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Official Decree of Appointments

May 13, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Decree of 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:

PRIESTS

  • REVEREND MONSIGNOR GREGORY L. HIGLEY, from Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia to Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Rolla, and as Dean of the Southeast Deanery, effective 1 July 2024.
  • VERY REVEREND DANIEL J. MERZ, SLD, to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia, effective 1 July 2024, to continue as Pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbia, Vicar for Deacons, and Chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. 
  • REVEREND JOSEPH A. ABAH, Ph.D., from St. Peter Parish, Fulton and St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, Mokane to ministry outside the Diocese of Jefferson City, effective 1 July 2024.  
  • REVEREND CHRISTOPHER M. AUBUCHON, from Parochial Administrator of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth to Pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth, effective 1 July 2024, to continue as Parochial Administrator of St. Anthony Parish, St. Anthony. 
  • REVEREND ALEXIUS EKKA, from Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Mary’s Home and Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon, pending further ministerial assignment, effective 1 July 2024.
  • REVEREND ALEXANDER GABRIEL, from Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph, Palmyra to Pastor of St. Peter, Fulton and Parochial Administrator of St. Jude Thaddeus, Mokane, effective 1 July 2024.
  • REVEREND PASCHAL C. IHEDIOHAMMA, from Sacramental Minister of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield to Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield, effective 1 July 2024, and to continue as Parochial Administrator of St. Bonaventure Parish, Marceline, St. Raphael Parish, Indian Grove, and the Mission of St. Joseph, Hurricane Branch.
  • REVEREND SIMON JUDE KANYIKE, from Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia to Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of Snows Parish, Mary’s Home and Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon, with residence at Our Lady of the Snows, Mary’s Home, effective 1 July 2024. 
  • REVEREND WALTER KISPOTTA, from temporary Sacramental Ministry at St. Mary, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville, to Hospital and Nursing Home Ministry in Columbia, with residence at Our Lady of Lourdes, effective 1 July 2024. 
  • VERY REVEREND GREGORY C. MEYSTRIK, from St. Patrick Parish, Rolla to Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, and acceptance of resignation as Dean of Southeast Deanery, effective 1 July 2024.
  • REVEREND IGNITIUS NIMWESIGA, from Full-Time Chaplain of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, Columbia, to Part-Time Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia and Part-Time Chaplain of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, Columbia, with residence at Sacred Heart Parish, effective 1 July 2024. 
  • REVEREND GREIVIN RODRIGUEZ, to Parochial Administrator of St. Mary Parish, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville, with residence at St. Mary Parish, Milan, effective 1 July 2024. 

DEACONS

  • DEACON JOHN D. WEAVER, from Parish Life Collaborator of St. Mary Parish, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville to diaconal ministry at St. Mary Parish, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville, effective 1 July 2024. 

RELIGIOUS

  • SISTER MARY ROST, SSND, from Parish Life Collaborator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield to Pastoral Associate of Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield, effective 1 July 2024.  

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 10th day of May in the Year of Our Lord 2024.

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Official Appointments

May 6, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Appointments

I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, Bishop of Jefferson City, has recently made the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

PRIESTS

  • VERY REVEREND CHRISTOPHER L. CORDES, appointed to the Helias Catholic High School Board of Directors for a term of two years, effective 3 May 2024.
  • VERY REVEREND ROBERTO M. IKE, PhD, appointed to the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School Board of Directors for a term of two years, effective 30 April 2024.

SISTERS

  • SR. RUTH ANN KLAUSER, SSND, of Mary Immaculate Parish in Kirksville, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as the Consecrated Religious representative for a term of three years, effective 1 May 2024.

