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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
The weather outside may have been cold and harsh, but inside the body of Holy Family Church in Hannibal, the atmosphere was one of warmth and joy as the parish, along with several other local … 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
Love-love was the score on Dec. 8 as Father Stephen Jones blessed the Gerhardinger Tennis Pavilion at Helias Catholic High School’s recently completed Crusader Sports Complex. It was the … 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
Jefferson City native Bishop Charles Roman Koester often used his shepherd’s crook as a teaching tool when preaching to young people at confirmation. He received the crosier, a ceremonial staff … more
More than 100 people made a pilgrimage to a temporary necropolis in the Holy Spirit Parish Hall in Centralia to commune with the saints. Father Carlos Martins, a member of the priestly Companions … 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
Los Angeles As Christmas approaches, people feel compelled to shop for various friends and family members, frantically spending much of December looking for the “right gift” for each … more
This Christmas will be a special one at Rolla’s St. Raymond’s Society house, a transitional home for women facing unexpected pregnancies. As the Church and the world celebrate the baby Jesus, … 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
A major project is under way to renew the interior of St. George Church in Linn. The goal is to update and improve several aspects of the church, which was completed in 1975. “We feel this … 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
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