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CLICK HERE to read the full text of the plan and the bishop’s pastoral letter A new three-year pastoral plan for the Jefferson City diocese focuses on building-up the Body of Christ by … more
“Thank you” are two of the most important words in the English language. Their power multiples when coupled with concrete acts of appreciation. “It has been wonderful to see … more
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s new headquarters in Jefferson City will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings around. The renovated and expanded former La … more
Catholics throughout the Jefferson City diocese will notice several differences in this year’s Lenten journey toward Easter. Temporary changes authorized by Pope Francis to slow the spread … more
It has been a year for meeting challenges, adapting to changes, seizing opportunities and vastly exceeding expectations. Now, in the midst of hardships offset by blessings too numerous to count, … more
Women have been proclaiming Sacred Scripture and assisting at the altar at Mass for many years, but only in a “temporary” way, as defined by the Church. That will change under a … more
Clergy and laypeople will collaborate to help engaged couples throughout the Jefferson City diocese prepare for sacramental marriage, under a new diocesan policy. The policy, which will become … more
“Estoy aquí para ti.” “I am here for you.” Ilsi Palacios embodies those words of assurance to Spanish-speaking people in need throughout the Jefferson City … more
I would like to tell you a love story — not a romance, or an ode — but a story about real, messy, boots-on-the-ground, walking-through-fire love. I have been blessed to be here in the … more
“How does the Church stand as a sign for justice in a suffering world?” That question stirred deeply in Sister Stephanie Mertens’s heart and was never far from her … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, issued the following statement for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was observed this year on Jan. 18: “Today we … more
Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives, led the members in prayer at the opening of their 2021 Legislative Session on Jan. 6:   “My presence … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight summoned the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to bless and guide the newly sworn officials of Missouri’s executive branch. “In profound humility, O God, we pray … more
“When all the land of Egypt became hungry and the people cried to Pharaoh for food, Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians: ‘Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.’” — … more
The No. 1 response to a survey the diocese circulated last fall regarding the staffing of parishes in 10 counties was a question. “Why now?” “People seem to think that because … more
Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri, often known as COCEMO, is an organization that began activities seven years ago within the Diocese of Jefferson City. Its purpose is to promote … more
The Psalmist proclaims that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Father Christopher Aubuchon knows this to be true. “God is so very good in the blessings He has poured … more
Christmas points to a sacred mystery that transcends all boundaries of time and place. It is light that interrupts the darkness, even in times of sadness or difficulty.  “Our … more
Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments:     PARISH ASSIGNMENTS   Reverend Augustine A. Okoli, acceptance of … more
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