Bishop McKnight
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UPDATED: Bishop McKnight addresses nation’s deacons

A full 50 years after permission was given to bring the Roman Catholic order of deacon back to life in the United States, it remains a work in progress. “We are still in the initial … more

Pope revises Catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty … more

A pledge to change the culture, rebuild trust

On the six-month anniversary of my ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City, my heart is full of gratitude for all the good people of central and northeast Missouri who … more

In recently released book, Bishop McKnight proposes a new understanding of the Permanent Diaconate

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight suggested a revision to an article for the Feb. 2 issue of The Catholic Missourian. Where it said “the word ‘deacon’ is derived from the Greek word, … more

Bishop dedicates renewed St. George Church in Linn

“With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.” The people joined in with growing intensity on the choir’s a capella choruses of … more

Young adults pray, break bread with Bishop McKnight

“The eyes of all creatures look to You, and You give them their food in due time.” The verses of Psalm 145 drifted antiphonally across the chapel of the Alphonse J. Schwartze … more

BISHOP McKNIGHT: Making Connections -- Assignments

One of the most important duties of a diocesan bishop (and a humbling one, too) is the appointment of the clergy and others to pastoral positions. Several parishes learned last weekend that … more

Bishop visits National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church

Click here for a gallery of photos from this event. By Jay Nies Marian hymns and chants resonated through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on the Blessed Mother’s newest feastday. … more

Ground blessed, broken for Columbia school expansion

Click here for a gallery of photos from this event. Students’ strident strains of “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” pushed back at the sounds of the city during an April … more

Bishop McKnight visits site of Fr. Tolton’s baptism

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight stood silently among nondescript wooden crosses. They designate the previously unmarked burial places of contemporaries of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton … more

BISHOP McKNIGHT: “Connecting the dots”

“Through the Blood of the Cross.” “In truth and charity.” “With a shepherd’s care.” In my role as your new bishop and teacher, I find a connection … more

Bishop preaches against racism

Aware of the weight of history on the present, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight plans to make a personal pilgrimage this month to St. Peter Church in Brush Creek.   That simple, stone church … more

State’s bishops address concealed weapons in churches

Calling it a threat to religious freedom, Missouri’s Catholic bishops are opposing a potential state law that would allow people to carry concealed weapons into churches without the … more

Sedalia Sacred Heart High School students help at Chrism Mass

A group of freshmen from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia traveled to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City to serve in important roles in year’s Mass of the Holy … more

Bishop McKnight celebrates first Chrism Mass in diocese

No priests: no Eucharist. No Eucharist: no communion. No communion: no Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight asserted that reality at his first Mass of the Holy Chrism as bishop of the … more

Important milestone for Fr. Tolton beatification cause

Another key milestone has been reached in discerning whether Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton should be beatified — a big step toward declaring him a saint. Historical consultants … more

Bishop invites people home to the Church in Holy Week TV spots

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is making a special appeal to invite Catholics who have been away from their faith home back to the Church this Easter. The diocese’s new bishop is featured in two … more

Bishop accepts gift of students’ prayers, sacrifices

Look closely. Each drifting seed from the dandelion is a thumbprint. Each thumbprint represents 500 prayers prayed or sacrificial or charitable acts carried out by people of the Jefferson City … more

Bishop McKnight local radio interview available on demand

Jefferson City radio host Hal Dulle’s 45-minute interview with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s on KWOS Radio’s March 17 “Saturday Open Air” program can now be heard … more

PHOTOS: Bishop McKnight leads Missouri House in prayer

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City makes his first visit to the Missouri House of Representatives March 15, leading the prayer at the beginning of the day’s session and greeting several … more
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