PHOTOS: Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos 50th priestly anniversary, Part 2


Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, a St. Louis native who led the Diocese of Jefferson City from 1997 to 2017, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination with Mass in the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Dec. 20, 2018. Joining him at the altar were his successor, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight; Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, who ordained Bishop Gaydos a bishop in 1997; Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska; Bishop Edward Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau; Bishop Carl Kemme of Wichita, Kansas; and Bishop John J. Leibrecht, bishop emeritus of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Priests of the Jefferson City diocese and surrounding dioceses concelebrated. Archbishop Lucas preached the homily. Father Richard Stoltz of the St. Louis archdiocese gave the toast at the reception. (117 photos)