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Fr. Gallagher’s ministry to people in the slums of Lima, Peru, who are infected with HIV receives support from the Diocesan Mission Collection: Henry comes calling once and sometimes twice a … more
What is an offering for a Mass intention? For some, their first encounter with a Mass offering is at a funeral service. There’s those piles of envelopes, obviously meant for money, with … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight released the following statement on June 13, at the close of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 2019 spring general assembly in Baltimore: I am returning to our Diocese … more
My days have been crowded and dimmed by bad news. Harried times and sad times have a desiccant effect, making my mood brittle, my soul dry. Wednesday morning arrived early before the darkness had … more
A dear friend died last week and the world lost a much-needed saint. She was only the farmer’s daughter who grew up to be a wife and widow, mother of six and sole provider. She worked late … more
It began last Friday in our prayer group. We call it that, but it is just some guys struggling to keep it honest, caring and faithful, without surrendering a sense of humor. One man described … more
following reflection for Child Abuse Prevention Month is from the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Jefferson City:    “There is a garden in every childhood, an … more
This year, we have seen some wonderful news for our diocese. In late January, we were able to announce that generous, anonymous donors have given $1 million to the diocese to use for tuition … more
On a day of good faith, it occurred to me that I am in almost total agreement with Jesus. One might think that a good thing, but I know me. If I am agreeing with everything that Jesus says, then … more
My father-in-law died, 16 days shy of his 100th birthday. For a while, he seemed to be aiming for that elusive century mark, or maybe it was just the rest of us loading all the hope for our own … more
Next January, I will be making a special trip to Rome, along with other bishops from Missouri and some adjoining states. We have been invited to make our “ad limina” visit to the Holy … more
The other day I asked my 5-year-old granddaughter how she liked school. I got a tight smile and a dash of devil in her eyes. She put out her fist with her thumb extended. She turned it parallel to … more
For some, Lent seems like a huge, oppressive, onerous time of the year. For others, it doesn’t seem like a big deal and just seems like a couple of hoops to jump through. I hope neither case … more
Stage plays are broken down into acts. Sporting events are separated into quarters, innings, possessions, drives and plays. Symphonies are composed of movements. Books are split into chapters, while … more
At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in … more
At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, I returned to Missouri … more
In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember … more
With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, … more
“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To … more
Since I experienced my personal encounter with God, I felt deep joy, gratitude and a burning calling to discipleship. This experience has taken me to serve the Lord everywhere I’ve lived, in El … more
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