PHOTOS: 50th anniversary celebration, St. Bernadette Parish in Hermitage

Oct. 14, 2023, St. Bernadette Church, with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight presiding


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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City offers Mass in St. Bernadette Church in Hermitage, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Bernadette Parish. Celebrating the Mass with the bishop were Father Benjamin Nwosu, pastor of the Hermitage parish and of St. Ann Parish in Warsaw and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Cole Camp, and Father Robert Fields, former pastor of the Hermitage parish, who now ministers in northeastern Missouri. A dinner reception in the parish hall followed the Mass. St. Bernadette Parish, the only Catholic church in Hickory County, was founded in 1973. It is part of the Diocese of Jefferson City, which includes 38 counties in central and northeastern Missouri. The current St. Bernadette Church building was dedicated in 1976 and has been enlarged several times. (75 photos)