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- A House and Farm for Christian Formation is center for prayer, service, and education in the Diocese of Springfield -Cape Girardeau.  Our most recent activities  are blogged at and more complete information can be found on our website:

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If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese, M.A., J.D.

Director, Trinity Hills & Office of Social Ministry, Evangelization and Formation
Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau

Trinity Hills
689 South Farm Road 253
Rogersville, MO 65742-9397
Phone: (417) 753-7758
Fax: (417) 753-7758



Notice: Diocesan Norms Regarding Speakers, Awards, Political Activity, and Voter Education

     In a letter dated September 1, 2011, and distributed to Priests and Parish Life Coordinators, Bishop James V. Johnston issued "Norms Regarding Speakers, Awards, Political Activity, and Voter Education."   A copy of those norms are below,  Only those materials, programs or resources listed as "approved" may be distributed (or presented) by church employees in any context or by anyone on church property, regarding the participation of Catholics in elections, politics and public life.

 Awards, Honors, and Invitation to Speakers
        Any Catholic entity in the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau, and any boards / fundraising committees affiliated with them, shall not give awards or honors or host presentations, speaking opportunities or appearances by individuals or organizations whose public position is in opposition to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.  Due diligence in researching the appropriateness of a speaker or honoree is the responsibility of the sponsoring parish or organization.

 Political Activity and Voter Education
     Parishes and Church organizations may not endorse, give money or other resources (including offering exclusive use of parish controlled property or resources) to a candidate or political party. Only those programs or voter education materials listed below (or subsequently approved) may be distributed in parishes, schools or other entities of the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau. Voter registration and “get out the vote” drives can be permissible if truly nonpartisan.
     Parishes and Church organizations should avoid any participation in, or authorization of, the distribution of campaign literature or other voter education materials on their property. Political signs should not be placed on property owned or rented for official business by a parish or Church organization.
     Issue advocacy campaigns may be permissible if the campaign is conducted in a nonpartisan manner and the position taken is consistent with Catholic teaching and the public policy positions of the Missouri Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

 Approved Resources for Promoting Catholic Participation in Public Life
      All documents approved by the various congregations of the Vatican as well as those approved or promulgated by the Popes or Ecumenical Councils of the Church.  In particular, under this category, the following resources are recommended.

 -  Caritas in Veritate  (In Charity and Truth), Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

 -  Deus Caritas Est, (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

 -  “The Participation of Catholics in Political Life,” Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002

 -  Catechism of the Catholic Church

 -  Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

 -  “Catholics in Political Life,” Statement of the USCCB, June 2004

 -  “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” See,

First Positive Conclusions Regarding The Holy See Report For The Convention Against Torture
The Committee for the Convention Against Torture (CAT) has released an advance unedited version of its Concluding Observations on the Initial Report of the Holy See. These Observations recognise that the Holy See has made many serious and substantial reforms on its procedures that further ...

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To The Bishops Of Mexico: Promote Encounter Through Dialogue Against Violence
This morning Pope Francis received the bishops of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, in Rome in these days for their five-yearly “ad limina” visit. At the end of the meeting, the Holy Father handed them the text of his planned address, ...
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Jesus' Pain On The Cross Reflects The Pain Of Humanity
The suffering of Jesus on the Cross, that reflects the pain of humanity and represents the divine response to the mystery of the evil that is so difficult to understand, was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during the general audience held today, Holy Wednesday, in which the liturgy ...

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Francis: Do Not Get Used To Behavior That Anaesthetises The Heart
This morning the Holy Father celebrated the general audience with 30,000 faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis dedicated this Ash Wednesday's catechesis to the Lenten journey of forty days ...
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The Pope's Meeting With The Council Of Cardinals
This morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae the Pope's third meeting with the Council of Cardinals began. The Council was created on 13 April 2013 and confirmed by Pope's chirograph of 28 September, to assist in the governance of the Universal Church and to draw up a plan for the revision of the ...
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