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Father Charles Donald Pardee was aware that his earthly home was only temporary. “We are created from God’s hands,” he once wrote, “and we hope to return there forever, … more
“There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord — but the Lord was not in the wind...” (1 Kings 19:11). Wherever God stands in … more
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, a former Missouri slave who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black … more
To celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Dylan Schrader will offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, in St. Joseph Church in Westphalia. The Mass … more
CLICK HERE TO SEE TWO GALLERIES OF PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT. CLICK HERE TO READ A RELATED ARTICLE. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight preached the following homily on June 2 during Evening Prayer and … more
People in risk management often refer to natural disasters as “an act of God.” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, the clergy and people of this diocese are determined to make the Catholic … more
Four committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops May 24 praised proposed regulations to restore “the long-standing position of the federal government that discrimination on … more
It’s not surprising when people who experience life-threatening disasters have trouble letting go of the fear. Children are often particularly vulnerable to lingering anxiety after events … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:     CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   PASTORS   Reverend Daniel I.J. Lueckenotte, from pastor of St. … more
It requires a staggering amount of courage and perseverance for people to discover and embrace God’s plan for their salvation. Yet, the Lord always provides. Father Christopher Aubuchon, … more
They didn’t know where they were going because they couldn’t see. They had to stop, ask the right questions and listen to the answers. Blindfolded middle-schoolers gained such … more
Christopher Hoffmann from Sedalia and Ryan Bax from Jefferson City, who are seminarians for the Jefferson City diocese, had just graduated from Conception Seminary College in Conception on May 12. … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments: CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   PERMANENT DIACONATE   Deacon Jon M. Bequette, to assist the pastor of Holy Spirit … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City came face to face with a victim of sexual abuse long before he was a bishop, when a friend in college confided in him about a rape. That experience, as a … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has updated the responsibilities and titles of two women with long ties to the Jefferson City diocese. On July 1, Sister Kathleen Wegman of the School Sisters of Notre … more
Do a search on the web for “support group” in Mid-Missouri and you will be amazed at how many support groups are out there! It is encouraging and hopeful that so many people who share … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has summoned 13 men of the Jefferson City diocese to become permanent deacons. He plans to ordain them during Mass on Saturday, May 4, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in … more
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in parishes throughout the United States the weekend of April 27-28. The Appeal funds … more
CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO TWO PHOTO ALBUMS FROM THIS YEAR’S CHRISM MASS. In the homily for his second Chrism Mass as shepherd of the Jefferson City diocese, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight made an … more
Born, raised and formed for the Holy Priesthood in Ireland, Father Richard Cronin wanted to be laid to rest in Westphalia. “This is my home now,” he said of the rolling hills, stone … more
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