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Bishop McKnight's motto and coat of arms

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

2018 Lenten regulations, admonitions for the diocese

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

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight ordained, installed as servant leader of the Jefferson City diocese

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

Before ordination, the people gather to pray for their new shepherd

“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

At Midday Prayer service, bishop-elect speaks of impact of religious sisters, brothers, priests

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

Bishop-elect urges priests to be men of Eucharistic sacrifice, gratitude

“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

Bishop-elect to deacons: service gives authority to proclamation of the Gospel

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

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 6

Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 7

Additional photos from before, during and after the Ordination Mass. more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 2

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

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 3

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

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 4

The Eucharistic Prayer; Holy Communion; Bishop McKnight blesses everyone in the cathedral; the new bishop gives a message; the recessional. more

PHOTOS: Ordination and Installation of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, Part 1

Bishops in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center; deacons, priests and bishops and members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gather outside the cathedral; … more

Maryknoll Fr. Louis B. Rost, 89, a native of Jefferson City, served for decades in Taiwan

Maryknoll Father Louis B. Rost, 89, a Jefferson City native who ministered in Taiwan for over 60 years, died on Nov. 12 at Maryknoll’s Mission St. Teresa’s care facility in Maryknoll, New York. … more

PHOTOS: Bishop-elect McKnight prays, has fellowship with religious sisters, priest, brother

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Midday Prayer in the chapel of the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center in Jefferson City on Feb. 5 with religious sisters, priests and a brother serving in the Jefferson City diocese. Then, after greetings outside the chapel, they adjourned to lunch for fellowship and a slightly belated celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of the diocese. more

PHOTOS: Solemn Vespers with Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight leads the praying of Solemn Vespers with fellow bishops and priests, dignitaries and members of the local Church Feb. 5, the night before his ordination and … more

PHOTOS: Bishop-elect McKnight prays Evening Prayer with priests of the diocese

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays Evening Prayer with Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos and the priests of the Jefferson City diocese on Sunday, Feb. 4, in St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Afterward, they gathered for fellowship in the parish rectory. This was one of several prayer-centered events leading up to his Feb. 6 ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City. more

PHOTOS: Bishop McKnight prays the Rosary with deacons of the diocese

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight prays and meditates on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with permanent deacons, deacon candidates, and their wives the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 4, at Father Tolton … more

Three led the Jefferson City diocese before Bishop McKnight

Here are brief bios of the first three bishops of the Diocese of Jefferson City: Bishop Joseph M. Marling C.PP.S. “Per Sanguinem Crucis” (“Through the Blood of the Cross”) Bishop … more

Ancient symbols of a bishop and his ministry

Here is a description of some of the symbols, rooted in Sacred Scripture and centuries of Church history, that help identify a bishop and his important role in the life of the … more
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