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“Thank you” are two of the most important words in the English language. Their power multiples when coupled with concrete acts of appreciation. “It has been wonderful to see … more
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s new headquarters in Jefferson City will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings around. The renovated and expanded former La … more
Sister Therese Thoenen remembers well that pre-dawn foggy morning of Aug. 22, 1947, when she boarded the train to Milwaukee to begin her life as a School Sister of St. Francis. She entered the … more
“Life goes fast, my child. It’s hard to believe how fast.” Marilyn Tucker addressed those words to Ann Diemler in the spring of 1951. They were playing the roles of mother and … more
This year’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., went virtual. Mostly. Five adults and four eighth-graders from St. George Parish in Hermann were among a little more than 200 … more
Students at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City stretched their legs, their minds and their hearts on Jan. 29. The school had its own March for Life in response to 48 years of legalized … more
Depicted on one side of the river are two wrists in shackles. On the other is a dove, free and at peace. Together, they will adorn one of nine marble plaques symbolizing important moments in … more
It has been a year for meeting challenges, adapting to changes, seizing opportunities and vastly exceeding expectations. Now, in the midst of hardships offset by blessings too numerous to count, … more
Women have been proclaiming Sacred Scripture and assisting at the altar at Mass for many years, but only in a “temporary” way, as defined by the Church. That will change under a … more
Clergy and laypeople will collaborate to help engaged couples throughout the Jefferson City diocese prepare for sacramental marriage, under a new diocesan policy. The policy, which will become … more
Carrying on a civil debate doesn’t come naturally to most people. They need all the opportunities they can get to observe and practice, preferably at a young age. Millie Aulbur spent … more
“Estoy aquí para ti.” “I am here for you.” Ilsi Palacios embodies those words of assurance to Spanish-speaking people in need throughout the Jefferson City … more
I would like to tell you a love story — not a romance, or an ode — but a story about real, messy, boots-on-the-ground, walking-through-fire love. I have been blessed to be here in the … more
“How does the Church stand as a sign for justice in a suffering world?” That question stirred deeply in Sister Stephanie Mertens’s heart and was never far from her … more
Sister Angela made a suggestion, and Tom and Dr. Mary Ellen Mullen made haste to carry it out. They prepared a Christmas feast to serve to people who were homebound, unemployed, alone, working the … more
Public and private schools have been weathering the storm of COVID-19 side-byside. Dr. Erin Vader, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, said Missouri’s Department of Elementary and … more
The team of teachers and staff at St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City has been helping fellow parishioners and school families develop a proper Catholic perspective on … more
The No. 1 response to a survey the diocese circulated last fall regarding the staffing of parishes in 10 counties was a question. “Why now?” “People seem to think that because … more
In the world of high school sports, a team always needs a sense of unity, a hard-work ethic and a desire to succeed. Those are key in a normal year. However, the fall of 2020 was anything but … more
Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri, often known as COCEMO, is an organization that began activities seven years ago within the Diocese of Jefferson City. Its purpose is to promote … more
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