LAITY

  • MR. JUSTIN FRANCKA, of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as the Newman Center representative for a term of two years, effective 4 May 2024.
  • MRS. RUTH HUGHES, of Immaculate Conception Parish in Macon, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the North Deanery for a term of three years, effective 1 July 2024.
  • MR. CRAIG HUSTING, appointed as a board member of the Preservation Fund of St. Joseph Cathedral for a term of three years, effective 21 March 2024.
  • MRS. ELIZABETH JAMES, of St. Martin Parish in St. Martins, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the See City Deanery for a term of three years, effective 1 July 2024.
  • MR. KENT KORTHAS, of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Pettis County, reappointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the Southwest Deanery for an additional term of three years, effective 1 May 2024.
  • MR. RUSSELL KREMER, of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Frankenstein, reappointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the Southeast Deanery for an additional term of one year, effective 30 April 2024.
  • MR. LUKE PRENGER, appointed as a board member of the Preservation Fund of St. Joseph Cathedral for a term of three years, effective 21 March 2024.
  • MR. JONATHAN PUND, of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson City, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the See City Deanery for a term of three years, effective 30 April 2024.
  • MRS. SHERI STORMER, of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Vienna, reappointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the Southeast Deanery for an additional term of one year, effective 30 April 2024.
  • MRS. KELLY WHEELER, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia, reappointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as a representative of the Central Deanery for an additional term of three years, effective 30 April 2024.

From the Office of the Chancellor,
Mr. Benjamin Roodhouse, JD, JCL
Chancellor

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Official Appointments

March 11, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Appointments

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, Bishop of Jefferson City, has recently made the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

PRIESTS

  • VERY REVEREND CHRISTOPHER L. CORDES, appointed as a Trustee of the Priests’ Mutual Benefit Society for a three-year term, effective 13 February 2024. 

DEACONS

  • DEACON ENRIQUE CASTRO, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a term of three years, effective 1 July 2024.

LAITY

  • MRS. CRISTHIA CASTRO-GUZMAN, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a term of three years, effective 1 July 2024. 
  • MRS. SARAH ROBINSON, reappointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a term of three years, effective 24 February 2024.
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February 5, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Appointments

Chancellor Benjamin Roodhouse, JD, JCL, has announced that the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, Bishop of Jefferson City, has recently made the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

PRIESTS

  • REVEREND MONSIGNOR GREGORY L. HIGLEY, appointed to the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School Board of Directors for a term of two years, effective January 25, 2024. 
  • VERY REVEREND CHRISTOPHER L. CORDES, Vicar for Clergy, appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a term of three years, effective January 17, 2024. 
  • REVEREND SIMEON A. ETONU, JCL, appointed to the office of Judge for the Matrimonial Tribunal for a term of five years, effective January 25, 2024.

LAITY

  • MR. KEVIN DEHAAN, of St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra, appointed as a North Deanery Representative of the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a term of three years, effective January 16, 2024. 
  • MR. JIM GERKE, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MRS. CHERYL HERTFELDER, Executive Director of Human Resources, appointed to the Priests’ Mutual Benefit Society Board for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MR. JERRY KING, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MR. ANDREW MEAGHER, of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, appointed to the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for a term of three years, effective December 11, 2023.
  • MR. CHRIS MUELLER, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MR. JAMES REINERT, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MR. MIKE SHEPHERD, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MR. GARY SLATER, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
  • MRS. MICHELLE TRUESDALE, appointed to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 12, 2024.
  • MR. TOM VINCENT, appointed to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church Board of Directors for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
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Official Decree of Appointments

January 8, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Decree of 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:

DEACONS

  • DEACON MICHAEL S. BROOKS, to Temporary Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Rolla, at the request ofthe Pastor, effective immediately; continuing diaconal ministry at St. Aloysius, Argyle, Holy Angels Parish, Brinktown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 3rd day of January in the Year of our Lord 2024.

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Official Decree of Appointments

January 1, 2024 | Comments Off on Official Decree of 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:

Priests

  • REVEREND ANTHONY N. ONYEIHE, from associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City to parochial administrator of Holy Cross Parish, Cuba, St. Francis Caracciolo Parish, Bourbon, and St. Michael Parish, Steelville, effective 5 January 2024. Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 23rd day of December in the Year of our Lord 2023.

