Appointments

Adopting a new Coat of Arms for the Diocese of Jefferson City

March 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Adopting a new Coat of Arms for the Diocese of Jefferson City

Whereas the present coat of arms of the Diocese of Jefferson City has caused concern among some of the faithful regarding the use of certain secular symbols on it, namely the Phrygian cap and the liberty pole; and

Whereas there exists among the clergy and faithful a desire for more explicit Christian symbolism in the diocesan coat of arms; and

Whereas after having received the unanimous recommendations of the Diocesan Pastoral Council on 30 January 2021 and the Presbyteral Council on 9 February 2021 to adopt a new coat of arms as proposed to them;

I hereby DECREE as Diocesan Bishop that the following coat of arms with its description shall become the official and exclusive coat of arms of the Diocese of Jefferson City, effective 1 July 2021:

Quarterly, Azure and Argent; overall a Latin cross divided per quarter Argent and Gules; in chief to dexter a crescent Argent and to sinister a mullet Azure; in base two barrulets wavy Counterchanged.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City, Missouri, on the 19th of March, the Solemnity of St. Joseph and in the Year of St. Joseph, 2021.



Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

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Establishing New Deaneries in the Diocese of Jefferson City

March 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Establishing New Deaneries in the Diocese of Jefferson City

Whereas canon 374 §2 of the Code of Canon Law provides that several neighboring parishes can be joined together in special groups known as “Vicariates Forane,” or Deaneries, for the purpose of fostering pastoral care under a priest appointed by the Diocesan Bishop as the Dean (cf. canons 553-555); and

Whereas changing demographics, especially in the rural territories of the diocese, encourage the reconfiguration of existing Deaneries for pastoral effectiveness; and

Whereas after having consulted the Deans and other members of the Presbyteral Council at their regular meeting on 9 February 2021 on the reconfiguration of Deaneries (cf. canon 50);

I hereby DECREE as Diocesan Bishop that the following new Deaneries shall be established, effective 1 July 2021:

The North Deanery shall include the following parishes: St. Mary Parish, Milan; Mission of St. Mary, Unionville; Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield; St. Bonaventure Parish, Marceline; Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville; Mission of St. Rose of Lima, Novinger; Immaculate Conception Parish, Macon; Mission of Sacred Heart, Bevier; St. Mary Parish, Shelbina; St. Patrick Parish, Clarence; St. Joseph Parish, Edina; St. Aloysius Parish, Baring; St. John Parish, Memphis; St. Michael Parish, Kahoka; Shrine of St. Patrick, St. Patrick; St. Joseph Parish, Canton; Queen of Peace Parish, Ewing; Holy Family Parish, Hannibal; St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra.

The Central Deanery shall include the following parishes: St. Boniface Parish, Brunswick; St. Joseph Parish, Salisbury; St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Wien; Mission of St. Joseph, Hurricane Branch; St. Raphael Parish, Indian Grove; St. Peter Parish, Marshall; St. Joseph Parish, Slater; Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs; St. Pius X Parish, Moberly; St. Joseph Parish, Fayette; St. Mary Parish, Glasgow; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia; Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia; St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish, Columbia; Holy Rosary Parish, Monroe City; St. Stephen Parish, Indian Creek; Mission of St. Frances Cabrini, Paris; Holy Spirit Parish, Centralia; St. Brendan Parish, Mexico; St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg; St. Joseph Parish, Fulton; St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, Mokane; St. William Parish, Perry; St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana; Mission of Queen of Peace, Clarksville; St. Clement Parish, St. Clement; Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City; St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg; Church of the Resurrection, Wellsville; Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia; Mission of St. John, Laddonia; Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland.

The Southwest Deanery shall include the following parishes: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County; St. Ann Parish, Warsaw; Mission of Ss. Peter and Paul, Cole Camp; St. Bernadette Parish, Hermitage; St. Patrick Parish, Laurie; Mission of St. Philip Benizi, Versailles; Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville; St. Joseph Parish, Pilot Grove; St. Andrew Parish, Tipton; Annunciation Parish, California; St. Anthony Parish, Camdenton; Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon; Our Lady of Snows Parish, Mary’s Home; Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark; St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony.

