Appointments

Official appointments

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


REVEREND ERNEST DIKE, in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia, and to assist with coverage for priests, effective 15 December 2021

REVEREND WILLIAM L. KORTE, from Parochial Administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony and to continue as Pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth, effective 4 November, 2021.

REVEREND IGNITIUS NIMWESIGA, to Parochial Administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony, and to continue as Assistant Pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, part-time Chaplain at Helias Catholic High School, and as an intern in the Catholic Schools Office at the Chancery, effective 5 November, 2021.

DEACON KENT D. BOETTGER, has departed the Diocese of Jefferson City and consequently all faculties, permissions and ministries granted have ceased, effective from 27 September, 2021.

DEACON L. MICHAEL LONG, to medical early retirement, continuing with faculties for service under the direction of his pastor, effective from 27 September, 2021.

Given at the Chancery this 5th day of November 2021.

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Official appointments

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REVEREND MONSIGNOR ROBERT A. KURWICKI, Vicar General and Pastor of St. Michael Parish, Russellville, to medical leave, effective 15 September 2021.

DEACON ALVIN J. BRAND to parochial ministry at St. Michael Parish, Russellville to assist the pastor during his medical leave, effective 15 September 2021.  Deacon Brand’s ministry at the Cathedral of St. Joseph is suspended until the pastor’s return to regular ministry. 

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Diocesan Commission 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality

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Diocesan Commission for the Diocesan Phase of the 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality
I hereby establish for the Diocese of Jefferson City the Commission for the Diocesan Phase of the 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality, which will be responsible for recommending a process of consultation to the Diocesan Bishop, for implementing the process as determined by him, and for drafting the diocesan report for submission to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in April 2022.

The following persons are appointed, effective immediately, to the Commission for the Diocesan Phase of the 2023 Synod of Bishops:

  • Mrs. Helen Osman, Director of Communications and Chair of the Commission
  • Deacon Enrique Castro, Executive Director of the Faith Formation Department
  • The Very Reverend Jason T. Doke, Moderator of the Curia
  • Mrs. LeAnn Korsmeyer, Director of Parish and Charitable Services
  • Mr. Benjamin Roodhouse, Director of Canonical Services
  • Sr. Kathleen Wegman, SSND, Bishop’s Delegate for Religious

This commission will collaborate with the Diocesan Contact Person, Mrs. Helen Osman, in the preparation and execution of the diocesan phase of the synodal consultation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops. After reviewing the vademecum issued by the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops, I have determined that all of these commission members possess the required qualities and abilities.


Given at the Chancery of the Diocese of Jefferson City on this 15th day of September, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, of the Year of St. Joseph in the Year of our Lord 2021.



Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City

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Official appointments

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

REVEREND DYLAN SCHRADER, PhD to Latinist and Censor Librorum, with continuing ministry as pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico, and moderator of religious education, effective 1 Sept. 2021.

BENJAMIN ROODHOUSE, JD, JCL to advocate in the Marriage Tribunal and director of Canonical Services at the Chancery, effective 1 Sept. 2021.

DEACON RICHARD P. TELTHORST to director of Catholic Cemeteries, and to continue with nursing home ministry in Jefferson City, effective 1 Sept. 2021.

REVEREND PAUL M. HARTLEY, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City; St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg and Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, to medical leave from 31 July 2021 until 24 Sept. 2021.

DEACON RONALD E. DEIMEKE to parochial ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City; St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg and Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, to assist the pastor during his medical leave, effective from 31 July 2021 until 24 Sept. 2021. During this period, Deacon Deimeke’s ministry at St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg; Mission of St. John, Laddonia and Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia is suspended. 

DEACON CHET L. ZUCK to parochial ministry at Our Lady of Snows Parish, Mary’s Home, and to continue with ministry at Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon, effective 1 Sept. 2021.

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Official appointments

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

DEACON FRANCIS X. RUGGIERO, from assisting the Pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia, to retirement, effective from 11 June 2021.

