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Diocese's chancellor is a woman of Central Missouri, the world

A piercing groan broke the silence in the cathedral during Evening Prayer the night before Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal ordination and installation. The worn lever of the … more

Fr. Tigga, 71, ministered for a time in the Jefferson City diocese

Father Gregory Tigga, 71, a priest from India who ministered in the Jefferson City diocese from 2013 to 2016, died on April 15 in Holy Cross Hospital in Kunkuri, India. The Mass of Christian … more

Broad range of national, local communications outreach supported by May 19-20 collection

From a series of online videos helping people prepare for Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s arrival to Holy Week messages on TV and social media inviting inactive Catholics back to the faith, the … more

Diocese’s sixth vicar general has long view of history

Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki — pastor of Cathedral of St. Joseph parish in Jefferson City, chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives, and immediate past vice-chancellor and … more

Diocese’s first vicar for prison ministry has a heart for those who are incarcerated

Fourteen years ago, while offering a final Mass at the old Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) in Jefferson City, Father Joseph S. Corel reassured the Catholics there that Mass and the sacraments … more

CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS: Deepening the faith in Southern Missouri

St. Mary Church in Joplin, destroyed by a tornado in 2011, was rebuilt with help from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Home Missions Appeal.   LEFT: St. Mary Church in Joplin, built … more

Weekend Mass to be discontinued in LaGrange, St. Patrick and Wayland

Due to a declining number of priests and parishioners, weekend Masses are being discontinued in Notre Dame Church in LaGrange, the Shrine of St. Patrick in St. Patrick and St. Martha Church in … more

Helping young men unleash the power to serve

Love really does conquer all, provided people know how to give it, accept it and acknowledge God as its exclusive source. That was a prevailing theme at Camp Maccabee last … more

BISHOP McKNIGHT: “Connecting the dots”

“Through the Blood of the Cross.” “In truth and charity.” “With a shepherd’s care.” In my role as your new bishop and teacher, I find a connection … more

Restorative Justice in Santa Rosa

The national Catholic Home Missions Collection will be taken in parishes throughout the diocese the weekend of April 21-22. Here is a profile of one of numerous ministries that receive crucial … more

Diocesan Communications Survey

A message from Deacon Dan Joyce, director of the Diocesan Communications Office: If you haven’t received an email asking you to participate in the new diocesan communications survey, please … more

Faith, gratitude — “keys” to latest CSA success

  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” — “Let us give thanks to the Lord” — applies to all seasons and … more

Bishop preaches against racism

Aware of the weight of history on the present, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight plans to make a personal pilgrimage this month to St. Peter Church in Brush Creek.   That simple, stone church … more

Catholic educators get a "push" for the "final stretch"

The late Bishop Kenneth Untener of Saginaw, Michigan, once asked a gathering of Catholics in his diocese what they wanted for their Church. Some said they envisioned dynamic youth ministry, … more

Sedalia Sacred Heart High School students help at Chrism Mass

A group of freshmen from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia traveled to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City to serve in important roles in year’s Mass of the Holy … more

Bishop McKnight celebrates first Chrism Mass in diocese

No priests: no Eucharist. No Eucharist: no communion. No communion: no Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight asserted that reality at his first Mass of the Holy Chrism as bishop of the … more

U.S. Catholic leaders concerned by low number of resettled refugees

Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United … more

PHOTOS: Mass of the Holy Chrism

Hundreds of laypeople joined Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City; Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, who led the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years; Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of … more

Pastors share insights into Holy Week

Christians throughout the world are observing Holy Week, the most solemn week of the Church’s year. The following reflections and examinations of Holy Week by Dominican Father Richard … more

God's Kingdom is at hand for those becoming Catholic at Easter

By Jay Nies Melissa Schupp Martin is coming to realize that the God of justice is also the God of mercy. “I’m over 40 now, so you’d think I would have learned that … more
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