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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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
“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 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
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
“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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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