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God wants to use everything — the good, the bad, the ugly, the strong and the weak — to build up His kingdom. The key is to yield to the gentle movements of His … more
Just beyond what can be seen inside a beautiful church building are the things that help make it work. Pipes, wires, ducts, structural elements — while these may not seem beautiful or … more
Deacon Richard H. Luebbering, 85, a retired deacon who served at St. Peter parish in Marshall, died on May 11 in Marshall. The Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated on May 17 in St. … more
Bishop Edward M. Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau believes “these men called Knights” need to “raise the bar” when it comes to what society expects of men in … more
Keeping God as the focus, staying committed to daily prayer and helping restore dignity to society’s most vulnerable people are keys to making this a truly great nation. It must start … more
Click here for a gallery of photos from this event. By Jay Nies Marian hymns and chants resonated through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on the Blessed Mother’s newest feastday. … more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” — “Let us give thanks to the Lord” — applies to all seasons and … more
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
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
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