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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

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

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

PHOTOS: Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight welcomed people from parishes all over the diocese who are preparing to be initiated into the Church at Easter, during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion … more

UPDATE: Bishop offers first Confirmation Mass in church with strong ties to his home diocese

The following is an updated version of the article, “Bishop-elect McKnight’s appointment: a moment long in the making,” from the Dec. 8, 2017, print edition of The Catholic … 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 grateful. “Without all … more

Bishop to rely on grace, work to build bridges

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight called to mind the overwhelming sense of responsibility he felt when he learned he would become the Jefferson City diocese’s new bishop. Then came something even … more

UPDATED: Bishop McKnight addresses sin of racism in TV interview

Stephanie Hirata, a reporter for KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, recently interviewed Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop Shawn McKnight about St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson’s call for his priests … more

UPDATED: Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announces new diocesan cabinet appointments

Bishop Shawn McKnight on Feb. 9 announced the following appointments to leadership roles for the Diocese of Jefferson City: •Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki, pastor of Cathedral of St. … more

Bishop McKnight's motto and coat of arms

Here is a description and interpretation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto and coat of arms: Motto: “GRATIAS AGAMUS DOMINO” The motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” is taken … more

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight ordained, installed as servant leader of the Jefferson City diocese

Blazing colors, fragrant incense, the pealing of bells and resonant strains of “Veni, Creator Spiritus” — “Come, Creator Spirit.” These, along with unexpectedly clear skies and a renewed … more

Before ordination, the people gather to pray for their new shepherd

“I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching.” — Antiphon based on Jeremiah 3:15 By Jay Nies Standing at the altar of sacrifice, … more

At Midday Prayer service, bishop-elect speaks of impact of religious sisters, brothers, priests

A professor emerita of biology at the University of Dallas helped Bishop W. Shawn McKnight achieve the test scores he needed to get into medical school. The professor, a revered School Sister of … more

Bishop-elect urges priests to be men of Eucharistic sacrifice, gratitude

“The life of a Christian disciple is a life lived in gratitude! When we are caught up in love, there is no sacrifice too great for our beloved.” Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight addressed the … more

Bishop-elect to deacons: service gives authority to proclamation of the Gospel

Service is what gives the Church her credibility in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people, especially those in most need of hearing it. That is why the first formal event … more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 6

Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 7

Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 2

The Rite of Ordination; praying of the Litany of Saints while the new bishop lies prostrate before the altar; laying on of hands by Archbishop Carlson and the other bishops and archbishops; two … more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 3

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is escorted to the bishop's chair in the cathedral; fellow bishops and archbishops exchange a sign of peace with him; members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council present the … more
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