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On July 16, 2021, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued an apostolic letter motu proprio entitled Traditionis custodes. This document alters Church law on the use of liturgical books from before … more
With five decades of high school, college and professional sports officiating under his belt, Salisbury native David Sturm has heard it all from jeering fans and upset coaches. However, he admits … more
“They’re a great group of priests you have there. Wonderful human beings, great priests, holy men.” Archbishop Emeritus Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis spoke of 28 priests of the … more
Father John Henderson offered the Saturday and Sunday Masses by candlelight. “It was like ‘Easter Vigil in July,’” said Fr. Henderson, pastor of St. William Parish in Perry … more
Emma Heienickle sees people all around her seeking fulfillment in the college party culture, perpetual Instagram worthiness and other empty pursuits. She has chosen the better part and will not be … more
“Of all the sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: It might have been.” Former U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah let the words of American poet and slavery abolitionist John … more
Father Bill Debo was hoping to play against type. He auditioned for the role of Fagan, the shady but affable ringleader of a gang of young pickpockets in Capital City Productions’ … more
About 135 Catholics and others devoted to the Venerable Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton, who was born in northeastern Missouri and grew up in Quincy, commemorated the 124th anniversary of his … more
As Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s (CCCNMO’s) new health and social services center in Jefferson City nears completion, one of its big neighbors are getting excited … more
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments:   RETIREMENT Deacon Francis X. Ruggerio, from assisting the Pastor of St. Thomas More … more
Father Patrick Dolan took the role of St. Peter one Holy Thursday during an unusually long foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. “Master,” he eventually called out, … more
Priests throughout the Jefferson City diocese are settling into new or modified assignments, following a large round of pastoral appointments that took effect July 1. Many of them are entering … more
In celebrating her retirement as a pastoral minister in Kirksville, Pat Lehr traced moments of her unusual and pioneering role with participants, at a Mass and reception in her … more
Two Boy Scouts from Troop 6 in Columbia may get a hard-to-earn Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award after they braved Hinkson Creek flood waters to rescue a woman late Friday afternoon. Joseph … more
These are the days of the year the sugarcane plantation workers in the Negros Occidental region of the Philippines call “tiempo muerto.” That is “dead time,” when … more
Taos native Erin Sprenger was stuck in the mud in the support-crew vehicle during last year’s Biking for Babies National Ride. She didn’t get halfway through her first decade of the … more
Maggie Craig grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school and got terribly bored with it as a teenager. “It didn’t seem to relate to me, and I couldn’t understand why it was so … more
Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives, led the members in prayer at the opening of their 2021 Extraordinary Special Session on June 30, 2021: … more
On Saturday, June 26, I am honored to be celebrating the wedding Mass of Taylor Manes and Chase Freidel of Holy Spirit Parish, who just completed her nursing degree at Truman State in … more
Father John Groner grew up in a family that did everything together and left no one behind. “We saw that everybody is important, that nobody gets excluded,” said Fr. Groner, pastor of … more
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