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PHOTOS: Bishop-elect McKnight prays Evening Prayer with priests of the diocese

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

PHOTOS: Bishop McKnight prays the Rosary with deacons of the diocese

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

Three led the Jefferson City diocese before Bishop McKnight

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

Ancient symbols of a bishop and his ministry

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

Ordination of a Bishop is filled with beauty, ancient symbolism

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

Some of Pope Francis' advice to bishops of the United States

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

How a biochemistry major found his priestly calling

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

Bishop McKnight -- “Let us pray for one another”

“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

For new bishop, gratitude is key to answering God’s call

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

Historical items to be used for the ordination

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

“Father of Stewardship” is one of Bishop-elect’s role models

“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

Daily Offering — Ofrecimiento Diario

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

Bishop-elect’s heart was touched by a saint — literally

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 McKnight is a nationally recognized authority on the permanent diaconate

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

Bishop McKnight: Prayers and thanks

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

Bishop McKnight's biography at a glance

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

Statement from Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos on Bishop McKnight's arrival

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

A new bishop for a vast, historical diocese

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

Students learning about, praying for bishops

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, of Edina, ordained in 2016, to be laid to rest

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
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