Traditional Catholicism Restored To The Ozark Mountians
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Traditional Catholicism Restored To The Ozark Mountians

In a world were there is so much bad news, it's nice to see something positive once in a while. Pope Benedict XVI's "reform of the reform" has hit the Ozark Mountains of the central Midwestern states. In this northwest corner of the Bible Belt, and upper hills region of Dixie, lies one of the most socially conservative regions of the entire United States. It is a low mountain range stretching from the Mississippi River in Missouri, down into the upper regions of Arkansas and reaching into the eastern portion of Oklahoma. Settled primarily by German immigrants during the last two centuries, the Ozark mountains offer a unique blend of Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, Amish, Baptist and Pentecostal culture. While the return of traditional Catholicism was delayed to the Ozarks for decades, under the reign of our current pope, and the pastoral care of newly appointed bishops, the Ozarks are now witnessing a complete revival of traditional Catholicism.

Springfield Missouri, often referred to as the "Queen City of the Ozarks" now provides both Sunday and weekday Latin mass at St. Agnes Cathedral. Weekday masses are low, and Sunday masses are high, with Gregorian chant and traditional hymns. Weekly Latin masses are also provided in Missouri at Queen of All Saints Chapel in Springfield, Holy Trinity Church in Marshfield, St. Williams Church in Buffalo, St. Anthony Chapel in Jefferson City, St. Ann Parish in Carthage, Assumption Parish in New Haven, and St. Martin Church in Starkenburg. In Arkansas weekly masses are provided at St. Michael Church in Cherokee Village and St. Peter Fisherman Church in Mountain Home. The Ozarks are now the home of Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastary of Clear Creek in Hulbert Oklahoma, which offers both Sunday and weekday Latin masses, as well as the Divine Office chanted in Latin daily.

So here is a call to all Traditional Catholics in the United States. Traditional Catholicism is blossoming in the Ozark Mountains. This area is socially conservative and has a relatively good and stable economy in comparison to the rest of the United States. Springfield Missouri still has plenty of jobs, and the area is somewhat economically independent from the rest of the country. While businesses nationwide are downsizing, many area businesses in the Ozarks are expanding. This is especially true for Springfield Missouri, and the surrounding areas of Republic, Nixa and Ozark. Springfield also has a good financial assistance program for Catholic schools and the state of Missouri is one of the most homeschool friendly states in the entire nation. Parents have more rights in Missouri then almost anywhere else on the globe. If your a traditional Catholic, looking to relocate to a good place to raise children and find work, the Ozark Mountains just might be the place for you. Give it some thought and prayer.



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I've been intrigued by the Missouri subculture, and the beauty of the Ozarks, since I saw Ang Lee's *RIde with the Devil*.  Thanks for passing this along.
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If only it we would have the TLM in Northwest Arkansas.  It's all around, just not here. 

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Great news for the Faith and those who adhere to Tradition. While this area does indeed appear to be a beautiful place(like everywhere in Dixie, really), I'll take this culture and these mountains anyday:

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(06-30-2009, 08:00 PM)Texican Wrote: If only it we would have the TLM in Northwest Arkansas.  It's all around, just not here. 

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It's up to you, Tex
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(06-30-2009, 11:09 PM)Orville_B_Croft Wrote: It's up to you, Tex

I know, but our Bishop Taylor thinks that we need another Spanish Mass, instead.  Gotta find a way to counter that one.
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(06-30-2009, 11:13 PM)Texican Wrote:
(06-30-2009, 11:09 PM)Orville_B_Croft Wrote: It's up to you, Tex

I know, but our Bishop Taylor thinks that we need another Spanish Mass, instead.  Gotta find a way to counter that one.
Do the work for him.
Find a priest, get permission to use a Church and have a Mass. Doesn't have to be Sunday Mass.
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Thanks for posting this.  Ah, I miss home sometimes. Especially when I think of the mountains in autumn. We'll have to see about making it to a TLM next time we visit.
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(06-30-2009, 08:00 PM)Texican Wrote: If only it we would have the TLM in Northwest Arkansas.  It's all around, just not here. 

One day...



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Indeed.  The Ozarks are my home and have been for many years.  I now live in the northern part of the Ozarks, near Rolla MO and I travel to the SSPX chapel in Springfield MO once a month for Mass.  My younger brother and his wife still live in NW Arkansas, in Bella Vista AR.  I have noticed that that area of the Ozarks is particularly plagued with Modernist parishes.  The so-called Catholic churches down there are a poor excuse, looking more like Protestant mega-churches.  Before I totally abandoned the Novus Ordo, I visited my younger brother's parish, called St. Bernard's near Bentonville.  This is perhaps one of the most Protestant-like "Catholic" churches that I have ever seen.  The interior is nearly void of all things Catholic, and the feeling you get is far from Catholic (it feels like when I was still  a Protestant).  Although my brother tells me that St. Bernard's is worlds better than many of the other churches claiming to be Catholic in the area.  I agree with you, NW Arkansas is in dire need of the Traditional Latin Mass, and I pray that the SSPX opens a chapel there soon....
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(06-30-2009, 11:54 PM)Orville_B_Croft Wrote: Do the work for him.
Find a priest, get permission to use a Church and have a Mass. Doesn't have to be Sunday Mass.

We have a Latin Mass in my parish, on the first Sunday of every month, a 5:15 pm, but that's it. 
We have a Una Voce chapter here now, and quite a gathering of faithful, that petitioned the Bishop, but so far, to no avail.  We're not giving up, but traddys, while not in the minority, are definitely overlooked here. 

Nic, if you think St. Bernard's is bad, you should see St. Vincent de Paul, in Rogers.  Springdale's parish isn't much better.  There is a Chant group in St. Joe's, in Fayetteville, but beyond that, it's pretty liberal.

On a positive note, all of the area churches are usually full- and we have Perpetual Adoration in several of the parishes, too.
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