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Diocese's chancellor is a woman of Central Missouri, the world

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

School’s ‘go-to’ person for technology honored for excellence

Principal Gayle Trachsel sees Rose Thoenen as “the glue that holds St. Peter Interparish School together.” Eighth-grader Adam Winkelman described her as a strong Catholic role … more

Ground blessed, broken for Columbia school expansion

Click here for a gallery of photos from this event. Students’ strident strains of “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” pushed back at the sounds of the city during an April … more

Bishop McKnight visits site of Fr. Tolton’s baptism

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight stood silently among nondescript wooden crosses. They designate the previously unmarked burial places of contemporaries of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton … more

Principal, interim president announced for Fr. Tolton Catholic H.S.

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City has named a new leadership team for Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia. Gwendolyn Roche is the new principal of … more

Fr. Tigga, 71, ministered for a time in the Jefferson City diocese

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

Broad range of national, local communications outreach supported by May 19-20 collection

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

Fr. Tolton celebration points to grace, unity, inspiration

Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton broke the rules that break God’s heart.   The Catholic Church’s first black priest in the United States resisted the societal norms … more

Diocese’s sixth vicar general has long view of history

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

Diocese’s first vicar for prison ministry has a heart for those who are incarcerated

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

Valley Hope chaplain left the comfort of the ‘Upper Room’

  Heather Morgan gets to watch little miracles unfold in her deep-lavender office at Valley Hope of Boonville. These instances assure her that her desire to please God does, in fact, … more

CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS: Deepening the faith in Southern Missouri

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

Weekend Mass to be discontinued in LaGrange, St. Patrick and Wayland

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

Helping young men unleash the power to serve

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

Spellers give ‘nothing but their best’ at diocesan spelling bee

It all came down to “athletics.”   After an intense back-and-forth, Whitney Hackman of St. Mary School in Frankenstein correctly spelled that word to break a tie with … more

St. Mary Church in Milan renewed for a new generation

Click here for a collection of photos from the renovation of St. Mary Church.    The light of day now reflects off the hardwood floor of St. Mary Church in Milan, just as it did when … more

BISHOP McKNIGHT: “Connecting the dots”

“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

Restorative Justice in Santa Rosa

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

FR. BROOKE: Three steps to joy

        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more

Diocesan Communications Survey

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
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