Bishop McKnight
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“How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?” — Psalm 116:12 “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” — … more
Some of Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight’s earliest memories are of praying the following Daily Offering prayer with his grandparents before breakfast each morning. He asks the people of the … more
St. Patrick, apostle to his ancestors. Saints Peter and Paul, the greatest Pope and the greatest missionary. St. Joseph, protector of the Christ Child and patron saint of the Universal Church. … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight was ordained a deacon on Nov. 27, 1993. Although he has since then been ordained a priest and will be ordained a bishop on Feb. 6, he will remain a deacon forever. … more
With a profound sense of gratitude, I look forward to beginning my episcopal ministry with the good people of the Diocese of Jefferson City. Thanks to all who have written kind expressions of … more
Curriculum Vitae Birth Date — June 26, 1968, Wichita, KS Baptism — July 28, 1968, All Saints, Wichita KS First Holy Communion — November 23, 1975, Christ the King, Wichita … more
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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 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
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
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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