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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
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
  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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more
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
  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” — “Let us give thanks to the Lord” — applies to all seasons and … more
Aware of the weight of history on the present, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight plans to make a personal pilgrimage this month to St. Peter Church in Brush Creek.   That simple, stone church … more
The late Bishop Kenneth Untener of Saginaw, Michigan, once asked a gathering of Catholics in his diocese what they wanted for their Church. Some said they envisioned dynamic youth ministry, … more
Calling it a threat to religious freedom, Missouri’s Catholic bishops are opposing a potential state law that would allow people to carry concealed weapons into churches without the … more
A group of freshmen from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia traveled to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City to serve in important roles in year’s Mass of the Holy … more
No priests: no Eucharist. No Eucharist: no communion. No communion: no Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight asserted that reality at his first Mass of the Holy Chrism as bishop of the … more
Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United … more
Hundreds of laypeople joined Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City; Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, who led the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years; Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of … more
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