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Jill Alberti began traversing the diocese’s great expanses last July, reveling in the people, history and unique culture of each parish she visited, coalescing enthusiasm for interparish … more
With a push for the legislature to pass the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, pro-lifers were fired up at a recent lobby day at in the Missouri State Capitol. More than 300 people attended a … more
If it wasn’t perfectly clear before, it had better be now. The sexual abuse of any minor or other vulnerable person is a crime against God and humanity, and any attempt to cover it up is as … more
This is the first of two introductory articles about Natural Family Planning: Christian marriage, first and foremost, is focused on Christ. It frees husbands and wives to serve God by caring … more
The repentance Jesus preached throughout His earthly ministry — the kind of repentance Christians are called to remain focused on throughout Lent — is as drastic a divergence from the … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has summoned 13 men of the Jefferson City diocese to holy orders in order to become permanent deacons of diocese. He plans to ordain them during Mass on May 4 in the … more
The roads that lead people to the Catholic Church in these 38 counties are as colorful and varied as the kaleidoscopic windows in the Cathedral of St. Joseph. People from throughout the Jefferson … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight joined Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in raising a glass. The congregation, whose members have been providing continual service in what is now the Jefferson City … more
With speed and certainty that surprised even its strongest supporters, one of the most comprehensive pieces of anti-abortion legislation in the country cleared the Missouri House of Representatives … more
Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton’s beatification cause has taken another important step forward and toward the desk of Pope Francis. The theological commission for the Church’s … more
Catholic Christians are sealed in confirmation with the fullness of grace they first received at baptism. Why should they have to wait so long to receive that gift? That’s what Bishop W. … more
Next January, I will be making a special trip to Rome, along with other bishops from Missouri and some adjoining states. We have been invited to make our “ad limina” visit to the Holy … more
Father Edward A. Doyle, 82, a retired priest of the Jefferson City diocese, died peacefully on March 3 in New Florence, after a lengthy illness. The Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated … 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 … more
“Let us begin this holy season of Lent,” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight stated at an early morning Mass for Ash Wednesday in the Cathedral of St. Joseph. “Let it be a fruitful time for us … more
Catholic recording artist Donna Cori Gibson will present a concert on Sunday, March 10 in St. Joseph School gym, at 123 E. Main St. in Westphalia. The concert will start at 6 p.m. and light … more
Permanent solutions to the Church’s sexual abuse crisis are going to require a greater level of lay participation and more legal muscle.These were conclusions discussed at two events in … more
“My God,” St. Jean Vianney often prayed, “if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.” Nearly … more
When I was in college, there was a group of students who didn’t always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around, all decided to band together in giving up a few particular … more
A young South Sudanese refugee raising her siblings in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. A father returning home after decades of civil war in Sri Lanka to find his farm overgrown. A young … more
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