead, as we consider what this new papacy of Francis means for us. While it’s way too early to predict what Francis' legacy will be in the Church, here are three thoughts on what his papacy has already conveyed to us.