REVEREND IGNITIUS NIMWESIGA, to Assistant Pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, part-time Chaplain at Helias Catholic High School, and as an intern in the Catholic Schools Office at the Chancery, effective 8 July 2021.

DEACON JAMES T. BRETT, relieved from ministry duties at the Mission of St. Joseph, Hurricane Branch and St. Raphael Parish, Indian Grove, and to continue duties at St. Boniface Parish, Brunswick, effective from 1 July 2021.

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Two longtime Catholic educators to lead Helias Catholic High School

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John Knight, with 32 years’ experience in Catholic education, to become president
Spencer Allen, principal of Cathedral school, tapped as principal of Helias

JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent, announced today the appointment of John Knight as president and Spencer Allen as principal of Helias Catholic High School, effective July 1.

The two men will take the helm of the largest secondary school in the diocese’s system. “Their experience, gifts and expertise will ensure that Helias Catholic has the right leadership to build on its tremendous legacy and fulfill its mission to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ,” Bishop McKnight said.

John Knight, who was in formation with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at one time and with more than three decades of experience in Catholic education, has successfully served as president since 2007 in four religious and diocesan high schools in California, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Toledo (Ohio), a master’s in religious education from Loyola University in Chicago and a post graduate degree as an education specialist from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

“I am blessed to be called to serve the Helias Catholic community as its next president,” Knight said. “Helias Catholic’s mission statement speaks to my soul: There is no greater calling than to accompany young people on their faith journey. I am very grateful to Bishop McKnight, Superintendent Vader, and all involved in the selection process for their prayers and support as I join the diocesan family.”

John Knight, president Helias Catholic

Spencer Allen has been principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School since 2007. He has served in various leadership positions in the diocese during that time, including as chair of the Diocesan School Advisory Council, as a member of self-study visitation teams, and as coordinator of numerous professional development sessions. He holds a bachelor’s in education and advanced degrees, including an education specialist, in educational administration and leadership from Lincoln University.

Spencer Allen, principal Helias Catholic

“It is a blessing and honor to enter this journey of partnership with our Helias Catholic parents,” Allen said. “Together with the amazing staff, we have some exciting years ahead of us, cultivating God’s gift of Catholic education and returning it to him by sending saints and scholars out to transform the world. As hard as it is to bring this chapter at St. Joseph Cathedral to a close, the momentum of positive energy remains strong among this dedicated team of educators and parents. With that peace of mind, I can look forward to pouring myself into the remarkable program at Helias Catholic.”

“We will benefit from the proven records of both Mr. Knight and Mr. Allen as Helias continues to strengthen its standards of excellence and Catholic identity,” Dr. Vader said. “I look forward to working with both of them.”

Partners in Mission, a search firm which specializes in placement for Catholic organizations, worked with two committees in the selection process. The President Search Committee included members of the Helias board of directors – board chair Msgr. Robert Kurwicki, board vice-chair Mary Winter, Father Don Antweiler, Father Michael Penn, Craig Husting and Dr. Erin Vader, superintendent – and Jeremy Winegar, Helias Advisory Council representative; Cheryl Hertfelder, diocesan Human Resources director; Ron Vossen, Helias faculty representative and Dr. Daniel Everett, president of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School.

Principal Search Committee members included Kim Radmacher and Mike Winter, Helias Advisory Council members; Mary Winter, Helias board of directors representative; Kathy Jarman, Helias faculty representative; Father Jeremy Secrist; Dr. Erin Vader, superintendent; Cheryl Hertfelder, diocesan Human Resources director; Gayle Trachsel, principal of St. Peter Interparish School and Heather Schrimpf, principal of Immaculate Conception School.

Helias Catholic High School, named after the Jesuit missionary Father Ferdinand Helias, opened in September 1956. Today more than 700 students benefit from its disciplined educational environment where Christ and His graces in each person are recognized, respected and fostered. The school is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, which includes 38 counties in northeastern and central Missouri and is led by Bishop McKnight.

