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Catholic Relief Services Collection, Mar. 10-11

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight saw firsthand how a fresh-water project in an isolated Ethiopian village did more than quench the residents’ thirst.   It pointed to a more promising … more

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Rite of Election points to the Easter sacraments

  Justin Oaks and two of his sons have had some interesting conversations over the past few months.   All three are preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic … more

Refugees among the first to greet Bishop McKnight

  Although it’s not easy adjusting to life in a new country, Mohammed Hraishawi and his family are safe, full of joy and free of worry.   They’re also very … more

Chrism Mass, Mar. 22 in the cathedral

Last spring, while celebrating the Mass of the Holy Chrism with the priests of this diocese, Bishop John R. Gaydos, now retired, noted that all other sacraments point toward or flow from the … more

PHOTOS: Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight welcomed people from parishes all over the diocese who are preparing to be initiated into the Church at Easter, during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion … more

UPDATE: Bishop offers first Confirmation Mass in church with strong ties to his home diocese

The following is an updated version of the article, “Bishop-elect McKnight’s appointment: a moment long in the making,” from the Dec. 8, 2017, print edition of The Catholic … more

Refugees among the first to greet Bishop McKnight

Although it’s not easy adjusting to life in a new country, Mohammed Hraishawi and his family are safe, full of joy and free of worry. They’re also very grateful. “Without all … more

Naumann to retire from Tolton HS

Bernard A. Naumann Jr., president of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, announced today (Feb. 28) that he will retire at the end of the current school year in order to assist aging … more

Sr. Rose Maria Birkenfeld, 86, dies

Benedictine Sister Rose Maria Birkenfeld, 86 — a longtime member and former prioress of the former Benedictine Community of Our Lady of Peace Monastery in Columbia, whose service in the diocese … more

Journal bears visit Cathedral during Easter preparation rite

Fuzz and Honey had never been to the cathedral, so they went along for the ride. It turned out to be their biggest adventure yet. “Honey was so excited!” Jeannine Dove wrote in a … more

Bishop to rely on grace, work to build bridges

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

UPDATE: DACA deadline--Catholics urge fix for immigration woes

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

Eight questions about Lent answered

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

UPDATED: Bishop McKnight addresses sin of racism in TV interview

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

Much to see and read with diocesan paper’s new online edition

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 Gaydos to be among “Hall of Fame: honorees at Helias Catholic H.S. “Celebrate the Legacy” event March 3

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

UPDATED: Communal reconciliation services for Lent

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

Ashes are a symbol of Lenten repentance, commitment to soaking up God’s grace

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

UPDATED: Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announces new diocesan cabinet appointments

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
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