The Southeast Deanery shall include the following parishes: St. Joseph Parish, Westphalia; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Folk; Sacred Heart Parish, Rich Fountain; Holy Family Parish, Freeburg; St. Cecilia Parish, Meta; St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle; St. George Parish, Linn; Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Frankenstein; St. Louis of France Parish, Bonnots Mill; Immaculate Conception Parish, Loose Creek; Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Chamois; Visitation Parish, Vienna; Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown; St. Alexander Parish, Belle; St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Robert; St. Jude Parish, Richland; St. Cornelius Parish, Crocker; St. Theresa Parish, Dixon; St. Patrick Parish, Rolla; Immaculate Conception Parish, St. James; St. Anthony Parish, Rosati; St. George Parish, Hermann; Assumption Parish, Morrison; Immaculate Conception Parish, Owensville; Holy Cross Parish, Cuba; St. Francis Caracciolo Parish, Bourbon; St. Michael Parish, Steelville.

The See City Deanery shall include the following parishes: St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, Jefferson City; St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City; Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City; St. Martin Parish, St. Martins; St. Michael Parish, Russellville; St. Andrew Parish, Holts Summit; St. Stanislaus Parish, Wardsville; St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, St. Thomas; St. Francis Xavier Parish, Taos.

Whenever pastors, administrators or moderators of pastoral life have responsibility for more than one parish, all parishes under their responsibility shall pertain to the Deanery in which the parish priest has official primary residence.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City, Missouri, on the 9th of March in the Year of St. Joseph, 2021.



Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

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Official appointments

December 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

On 7 December, 2020, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments:

REVEREND AUGUSTINE A. OKOLI, acceptance of resignation as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City and St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, continuing as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg and Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, effective 1 January 2021.

REVEREND R. WILLIAM PECKMAN, acceptance of resignation as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fayette, continuing as pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville, effective 1 January 2021.

REVEREND PAUL M. HARTLEY, from pastor of St. Mary Parish, Glasgow and St. Joseph Parish, Slater, to pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City and St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, effective 1 January 2021.

REVEREND MARK S. SMITH, JCL, as parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Slater, continuing as parochial administrator of St. Peter Parish, Marshall and the Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs, effective 1 January 2021.

REVEREND JOSHUA J. DUNCAN, from parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia, to parochial administrator of St. Mary Parish, Glasgow and St. Joseph Parish, Fayette, continuing as Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies, effective 1 January 2021.

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

REVEREND PHILIP E. NIEKAMP, acceptance of resignation as vicar forane (dean) of the Columbia Deanery, continuing as pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, effective 7 December 2020.

DEACON ALAN D. SIMS, acceptance of resignation from director of Catholic Cemeteries, from nursing home ministry, and from prison ministry, continuing in parochial ministry at St. Stanislaus Parish, Wardsville, effective 1 January 2021.

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Official appointment

November 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointment

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointment:

Reverend Basil Tigga, from associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City and Hospital Ministry, to administrator of St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna, effective 1 December, 2020.

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Official appointments

October 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments on 27 October 2020:

Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, from adjutant judicial vicar to judicial vicar, and continuing as pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann and Church of the Risen Savior Parish, Rhineland, as well as rector of the diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Starkenburg, effective Oct. 27, 2020.

Father Christopher M. Aubuchon, from director of seminarians and residence at Our Lady of Good Counsel rectory, Kansas City, to residence at Our Lady of Lourdes rectory, Columbia and continuing on medical leave, effective Nov. 1, 2020

Deacon Fred F. Schmitz, from parish life collaborator at St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend to retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2020.

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Official Appointments

August 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Official Appointments

Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments:

Deacon James Kliethermes, from diaconal ministry at Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City, to retirement, effective from July 29, 2020.

Deacon Edwin J. Schepers, from diaconal ministry at Annunciation Parish, California, and St. Andrew Parish, Tipton, to retirement, effective from July 25, 2020.

Deacon Edwin Pacheco, from diaconal ministry at St. Mary Parish, Milan, and Mission of St. Mary, Unionville, to diaconal ministry at Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville, and continuing with Hispanic Ministries in the Kirksville deanery, effective August 5, 2020.