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Official appointments

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

RETIREMENTS

REVEREND JOHN W. GRONER, acceptance of resignation from Pastor of St. Jude Parish, Richland and St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Robert, to retirement at his personal residence, effective June 30, 2021.

REVEREND JOSEPH HOI, acceptance of resignation from Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Dixon and St. Cornelius Parish, Crocker, to medical retirement at his personal residence, effective June 30, 2021.

DEACON FRED F. SCHMITZ, acceptance of resignation from Parish Life Collaborator at St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend, to retirement effective from December 31, 2020.


DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS

DEANS

VERY REVEREND JOSEPH S. COREL, VF as Dean of the new Southwest Deanery for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

VERY REVEREND MATTHEW J. FLATLEY, VF as Dean of the new North Deanery for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

VERY REVEREND GREGORY C. MEYSTRIK, VF as Dean of the new Southeast Deanery for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

VERY REVEREND LOUIS M. NELEN, VF as Dean of the new See City Deanery for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

VERY REVEREND P. GREGORY OLIGSCHLAEGER, VF as Dean of the new Central Deanery for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

Marriage Tribunal

REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, upon completion of studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, as Assessor in the Marriage Tribunal, effective June 1, 2021.

Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies

REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, as Assistant Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop, effective June 1, 2021.

REVEREND MR. DEREK J. HOOPER, as Assistant Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop, effective immediately.

Diocesan Pastoral Council

The following are appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a three-year term:

SISTER MARY ESSNER, SSND, Holy Family Parish, Hannibal, North Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MS. BARBARA GARVEY, Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield, North Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MR. KENT KORTAS, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Sedalia, Southwest Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MR. RUSSELL KREMER, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Frankenstein, Southeast Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MR. RICK NICHOLS, St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, Central Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MR. EARL PABST, St. Andrew Parish, Holt Summit, See City Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MRS. LISA REINKEMEYER, St. Andrew Parish, Tipton, Southwest Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MS. SARAH ROBINSON, St. Clement Parish, St. Clement, Central Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND JEREMY A. SECRIST, Diocesan Priests Representative, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON JOHN SCHWARTZE, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City, See City Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MRS. CAROL SCHWARTZE, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City, See City Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

MRS. SHERI STOMER, Visitation Parish, Vienna, Southeast Deanery, effective July 1, 2021.

The following are appointed to the Diocesan Pastoral Council as Newman Center representatives for a two-year term:

MS. MICHELLE E. WOODLEY, Rolla Newman Center, effective July 1, 2021.

MS. MEGAN BARNES, Kirksville Newman Center, effective July 1, 2021.


