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Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Midday Prayer in the chapel of the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center in Jefferson City on Feb. 5 with religious sisters, priests and a brother serving in the Jefferson City diocese. Then, after greetings outside the chapel, they adjourned to lunch for fellowship and a slightly belated celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of the diocese. more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight leads the praying of Solemn Vespers with fellow bishops and priests, dignitaries and members of the local Church Feb. 5, the night before his ordination and … more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Evening Prayer with Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos and the priests of the Jefferson City diocese on Sunday, Feb. 4, in St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Afterward, they gathered for fellowship in the parish rectory. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City. more
Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays and meditates on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with permanent deacons, deacon candidates, and their wives the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 4, at Father Tolton … more
Here are brief bios of the first three bishops of the Diocese of Jefferson City: Bishop Joseph M. Marling C.PP.S. “Per Sanguinem Crucis” (“Through the Blood of the Cross”) Bishop … more
Here is a description of some of the symbols, rooted in Sacred Scripture and centuries of Church history, that help identify a bishop and his important role in the life of the … more
The ceremony of episcopal ordination takes place during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Scripture readings chosen by Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight for his ordination will be from the Book … more
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
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