Bishop McKnight
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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

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

Chrism Mass, Mar. 22 in the cathedral

Last spring, while celebrating the Mass of the Holy Chrism with the priests of this diocese, Bishop John R. Gaydos, now retired, noted that all other sacraments point toward or flow from the … more

Refugees among the first to greet Bishop McKnight

  Although it’s not easy adjusting to life in a new country, Mohammed Hraishawi and his family are safe, full of joy and free of worry.   They’re also very … more

Rite of Election points to the Easter sacraments

  Justin Oaks and two of his sons have had some interesting conversations over the past few months.   All three are preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic … more

McKnight to become diocese’s new bishop

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City and has appointed Father W. Shawn McKnight, 49, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, to be Bishop Gaydos’ … more

Selection of Bishop-elect McKnight lauded

Catholic leaders throughout Missouri are expressing gratitude to Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos while applauding Pope Francis’ selection of Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Wichita, … more

... In with the new

Bishop-elect McKnight writes to Wichita parishioners of his appointment to head the Jefferson City diocese

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight, who has been designated to succeed Bishop John R. Gaydos as bishop of Jefferson City on Feb. 6, wrote the following column to his parishioners at Church of the … more

Bishop-elect McKnight’s appointment: a moment long in the making

“We experience life to the fullest because of the love God has for us,” Bishop-emeritus John R. Gaydos stated in 2013 at the 175th anniversary Mass for Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain. … more

Why do we need a bishop?

Here is some information about bishops and their role in the Church and their diocese, as referenced in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): A bishop is a member of the assembly of bishops, … more

Friends anticipate great things from Bishop-elect McKnight

Two longtime acquaintances see great potential for Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight as he prepares to lead the Jefferson City diocese. Father Daniel Merz was associate director of the U.S. … 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-elect McKnight’s family noticed priestly potential early on

Dr. Peter O’Reilly was close to becoming a priest when he left the seminary and went to medical school. Years later, his godson was planning on becoming a doctor when he realized the Holy … 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

Parishioners in Wichita say Bishop-elect McKnight brings Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel” to life

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” … more

Current, future bishop give pro-life pilgrims a rousing send-off

God’s power is often revealed as individuals gathered to do great and important things in His name. Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos offered that reassurance along with blessings to the 212 … more

Wichita parishioners recall Bishop-elect McKnight’s leadership

For the past two years, Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight has been working with the parishioners of Church of the Magdalen parish in Wichita to refine and put into practice his vision for the Church in … more

Students learning about, praying for bishops

Catholic Schools Week 2018 coincides with a time of intense preparation for the arrival of a new bishop for the Diocese of Jefferson City. To mark the occasion, students in the diocese’s 39 … more
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