As you can see from the graphic above the Diocese of Springfield--Cape Girardeau encompasses the southern part of the state of Missouri from border to border. Cape Girardeau sits along the Mississippi River and is the hometown of a famous radio talk-show host. Guess who? Springfield is a beautiful city on the other side of the state. It probably has a lot to offer, but most folks only know about the Bass Pro Shop. It is a "must see" attraction on the way to Branson and Silver Dollar City.
I have had numerous speaking engagements in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since that is where I was ordained and served for many years. Six years ago I led a retreat for all of the Catholic school principals in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri in the middle part of the state. After I go to Springfield--Cape Girardeau this fall, the Diocese of Kansas City--St. Joseph will be the only diocese in Missouri where I will not have been on official business. I hope to get an opportunity to go there some day for an event as well.
This Friday will be my 16th anniversary as a deacon. The blessings continue to flow in my life and I am extremely grateful. I could have never dreamed where diaconate ministry would lead. Praise God!