Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
|Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Dioecesis Campifontis-Capitis Girardeauensis
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau
|Territory||39 counties across Southern Missouri|
|Ecclesiastical province||St. Louis|
|Area||25,719 km2 (9,930 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||August 24, 1956 (57 years ago)|
|Cathedral||St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield|
|Co-cathedral||Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cape Girardeau|
|Patron saint||Rose Philippine Duchesne, Pope Pius X|
|Bishop||James Vann Johnston, Jr.|
|Emeritus Bishops||John Joseph Leibrecht|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Latin: Dioecesis Campifontis-Capitis Girardeauensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri. It was founded on August 24, 1956. The current bishop is the Most Reverend James Vann Johnston, Jr., appointed January 24, 2008, and installed March 31, 2008.
The diocese was formed from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Kansas City. It consists of 39 primarily rural counties in the southern third of Missouri that include the urban areas of Springfield (the diocese headquarters), Branson, and Cape Girardeau.
The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield and The Cathedral of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau. The two cathedrals are often (mistakenly) referred to as co-cathedrals. The diocese established the Cape Girardeau cathedral as part of an eventual plan to create a separate diocese in Cape Girardeau.
The diocese includes 66 parishes, 19 missions, 2 chapels, and, as of a 2003 estimate, 63,179 Catholics. The diocese has an increasing Hispanic population.
This region is mainly located in the Ozarks and Bootheel of Missouri, where Catholics make up about 5% of the total population. The religion of the Ozarks, in particular, is notably individualistic and conservative; a major Christian denomination in the region is Pentecostalism.
The past bishops of the diocese are:
- Charles Herman Helmsing (1956–1962)
- Ignatius Jerome Strecker (1962–1969)
- William Wakefield Baum (1970–1973)
- Bernard Francis Law (1973–1984)
- John Joseph Leibrecht (1984–2008)
- James Vann Johnston, Jr. (2008–present)
- McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin
- Notre Dame High School, Cape Girardeau
- Springfield Catholic High School, Springfield
- Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
- Catholic Hierarchy Profile of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau