Appointments and Decrees

Official appointments

May 16, 2022 | Comments Off on Official appointments

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, hereby makes the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

Retirements

REVEREND DONALD J. ANTWEILER, formerly pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City, acceptance of request for retirement, effective 30 June 2022.

REVEREND M. BRENDAN GRIFFEY, acceptance of request for retirement from associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, St. James and St. Anthony Parish, Rosati, effective 30 June 2022.

REVEREND IGNAZIO C. MEDINA, formerly pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, acceptance of request for retirement, effective 30 June 2022.

DEACON RAY L. PURVIS, acceptance of request for retirement from director of Ministry & Life of Permanent Deacons, effective 30 June 2022. Continuing liturgical ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City.

MRS. CONSTANCE J. SCHEPERS, formerly chancellor of the Diocese of Jefferson City, acceptance of request for retirement from Director of Child and Youth Protection, effective 30 June 2022.

Chancery appointments

DEACON MIKE W. BERENDZEN to director of Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing hospital ministry in Columbia and liturgical ministry at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Taos.

REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, JCL to adjutant judicial vicar in the Tribunal for a term of three years, and to head master of ceremonies for the bishop, both effective 1 August 2022.

REVEREND CHRISTOPHER L. CORDES to vicar for priests, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia.

MR. BENJAMIN H. ROODHOUSE, JD, JCL to chancellor of the Diocese of Jefferson City, and to judge in the Tribunal for a term of three years, both effective 11 May 2022. Continuing as director of Canonical Services.

Priests

REVEREND PAULINUS C. ANEKE, PhD to associate pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbia, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND CESAR A. ANICAMA to associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND CHRISTOPHER M. AUBUCHON, from associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Marshall, St. Joseph Parish in Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family in Sweet Springs, to parochial administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in St. Elizabeth and St. Anthony Parish in St. Anthony, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, JCL, from associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia, to associate pastor of St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City, effective 1 August 2022.

REVEREND PAUL J. CLARK, from associate pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish, Columbia and chaplain of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School, Columbia, to chaplain of Helias Catholic High School, Jefferson City and diocesan director of seminarians, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing as vocation director and moderator of youth and young adult ministry.

REVEREND JOSHUA J. DUNCAN to pastor of St. Mary Parish, Glasgow, effective 1 July 2022.  Continuing as parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Fayette.

REVEREND MATTHEW J. FLATLEY, formerly pastor of Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, to pastor of Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing as diocesan moderator of spiritual formation.

REVEREND ALEXANDER GABRIEL, formerly pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Tipton and Annunciation Parish, California, to pastor of Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND DEREK J. HOOPER, from associate pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville and St. Joseph Parish, Pilot Grove, to associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing as assistant master of ceremonies for the bishop.

REVEREND PASCHAL C. IHEDIOHAMMA, from associate pastor of St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City, to parochial administrator of St. Bonaventure Parish in Marceline, St. Joseph Mission in Hurricane Branch, and St. Raphael Parish in Indian Grove, and as sacramental minister of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND ROBERTO M. IKE, PhD to pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Holts Summit, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND SIMON JUDE KANYIKE, newly arrived mission priest from the Archdiocese of Kampala in Uganda, to associate pastor of St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City, effective 16 May and until 31 July 2022.

REVEREND IGNITIUS NIMWESIGA, from parochial administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in St. Elizabeth and St. Anthony Parish in St. Anthony, and part-time chaplain at Helias Catholic High School, to chaplain of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School with residence at St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbia, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND LEONARD K. MUKIIBI to pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, St. Thomas and St. Cecilia Parish, Meta, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND MICHAEL W. PENN, formerly pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Taos; to pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, effective 1 July 2022.  Continuing as the bishop’s delegate for the cause for canonization of Fr. Tolton.

REVEREND DYLAN SCHRADER, PhD, formerly pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico, to pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Westphalia and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Folk, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing as Chancery Latinist, Censor Librorum, moderator of religious education, and bishop’s delegate for the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

REVEREND KELECHI M. UZUEGBU, formerly pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Marceline, parochial administrator of St. Raphael Parish in Indian Grove, and St. Joseph Mission in Hurricane Branch, and sacramental minister of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield; to pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Taos, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND DAVID J. VEIT, formerly pastor in solidum of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County; to pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico, effective 1 July 2022.

REVEREND ANTHONY J. VIVIANO, formerly pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Westphalia and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Folk; to pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Tipton and Annunciation Parish, California, effective 1 July 2022.  Continuing as moderator of pro-life ministry.

Deacons

DEACON PEDRO J. ALMAZAN to spiritual advisor for the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing diaconal ministry at St. Peter Parish in Marshall, St. Joseph Parish in Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family in Sweet Springs, and Hispanic ministry in the diocese.

DEACON J. JAMIE MEDINA to spiritual advisor for the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement, effective 1 July 2022. Continuing diaconal ministry at St. Peter Parish in Marshall, St. Joseph Parish in Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family in Sweet Springs, and Hispanic ministry in the diocese.

DEACON J. AMPARO OROZCO, from diaconal ministry at St. Peter Parish in Marshall, St. Joseph Parish in Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family in Sweet Springs, to diaconal ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County, to spiritual advisor for the Hispanic Cursillo Movement, and to Hispanic ministry in the diocese, effective 1 July 2022.

Given at the Chancery this 11th day of May in the Year of our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Decree implementing policy on inactive Catholics and tuition

May 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Decree implementing policy on inactive Catholics and tuition

“The duty and right of educating belongs in a special way to the Church, to which has been divinely entrusted the mission of assisting persons so that they are able to reach the fullness of the Christian life.” Canon 794 § 1

In the course exercising my vigilance over Catholic schools according to canon 806 § 1 and during the implementation of the stewardship model throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City the need to implement a consistent rule on inactive Catholics and tuition in Catholic schools has become apparent. Having considered all the relevant factors, consulted the presbyteral council, the diocesan finance council, the diocesan finance officer, the director of stewardship, the superintendent of schools and all other interested parties, I now wish to introduce this new policy on Inactive Catholics and Tuition.

I therefore,

DECREE

that this Policy shall be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website, and that it will take effect on 1 July 2022, ad experimentum, for a period of one year. All things to the contrary notwithstanding. At the end of the ad experimentum period this Policy will be reevaluated. I furthermore order that a copy of this Policy be sent to all concerned parties.

Given at the Chancery on the 13th day of May in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mr. Ben Roodhouse
Chancellor

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Decree on implementing diocesan policy on capital campaigns and fundraisers

May 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Decree on implementing diocesan policy on capital campaigns and fundraisers

“The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church so that the Church has what is necessary for divine worship, for the works of the apostolate and of charity, and for the decent support of ministers.” Canon 222 § 1

In the course exercising my duty according to canon law and during the implementation of the stewardship model throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City, the need to further define how capital campaigns and fundraisers are undertaken has become clear. Having considered all the relevant factors, consulted the presbyteral council, the diocesan finance council, the diocesan finance officer, the director of stewardship, and all other interested parties, I now wish to introduce this new policy on Capital Campaigns and Fundraisers. I therefore,

DECREE

that this policy shall be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website, and that it will take effect on 1 July 2022, ad experimentum, for a period of one year. All things to the contrary notwithstanding. At the end of the ad experimentum period this policy will be reevaluated. I furthermore order that a copy of this policy be sent to all concerned parties.

Given at the Chancery on the 13th day of May in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mr. Ben Roodhouse
Chancellor

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Implementing the “motu proprio Traditionis custodes”

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Whereas, the Supreme Pontiff Francis has issued on July 16, 2021 an Apostolic Letter motu proprio On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970, Traditionis custodes;

Whereas, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published on December 4, 2021 several responsa ad dubia expressing the mind of the same Congregation in response to a number of questions concerning the provisions of Traditionis custodes;

Whereas, there exists in the Diocese of Jefferson City a community of the faithful attached to the celebration of the Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962;

Whereas, the regular celebration of the Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 has been ongoing at the parochial church of St. Brendan in Mexico, Missouri since December of 2018;

Whereas, I have undertaken a study of the norms of the motu proprio and the principles laid out in the responsa ad dubia to ensure their proper implementation, and consulted with the presbyteral council and the pastor of St. Brendan Parish (cf. canon 50);

Whereas, on February 28, 2022 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has granted a dispensation from art. 3 §2 of Traditionis custodes for the parochial church of St. Brendan in Mexico, Missouri (Prot. N. 101/22);

Therefore, I, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, by the grace of God and favor of the Apostolic See, Bishop of Jefferson City, do hereby decree the following:

  1. It is the exclusive competence of the Bishop of Jefferson City to authorize the use of the Missale Romanum of 1962 within the Diocese of Jefferson City (Traditionis custodes, art. 2).
  2. All priests, deacons, and instituted ministers must have received authorization from the Bishop of Jefferson City in order to assist in their capacity as ordained or instituted ministers in the celebration of the Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 within the Diocese of Jefferson City (Traditionis custodes, art. 5). For priests ordained after July 16, 2021, the bishop will need to consult the Holy See prior to granting such authorization (Traditionis custodes, art. 4). The use of this authorization will be subject to these norms and to the limits established by the bishop when such authorization is granted.
  3. In virtue of the dispensation from Traditionis custodes, art. 3 §2 granted by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. N. 101/22), celebrations of the Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 may continue regularly at the parochial church of St. Brendan in Mexico, Missouri. Such celebrations are not to occur regularly in other parochial churches (Traditionis custodes, art. 3 §2).
  4. There is no provision in the Diocese of Jefferson City for the celebration of the other sacraments according to the Rituale Romanum or Pontificale Romanum (cf. responsa ad dubia of the Congregation for Divine Worship). All other sacraments are to be celebrated using the liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, either in Latin or in the vernacular.
  5. When authorization is given to celebrate Mass using the Missale Romanum of 1962, the readings from Sacred Scripture at those Masses must be proclaimed in the vernacular, using the translation approved for liturgical use by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Traditionis custodes, art. 3 §3).
  6. On weekdays, priests who have been given the authorization to celebrate Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 are not permitted to make use of that authorization if they celebrate Mass a second time on the same day in accordance with the permission otherwise granted in the Faculties and Permissions for Priests of the Diocese of Jefferson City (c. 905 §2; cf. responsa ad dubia of the Congregation for Divine Worship).
  7. Priests who have received the authorization to celebrate Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 may make use of that authorization on Sundays. All celebrations of the Church’s liturgies on other Holy Days of Obligation, as well as on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are to use exclusively the liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, either in Latin or in the vernacular.

I order this decree to be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website. The provisions contained herein are effective immediately, and because the dispensation from the Congregation for Divine Worship referenced in no. 3 above has been granted for a period of two years, these provisions will need to be reviewed and updated after February 28, 2024.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City, Missouri on the 6th day of April, 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Decree updating diocesan religious compensation policy

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“As a consecration of the whole person, religious life manifests in the Church a wonderful marriage brought about by God, a sign of the future age. Thus the religious brings to perfection a total self-giving as a sacrifice offered to God, through which his or her whole existence becomes a continuous worship of God in charity.” Canon 607 § 1

In order to ensure the equitable remuneration of the religious who minister in the Diocese of Jefferson City and those who serve the diocese, it is necessary from time to time to adjust the Religious Compensation Policy. Having considered all the relevant factors, consulted the Presbyteral Council, and with the collaboration of the Finance Officer, I now wish to introduce this new Religious Compensation Policy. The policy shall take effect as of the 2022 – 2023 fiscal year which begins on 1 July 2022.

I therefore,

DECREE

that the updated Religious Compensation Policy shall be promulgated by being published on the Diocesan website, and that they will take effect on 1 July 2022, all things contrary notwithstanding. I furthermore order that a copy of the policy be sent to all concerned parties.

Given at the Chancery on the 1st day of April in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Official appointments

March 26, 2022 | Comments Off on Official appointments

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

REVEREND ERNEST DIKE, from modified temporary parochial administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery City, St. Patrick Parish in Jonesburg and Church of the Resurrection Parish in Wellsville, to parochial administrator of those same parishes without limitation, effective 26 March 2022.

REVEREND PAULINUS ANEKE, to temporary associate pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish, Columbia, effective 26 March 2022 until 30 June 2022.

DEACON RONALD E. DEIMEKE, from temporary parish life collaborator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery City, St. Patrick Parish in Jonesburg and Church of the Resurrection Parish in Wellsville, effective 26 March 2022, to regular diaconal ministry in the parishes of Montgomery County, until 30 June 2022.

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Decree Updating Diocesan Active Priest Vacation Policy and Priest Compensation Policy

February 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Decree Updating Diocesan Active Priest Vacation Policy and Priest Compensation Policy

“Since clerics dedicate themselves to ecclesiastical ministry, they deserve remuneration, which is consistent with their condition, taking into account the nature of their function and the conditions of places and times, and by which they can provide for the necessities of their life as well as for the equitable payment of those whose services they need.” Canon 281 §1

In order to ensure the equitable remuneration of the priests of the Diocese of Jefferson City and those who serve the diocese it is necessary from time to time to adjust the Priest Compensation Policy. Having considered all the relevant factors, consulted the Presbyteral Council, and with the collaboration of the Finance Officer I now wish to introduce this new Priest Compensation Policy. The Policy shall take effect as of the 2022 – 2023 fiscal year which begins on 1 July 2022.

Furthermore, in the interest of clarity, I also wish to introduce a revised Active Priest Vacation Policy. This vacation policy is consistent with the norms of canon 533 and was created in collaboration with the Director of Human Resources.

I therefore, 

DECREE

that updated Priest Compensation Policy and the Active Priest Vacation Policy shall be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website, and that they will take effect on 1 July 2022, all things contrary notwithstanding.

Given at the Chancery on the 25th day of February in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Decree Updating the Diocesan Safe Environment Policy

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As part of my ongoing responsibility to fulfill the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and in response to our ever-changing world, I recognize that from time to time the policies found in the Safe Environment Policy manual need to be updated. These updates are the work of the Diocesan Review Board together with the Bishop’s Cabinet and legal counsel. I believe these updates will sustain and strengthen the safe environment within the Church in the Diocese of Jefferson City.

I therefore

Decree

that the updated Safe Environment Policy shall be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website and that it will take effect one month from the date of this letter, all things to the contrary notwithstanding.

I reinforce the fact that these policies and regulations are particular law for our Diocese and therefore are obligatory for all employees, volunteers, religious brothers and sisters, priests, deacons, parents of Catholic school children, and Catholic institutions within our Diocese. Each policy and regulation developed at the local parish or organizational level must be consistent with these policies.

Given at the Chancery on the 23rd day of February in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Decree Updating Diocesan School Policy Manual

January 26, 2022 | Comments Off on Decree Updating Diocesan School Policy Manual

To the Presidents and Principals of our Catholic Schools,

As a part of my ongoing efforts to provide the best possible Catholic education for our students, and in response to our ever-changing world, several of the policies found in the Policy and Regulation Manual for Schools need to be updated. These updates are the work of the superintendent, the Diocesan School Advisory Council and the administrators of our schools. I believe these updates will further the mission of Catholic education in the DIocese of Jefferson City and provide for better governance of our schools.

I therefore

Decree

that the updated Schools Policy Manual shall be promulgated by being published on the diocesan website and that it will take effect one month from the date of this letter, all things to the contrary notwithstanding.

These policies and regulations are particular law for our diocese and therefore are obligatory for all who work with and attend Catholic schools. Additionally, the Policy Manual serves to assist the practice of co-responsibility between pastors, school advisory councils, administrators, teachers and parents in the development of local school policies and regulations. Each policy and regulation developed at the local school level must be consistent with these diocesan policies.

Given at the Chancery on the 26th day of January in the Year of Our Lord 2022.



Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mrs. Bernadette M. Adams
Vice Chancellor

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Official appointments

January 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Official appointments

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

REVEREND ERNEST DIKE, as the modified temporary Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery City, St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, and Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, effective Dec. 30, 2021.

DEACON RONALD E. DEIMEKE, as temporary Parish Life Collaborator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery City, St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, and Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, and to continue with ministry at Mission of St. John, Laddonia, St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg, and Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia, effective Dec. 30, 2021.

DEACON JAMES F. HANKINS, as temporary financial administrator of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, and to continue with ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, effective Jan. 14, 2022.

MRS. KIMBERLY LUEBBERT, Director of Music, Immaculate Conception Parish, Loose Creek, appointed to the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for a three-year term, effective Dec. 30, 2021.

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