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Wichita parishioners recall Bishop-elect McKnight’s leadership

For the past two years, Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight has been working with the parishioners of Church of the Magdalen parish in Wichita to refine and put into practice his vision for the Church in … more

Father Patrick Shortt, 76, priest from Ireland, longtime pastor, laid to rest in Mary’s Home

“Who will plow the fields now? Who will sow the corn? Who will mind the horses now and keep them neatly shorn? The stack that’s in the hay cart, unthreshed it may remain, since Fr. Pat has left … more

Bishop Emeritus Gaydos as transition progresses - It’s ‘just sweet’

Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos has been lifting his successor up in prayer. “I’ve been praying for him every day. In fact, I was praying for him before I knew who he was,” said Bishop … more

Current, future bishop give pro-life pilgrims a rousing send-off

God’s power is often revealed as individuals gathered to do great and important things in His name. Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos offered that reassurance along with blessings to the 212 … more

Parishioners in Wichita say Bishop-elect McKnight brings Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel” to life

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” … more

An old friend offers words of comfort at Fr. Bussmann’s passing

Rabbi Joseph Fred Benson of Jefferson City first met the late Father Frank Bussmann 39 years ago. “We were both young,” Rabbi Benson recalled. “Frank had been in private law practice for … more

Bishop-elect McKnight’s family noticed priestly potential early on

Dr. Peter O’Reilly was close to becoming a priest when he left the seminary and went to medical school. Years later, his godson was planning on becoming a doctor when he realized the Holy … more

Bishop Emeritus Gaydos thanks Hispanic leaders in the diocese, urges them to continue serving, believing in Christ’s Incarnation

Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos gave a rousing thank-you to leaders in the various Hispanic communities throughout the diocese during a Christmas celebration for the Diocesan Hispanic … more

Young people, adults deeply inspired by their NCYC experience

The call to holiness is for everybody, but God has also planned a way for each person to answer that call for the good of the whole Church. Throngs of young Catholics from all over North America … more

Thousands answer their call to holiness at 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference

The following firsthand account is from one of more than 400 young people and chaperones from the Jefferson City diocese who traveled to Indianapolis Nov. 16-18 for the 2017 National Catholic Youth … more

Friends anticipate great things from Bishop-elect McKnight

Two longtime acquaintances see great potential for Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight as he prepares to lead the Jefferson City diocese. Father Daniel Merz was associate director of the U.S. … more

El Puente sisters offer insights into Pope’s “Share the Journey”

Two sisters from El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City gave a presentation titled “Share the Journey” for the diocesan Cursillo School of Leaders on Dec. 2. Incarnate Word Sister … more

Why do we need a bishop?

Here is some information about bishops and their role in the Church and their diocese, as referenced in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): A bishop is a member of the assembly of bishops, … more

Bishop-elect McKnight’s appointment: a moment long in the making

“We experience life to the fullest because of the love God has for us,” Bishop-emeritus John R. Gaydos stated in 2013 at the 175th anniversary Mass for Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain. … more

Bishop-elect McKnight writes to Wichita parishioners of his appointment to head the Jefferson City diocese

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight, who has been designated to succeed Bishop John R. Gaydos as bishop of Jefferson City on Feb. 6, wrote the following column to his parishioners at Church of the … more

Selection of Bishop-elect McKnight lauded

Catholic leaders throughout Missouri are expressing gratitude to Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos while applauding Pope Francis’ selection of Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Wichita, … more

Father Frank Bussmann, 72, dies suddenly, was pastor of the Fulton and Mokane parishes

There were two framed pictures on top of Father Frank Bussmann’s casket: one of him in his clerics, the other of him holding an infant grandchild. Fr. Bussmann, 72, pastor of St. Peter parish … more

Christians must see ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ through lens of community, Fr. Jones tells interfaith audience

Christ’s followers have the means and a clear mandate to help bring the words of two popular Christmas songs to life. Toward that end, Father Stephen Jones, president of Helias Catholic High … more

Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, served in Columbia

Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, a retired deacon of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Columbia, died on Nov. 18 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. The Mass of Christian Burial was … more

Sr. Evelyn Marie Peterman FSM, 88, served in J.C., Hannibal

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 11:28 adorn the wall of the chapel in Wema, Kenya, where Sister Evelyn Marie … more
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