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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight called to mind the overwhelming sense of responsibility he felt when he learned he would become the Jefferson City diocese’s new bishop. Then came something even … more
Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that … more
Q. Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays? A. This practice is one of the disciplines of Lent that has the goal of love and surrender to God. It requires a break in the normal routine of our day … more
Stephanie Hirata, a reporter for KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, recently interviewed Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop Shawn McKnight about St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson’s call for his priests … more
The Catholic Missourian’s long-awaited online edition is garnering plaudits and accolades from readers. The online edition can be found at or … more
Bishop John R. Gaydos, bishop emeritus of the Jefferson City diocese, will be among the six people inducted this year into the Helias Hall of Fame during Foundation for the Benefit of Helias Catholic … more
Lent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Here is a list of the remaining Lenten communal reconciliation services … more
The ashes that give the first day of Lent its name may wear off quickly, but the constant need that they symbolize for self-examination and turning back to God must be remembered and acted upon … more
Bishop Shawn McKnight on Feb. 9 announced the following appointments to leadership roles for the Diocese of Jefferson City: •Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki, pastor of Cathedral of St. … more
Here is a description and interpretation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto and coat of arms: Motto: “GRATIAS AGAMUS DOMINO” The motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” is taken … more
As another Lenten journey of conversion begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, Holy Mother Church calls all Catholics to a deeper … more
Blazing colors, fragrant incense, the pealing of bells and resonant strains of “Veni, Creator Spiritus” — “Come, Creator Spirit.” These, along with unexpectedly clear skies and a renewed … more
“I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching.” — Antiphon based on Jeremiah 3:15 By Jay Nies Standing at the altar of sacrifice, … more
A professor emerita of biology at the University of Dallas helped Bishop W. Shawn McKnight achieve the test scores he needed to get into medical school. The professor, a revered School Sister of … more
“The life of a Christian disciple is a life lived in gratitude! When we are caught up in love, there is no sacrifice too great for our beloved.” Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight addressed the … more
Service is what gives the Church her credibility in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people, especially those in most need of hearing it. That is why the first formal event … more
Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more
Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more
The Rite of Ordination; praying of the Litany of Saints while the new bishop lies prostrate before the altar; laying on of hands by Archbishop Carlson and the other bishops and archbishops; two … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is escorted to the bishop's chair in the cathedral; fellow bishops and archbishops exchange a sign of peace with him; members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council present the … more
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