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Here are excerpts from an address Pope Francis gave to the Catholic bishops of the United States during his 2015 visit to this country: We are bishops of the Church, shepherds appointed by God to … more
He was on his way to becoming a doctor, husband and father. Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight had been accepted into the University of Kansas in Lawrence to major in biochemistry and prepare to study … more
“Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now.” — President Harry S. Truman, April 13, 1945 “I ask you to pray for me. Don’t forget!” — Pope Francis, Sept. 27, 2015 Like a man … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight will receive the fullness of Holy Orders on Feb. 6 when he is ordained the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City. “It’s a deepening of the call I … more
Reminders of the rich and authentic Catholic history of Central and Northeastern Missouri will be incorporated into the ordination and installation Mass for Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight. Among … more
“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
Deacon Philip Ordonio III, 51, a permanent deacon who assisted the pastor of St. Joseph parish of Edina, died on Jan. 23 at his home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on … 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
“Who will plow the fields now? Who will sow the corn? Who will mind the horses now and keep them neatly shorn? The stack that’s in the hay cart, unthreshed it may remain, since Fr. Pat has left … more
Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos has been lifting his successor up in prayer. “I’ve been praying for him every day. In fact, I was praying for him before I knew who he was,” said Bishop … 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
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