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Decree of appointments

December 11, 2023 | Comments Off on Decree of 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:

PRIESTS

  • VERY REVEREND CHRISTOPHER L. CORDES, from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia to Pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Holts Summit, effective 22 January 2024 and continuing as Vicar for Priests. 
  • VERY REVEREND ROBERTO M. IKE, Ph.D., returning from leave of absence for sabbatical with Lincoln University, to Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia and continuing as Dean of Missionary Priests, effective 22 January 2024.
  • REVEREND ALEJANDRO (CESAR) ANICAMA, from Associate Pastor of Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville and sacramental ministry at St. Mary Parish, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville to temporary medical leave of absence, effective immediately. 
  • REVEREND SIMEON A. ETONU, from temporary Parochial Administrator of St. Andrew Parish, Holts Summit to full-time service at the Tribunal with residence at St. Michael Rectory, Russellville and priest-coverage as assigned by the Vicar for Priests, effective 22 January 2024.
  • REVEREND WALTER KISPOTTA, from priest-coverage as assigned by the Vicar for Priests with residence at St. Joseph Rectory, Pilot Grove to temporary sacramental ministry at St. Mary Parish Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville with residence at St. Joseph Rectory, Edina, effective immediately. 

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 1st day of December in the Year of our Lord 2023.

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December 11, 2023 | Comments Off on Official Appointments

I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, has recently made the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

LAITY

MR. ERICK CHINCHILLA, Pastoral Ministry Assistant, appointed as Executive Secretary of Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective December 5, 2023.

MR. MIKE KELLY, re-appointed as a Trustee of the Diocese of Jefferson City Fund for a term of three years, effective November 28, 2023.

MRS. PATRICIA LUTZ, Director of Stewardship, appointed as Chair of the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective December 5, 2023.

MS. BARBARA REICHART, re-appointed as a Trustee of the Diocese of Jefferson City Fund for a term of two years, effective November 28, 2023.

MS. ARLENE VOGEL, re-appointed as a Trustee of the Diocese of Jefferson City Fund for a term of one year, effective November 28, 2023.

From the Office of the Chancellor,

Mr. Benjamin Roodhouse, JD, JCL
Chancellor

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Decree of Appointments

October 16, 2023 | Comments Off on Decree of 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:

PRIESTS

  • REVEREND STEPHEN W. JONES, from Director of Stewardship to pastor of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, Jefferson City and to Moderator of the Stewardship Office, effective 13 November 2023.
  • REVEREND LOUIS M. NELEN, from the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, Jefferson City to pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, effective 13 November 2023 and continuing on the Diocesan Building Comission.
  • REVEREND JOBY P. THOMAS, gratefully acknowledging his service to the Diocese of Jefferson City, and recognizing that he has been asked to return to his home diocese by Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt, will conclude his parochial care of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, effective 12 November 2023.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 6th day of October in the Year of our Lord 2023.

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Decree of Appointments

September 11, 2023 | Comments Off on Decree of 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:

PRIESTS

  • REVEREND MONSIGNOR GREGORY L. HIGLEY, acknowledging with gratitude the completion of his term of office as Judicial Vicar upon the expiration of the dispensation granted by the Apostolic Signatura as of 6 October 2023, continuing as Judge in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Jefferson City and Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia.
  • VERY REVEREND ROBERTO M. IKE, PhD, granting his request for a sabbatical with Lincoln University and a leave of absence from all diocesan service, effective 9 October 2023 and until January 2024, at which time he will resume his duties as Dean of Mission Priests and receive a new parish assignment.
  • REVEREND CESAR ANICAMA, from Associate Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County, to Associate Pastor of Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville, with sacramental ministry at St. Mary Parish, Milan and the Mission of St. Mary, Unionville, effective 16 October 2023.
  • REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, JCL, from Adjutant Judicial Vicar to Judicial Vicar for a term of 3 years, effective 7 October 2023; and from Associate Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City to Associate Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County, continuing as the Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies, effective 16 October 2023.
  • REVEREND SIMEON A. ETONU, to temporary Parochial Administrator of St. Andrew Parish, Holts Summit, continuing as Advocate in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Jefferson City, effective 9 October 2023.

Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City this 7th day of September in the Year of our Lord 2023.

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