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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
A group of freshmen from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia traveled to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City to serve in important roles in year’s Mass of the Holy … more
No priests: no Eucharist. No Eucharist: no communion. No communion: no Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight asserted that reality at his first Mass of the Holy Chrism as bishop of the … more
Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United … more
Hundreds of laypeople joined Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City; Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, who led the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years; Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of … more
Christians throughout the world are observing Holy Week, the most solemn week of the Church’s year. The following reflections and examinations of Holy Week by Dominican Father Richard … more
By Jay Nies Melissa Schupp Martin is coming to realize that the God of justice is also the God of mercy. “I’m over 40 now, so you’d think I would have learned that … more
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