Father Daniel L. Vacca, to moderator of pastoral care at St. Bernadette, Hermitage, and continuing as pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Camdenton, effective Sept. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Father Alexius Ekka, from administer of St. Bernadette, Hermitage, to sacramental minister at St. Bernadette, Hermitage, and continuing as pastor of St. Ann Parish, Warsaw, and Mission of SS. Peter and Paul, Cole Camp, effective Sept. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Deacon Kent D. Boettger, from parish life collaborator at St. Bernadette, Hermitage, and continuing diaconal ministry at St. Bernadette, Hermitage, effective Sept. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Ms. Mildred Webb, as part-time parish life collaborator at St. Bernadette, Hermitage, and continuing pastoral ministry at St. Anthony, Camdenton, effective Sept. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

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Official appointments

June 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:

MEDICAL LEAVE

Reverend Christopher M. Aubuchon shall continue medical leave for an indefinite time.

DEACONS

Deacon Derek J. Hooper, newly ordained, to assist Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, pastor, in parochial ministry at St. George, Hermann, and Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland

This appointment is effective June 4 through August 15, 2020.

Deacon Michael S. Brooks, from St. Patrick Parish, Rolla and Holy Cross Parish, Cuba, to Parish Life Collaborator of Visitation Parish, Vienna, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown.

Deacon Chad R. Lewis, from Visitation Parish, Vienna, to Holy Cross Parish, Cuba, while continuing to serve at St. Patrick Parish, Rolla.

Deacon Stephen H. Schwartze, from Our Lady of Snows, Mary’s Home, to Visitation Parish, Vienna, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown.

These appointments are effective July 1, 2020.

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Official appointments

May 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:

Retirements

REVEREND PATRICK DOWLING, from hospital and prison ministry, to retirement with residence at Holts Summit, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND GERALD J. KAIMANN, from pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Marceline and Immaculate Conception Parish in Brookfield, to retirement with residence at St. Joseph Rectory in Palmyra, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND MICHAEL F. QUINN, from pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hannibal to retirement with private residence at Monroe City, effective July 1, 2020.

Chancery appointments

REVEREND STEPHEN W. JONES, from president of Helias Catholic High School and administrator of St. Martin Parish in St. Martins, to full-time diocesan director of stewardship and part-time chaplain at Helias Catholic High School, effective July 1, 2020.

SISTER KATHLEEN WEGMAN, SSND, as Bishop’s delegate for religious, effective July 1, 2020.

MRS. BERNADETTE ADAMS, as vice chancellor, effective July 1, 2020.

DEACON RAY L. PURVIS, as director of deacon life and ministry, and to continue to serve at Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City, effective July 1, 2020.

DEACON JOHN A. SCHWARTZE, as director of deacon formation, and to continue to serve at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City, effective July 1, 2020.

Pastors

REVEREND CHRISTOPHER M. AUBUCHON, return from temporary medical leave and from full-time diocesan director of vocations, part-time chaplain at Helias Catholic High School and part-time parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia, to pastor of Visitation Parish in Vienna, Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Brinktown, and St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle and to continue as diocesan director of seminarians, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND SIMEON A. ETONU, from administrator of St. Mary Parish in Shelbina and St. Patrick Parish in Clarence, to pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Edina, St. Aloysius Parish in Baring, St. John Parish in Memphis, and as chaplain of the Kirksville Newman Center, and to further studies in Canon Law with the online program at the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND MATTHEW J. FLATLEY, from pastor of Visitation Parish in Vienna, Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Brinktown and St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle, to pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra and to continue as diocesan moderator of spiritual formation, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND COLIN P. FRANKLIN, from pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Edina, St. Aloysius Parish in Baring, and St. John Parish in Memphis, and as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Milan and the Mission of St. Mary in Unionville, and as chaplain of the Kirksville Newman Center, to pastor of St. George Parish in Linn and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Frankenstein, to diocesan moderator of Catholic rural life and to further studies in Canon Law with the online program at the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND DANIEL J. MERZ, SLD, from pastor of St. George Parish in Linn and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Frankenstein, to pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia and vicar for permanent deacons, continuing as chair of diocesan liturgical commission, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND BENJAMIN E. NWOSU, to pastor of St. Mary Parish in Shelbina and St. Patrick Parish in Clarence, and to continue as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Macon and the Mission of the Sacred Heart Parish in Bevier, effective July 1, 2020.

