Bishop McKnight
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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
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
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
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
  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
  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
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
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
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
“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
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight directed that the following letter be read from the pulpit at all Sunday Masses Aug. 18-19 in the Diocese of Jefferson City:   Dear Faithful and Clergy of the … more
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
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
“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
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
“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
“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
Jefferson City, Missouri Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is taking concrete steps to heal the wounds of sexual abuse in the Church, hold himself to higher standards of accountability, and help … more
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
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