Bishop McKnight
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Pope Francis spent a significant amount of his Jan. 16 meeting with U.S. bishops from the Midwest bolstering parish life and outreach, along with other issues that are crucial to upholding and … more
Despite recent studies that indicate a rise in secularism, bishops must continue to give witness to God’s love by laying down their lives for their flocks, said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:   CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   PASTORS Reverend Alexander Gabriel, from pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon … more
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from the bishop's pilgrimage.  Wise men from the East and the West arrived at the life-size Nativity scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the … more
When the bell strikes midnight, walls that once echoed the prayers and counsel of Venerable Father Augustus Tolton will radiate with the lights and hymns of Christmas. As always, Midnight Mass in … more
Chaplain Tom Brack of the Moberly Correctional Center (MCC) welcomed Bishop W. Shawn McKnight to the chapel and asked about his just-completed visit to the prison’s Protective Custody Unit … more
“For 65 minutes, the bishop belonged just to us.” Principal Julie Clingman of St. Martin School in St. Martins spoke of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s Nov. 20 in-person response to … more
This Advent, many Catholics throughout our diocese will be participating in a four-session program called “A Steward’s Way.” We’ll be meeting in small groups in our … more
An update to the Program on Priestly Formation, a progress report on the establishment of a nationwide, third-party reporting system for abuse or misconduct by bishops, and a vote on new leadership … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight smiled and nodded in approval. So did the gift he had just been handed. Members of Columbia’s three Knights of Columbus councils had auctioned off custom-made … more
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. CLICK HERE to see a video of the Ordination Mass. CLICK HERE to read a profile of each of the new deacons. CLICK HERE to read the … more
The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last … more
These appointments are effective October 13, 2019. The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:   CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   Permanent … more
After consultation with the Very Reverend Deans, the Presbyteral Council and other advisors, I hereby decree that the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Jefferson City shall be celebrated … more
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from the Dedication Mass. The bishop and priest raised their eyes and hands toward heaven, gathering the prayers of the people and imploring the Father to … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter on Sept. 13, 2019, to be distributed to parishes the weekend of Sept. 14-15: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City issued the following statement Sept. 13 upon the release of a report on clergy sexual abuse by the Missouri Attorney General: “I … more
St. Mary of the Angels parish held a volunteer night to paint the louvers on the bell tower of its iconic church in Wien. The work entailed standing on a hydraulic lift, more than 65 feet … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has joined the Center for Ministry Development’s (CMD) board of directors to serve as bishop liaison. CMD (www.cmdnet.org) is a nonprofit, Catholic organization that … more
The Church stands to benefit profoundly from the witness of a new generation of priests. Entering a broader mission field in thinner numbers, these new priests will play an essential role in … more
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