Administrators

REVEREND JASON T. DOKE, STL, to administrator of St. Martin Parish in St. Martins, and to continue as diocesan moderator of the curia, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND KELECHI M. UZUEGBU, from administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra, to administrator of St. Bonaventure Parish in Marceline with sacramental duties at Immaculate Conception Parish in Brookfield, effective July 1, 2020.

Parochial vicars

REVEREND PAUL J. CLARK, from part-time parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia and diocesan moderator of pro-life ministry, to parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia and diocesan vocation director, and to continue as part-time chaplain at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School and diocesan moderator of youth and young adults ministry, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND JOSHUA J. DUNCAN, from diocesan assistant vocation director, part-time parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City and part-time chaplain at Helias Catholic High School, to parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia, and to continue duties as the Bishop’s master of ceremonies, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND BENEDICT F. CHAGULA, to parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City, effective July 1, 2020.

Permanent diaconate

DEACON MARK J. DOBELMANN, to occasionally assist the pastor of St. Clement Parish in St. Clement, and to continue assisting the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Vandalia and the Mission of St. John Parish in Laddonia, and continue assisting in prison ministry in that area of the Diocese, March 31, 2020. 

DEACON PHILIP M. GARCIA, from assisting the pastor of St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City to medical leave, March 31, 2020.

Other appointments

REVEREND FRANCIS W. DOYLE, to diocesan moderator of marriage and family life, and to continue as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND ANTHONY J. VIVIANO, from diocesan moderator of marriage and family life, to diocesan moderator of pro-life ministry, and to continue as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Westphalia and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Folk, effective July 1, 2020.

REVEREND JAMES FINDER, currently a retired priest in residence at the Cathedral rectory, to senior priest in residence at Annunciation in California and continuing hospital ministry in Cole County, effective July 1, 2020.

Other official announcements

REVEREND BASIL ERUO, from residence at St. Martin Parish in St. Martins, to an assignment by his Bishop outside the Diocese, effective May 18, 2020. 

REVEREND MICHAIL P. FORD, OP, from parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia, to an assignment by his Prior Provincial outside the Diocese, effective July 1, 2020. 

REVEREND RICHARD F. LITZAU, OP, from pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia, to an assignment by his Prior Provincial outside the Diocese, effective July 1, 2020. 

Given at the Chancery this first day of May 2020



Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

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Official appointments

January 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:

Reverend Alexander Gabriel from pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish in Mary’s Home, to pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Tipton and Annunciation Parish in California, effective Jan. 28, 2020.
Reverend Callistus C. Okoroji from pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Loose Creek and St. Louis of France Parish in Bonnots Mill to pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish in Mary’s Home, effective Jan. 28, 2020.
Reverend Anthony R. Rinaldo from pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Tipton and Annunciation Parish in California, to pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Loose Creek and St. Louis of France Parish in Bonnots Mill, effective Jan. 28, 2020.
Deacon Michael S. Brooks to assist the pastor of Holy Cross Parish and School in Cuba, and to continue assisting the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rolla, effective Dec. 18, 2019.
Deacon Chad R. Lewis to assist the pastor of Visitation Parish in Vienna, St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle, Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Brinktown and the Mission of St. Boniface in Koeltztown, and to continue assisting the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rolla, effective Dec. 18, 2019.
Deacon Thomas C. Manion to assist the pastor of Visitation Parish in Vienna, St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle, Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Brinktown and the Mission of St. Boniface in Koeltztown, and to continue assisting the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rolla, effective Dec. 18, 2019.

Deacon Matthew K. McLaughlin to assist the pastor of Visitation Parish in Vienna, St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle, Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Brinktown and the Mission of St. Boniface in Koeltztown, and to continue assisting the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rolla, effective Dec. 18, 2019.

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OFFICIAL DECREE: Clergy appointments

October 18, 2019 | Comments Off on OFFICIAL DECREE: Clergy appointments

These appointments are effective October 13, 2019. The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:

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