Bishop McKnight
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“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
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
Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more
Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more
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
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
The Eucharistic Prayer; Holy Communion; Bishop McKnight blesses everyone in the cathedral; the new bishop gives a message; the recessional. more
Bishops in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center; deacons, priests and bishops and members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gather outside the cathedral; … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Midday Prayer in the chapel of the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center in Jefferson City on Feb. 5 with religious sisters, priests and a brother serving in the Jefferson City diocese. Then, after greetings outside the chapel, they adjourned to lunch for fellowship and a slightly belated celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of the diocese. more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight leads the praying of Solemn Vespers with fellow bishops and priests, dignitaries and members of the local Church Feb. 5, the night before his ordination and … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Evening Prayer with Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos and the priests of the Jefferson City diocese on Sunday, Feb. 4, in St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Afterward, they gathered for fellowship in the parish rectory. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City. more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays and meditates on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with permanent deacons, deacon candidates, and their wives the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 4, at Father Tolton … more
Here are brief bios of the first three bishops of the Diocese of Jefferson City: Bishop Joseph M. Marling C.PP.S. “Per Sanguinem Crucis” (“Through the Blood of the Cross”) Bishop … more
Here is a description of some of the symbols, rooted in Sacred Scripture and centuries of Church history, that help identify a bishop and his important role in the life of the … more
The ceremony of episcopal ordination takes place during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Scripture readings chosen by Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight for his ordination will be from the Book … more
Here are excerpts from an address Pope Francis gave to the Catholic bishops of the United States during his 2015 visit to this country: We are bishops of the Church, shepherds appointed by God to … more
He was on his way to becoming a doctor, husband and father. Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight had been accepted into the University of Kansas in Lawrence to major in biochemistry and prepare to study … more
“Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now.” — President Harry S. Truman, April 13, 1945 “I ask you to pray for me. Don’t forget!” — Pope Francis, Sept. 27, 2015 Like a man … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight will receive the fullness of Holy Orders on Feb. 6 when he is ordained the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City. “It’s a deepening of the call I … more
Reminders of the rich and authentic Catholic history of Central and Northeastern Missouri will be incorporated into the ordination and installation Mass for Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight. Among … more
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