Bishop McKnight
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Statement from Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos on Bishop McKnight's arrival

Brothers and sisters, when I first became your earthly shepherd some 20 years ago, I prayed aloud for us to truly become one flock and one shepherd in Christ, united in faith, hope and love with the … more

A new bishop for a vast, historical diocese

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight is set to become the leader of a relatively new diocese but one with Catholic roots stretching back to the early 1800s. A textured mosaic The longest-serving … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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