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The following article by the spiritual moderator for the Jefferson City diocese was originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of Catholic Rural Life magazine: I was fly-fishing in the … more
Determined and joyful. That’s how Dr. Erin Vader sums up her approach to Catholic education. “I set my mind to things and do everything I can to see them to fruition — and I … more
“It’s LENT! Aren’t you excited?” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight got muffled laughs and a few odd looks from Ash Wednesday congregants in the Cathedral of St. … more
St. Jude the Apostle asked Jesus on the night of the Last Supper, “Master, what happened that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” (John 14:22) Jesus spent the rest of … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has appointed Father Stephen Jones as director of stewardship for the Diocese of Jefferson City, a new position that will provide support to the 95 parishes in the … more
CLICK HERE TO read Bishop McKnight’s related Making Connections column. The late Father Henry Reichert of Tipton once proclaimed, “The best song has never been sung. It’s waiting … more
CLICK HERE to read a related article.  Now that I have reached my two-year anniversary as your bishop, I find myself grateful every day for the opportunity to be the shepherd for God’s … more
The streets ran red in Jefferson City during the 10th annual Midwest March for Life Feb. 1. More than 2,000 people from all over Missouri and beyond — many dressed in blazing crimson — … more
It was built to be a chapel and gymnasium for young men discerning a call to Priesthood in faraway missions. It later served as a senior center, youth sports venue and home to a local theater … more
Mae Cross was basking in the hope and fellowship of this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., when she caught sight of a man with a sign: “To the mothers of all four of my … more
Bishop W. Shawn Mc­Knight struck up a harmonious conversation with several hundred catechists and teachers who are actively engaged in the formation of young Catholic disciples. “Tonight … more
An adept horticulturist, Father J. James Offutt Jr. maintained that there are only two good times for planting: “when you should … and when you have time.” He applied a similar … more
Keeping Catholic education affordable and paying Catholic school educators a living wage need not be mutually exclusive. An important factor is the Diocesan Excellence in Education Fund (DEEF), a … more
National Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. The mission and foundation of Catholic education are directly related to evangelization, stated the head of the National Catholic Educational … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight plans to attend the 10th annual Midwest March for Life on Feb. 1 in Jefferson City and to begin the event with a few words and a blessing of the cross that is to be carried … more
The 290 people from 19 parishes in the Jefferson City leaving on pilgrimage for the National Mass and Prayer Vigil for Life and the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. were intending to … more
Pope Francis spent a significant amount of his Jan. 16 meeting with U.S. bishops from the Midwest bolstering parish life and outreach, along with other issues that are crucial to upholding and … more
Despite recent studies that indicate a rise in secularism, bishops must continue to give witness to God’s love by laying down their lives for their flocks, said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:   CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   PASTORS Reverend Alexander Gabriel, from pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon … more
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from the bishop's pilgrimage.  Wise men from the East and the West arrived at the life-size Nativity scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the … more
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