PASTORS / ADMINISTRATORS

REVEREND MONSIGNOR DAVID D. COX, from Pastor of Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville, the Kirksville Newman Center, and the Mission of St. Rose of Lima, Novinger; to Pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish, Wardsville, and St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND FRANCIS W. DOYLE, from Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia; to Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Marshall, St. Joseph Parish, Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND ALEXIUS EKKA, from Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Warsaw, the Mission of SS. Peter and Paul, Cole Camp, and sacramental ministry at St. Bernadette Parish, Hermitage; to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish, Mary’s Home, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND PAUL M. HARTLEY, to Pastor of Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, and to continue as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City and St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND MONSIGNOR GREGORY L. HIGLEY, from Pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann, Church of the Risen Savior Parish, Rhineland, and Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Martin Chapel, Starkenburg; to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Columbia, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND PHILIP M. KANE, from Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Pilot Grove, with St. John the Baptist Chapel, Clear Creek, and St. Joseph Chapel, Clifton City; to Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg, the Mission of St. John, Laddonia, and Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND WILLIAM L. KORTE, from Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville; to Pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth, and Administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND MONSIGNOR MARION J. MAKAREWICZ, from Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark; to Pastor of Mary Immaculate Parish, Kirksville, the Kirksville Newman Center, and the Mission of St. Rose of Lima, Novinger, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND IGNAZIO C. MEDINA, from Pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish, Wardsville, and St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend; to Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND MICHAEL P. MURPHY, from Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Salisbury and St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Wien; to Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Dixon, St. Cornelius Parish, Crocker, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Robert, and St. Jude Parish, Richland, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND PHILIP E. NIEKAMP, from Pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly; to Pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann, Church of the Risen Savior Parish, Rhineland, and as Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Martin Chapel, Starkenburg, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND BENJAMIN E. NWOSU, from Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Macon, the Mission of Sacred Heart, Bevier, St. Mary Parish, Shelbina, and St. Patrick Parish, Clarence; to Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Warsaw, St. Bernadette Parish, Hermitage, and the Mission of SS. Peter and Paul, Cole Camp, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND BONIFACE K. NZABONIMPA, from Administrator of the Mission of St. Joseph, Hurricane Branch, and St. Raphael Parish, Indian Grove; to Pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Brunswick, St. Joseph Parish, Salisbury, and St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Wien, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND AUGUSTINE A. OKOLI, from Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg and Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville; to service in the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND R. WILLIAM PECKMAN, from Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville; to Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Macon, the Mission of Sacred Heart, Bevier, St. Mary Parish, Shelbina, and St. Patrick Parish, Clarence, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND MARK S. SMITH, JCL, from Administrator of St. Peter Parish, Marshall, St. Joseph Parish, Slater, and the Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs; to Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville, and St. Joseph Parish, Pilot Grove, with St. John the Baptist Chapel, Clear Creek, and St. Joseph Chapel, Clifton City, effective July 1, 2021. 

REVEREND BASIL TIGGA, from Administrator to Pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna, and to continue as Administrator of Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND JOBY P. THOMAS, from Administrator of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony; to Pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND HENRY USSHER, from Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia and the Mission of St. John, Laddonia; to Pastor of St. Clement Parish, St. Clement, St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND KELECHI M. UZUEGBU, to Pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish, Marceline, and as Administrator of the Mission of St. Joseph, Hurricane Branch, and St. Raphael Parish, Indian Grove, and to continue as sacramental minister at Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookfield, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND CALLISTUS C. OKOROJI, from Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish, Mary’s Home, effective June 30, 2021; to Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Canton and Queen of Peace Parish, Ewing, effective August 15, 2021.


ASSOCIATE PASTORS

REVEREND BENEDICT F. CHAGULA, from Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City; to service in the Diocese of Geita, Tanzania effective February 5, 2021.

REVEREND PASCHAL C. IHEDIOHAMMA, to Associate Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City, effective May 12, 2021.

REVEREND ANTHONY N. ONYEIHE, to Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City, effective May 12, 2021.

REVEREND BRAD T. BERHORST, to Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia, effective June 1, 2021.

REVEREND THOMAS L. ALBER, from Associate Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Marshall, the Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs, and St. Joseph Parish, Slater; to Senior Associate Pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico, and to Hispanic Ministry in Audrain, Boone, and Pike Counties, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND CHRISTOPHER M. AUBUCHON, from medial leave to Associate Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Marshall, the Mission of Holy Family, Sweet Springs, and St. Joseph Parish, Slater, effective July 1, 2021.

REVEREND MR. DEREK J. HOOPER, after ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, to Associate Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Boonville, St. Joseph Parish, Pilot Grove, with St. John the Baptist Chapel, Clear Creek and St. Joseph Chapel, Clifton City, effective July 1, 2021.


DEACONS

DEACON RONALD E. DEIMEKE, from ministry duties at Church of the Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, to assist the Pastor at the Mission of St. John, Laddonia and Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia, and to continue with ministry at St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON MARK J. DOBELMANN, from ministry duties at the Mission of St. John, Laddonia and Sacred Heart Parish, Vandalia, to assist the Pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and to continue with ministry at St. Clement Parish, St. Clement, and to continue with Prison Ministry, effective July 1, 2021. 

DEACON TROY K. EGBERT, from ministry duties at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and to continue with ministry at Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON CHAD R. LEWIS, from ministry duties at St. Patrick Parish, Rolla, and to continue ministry at Holy Cross Parish, Cuba, St. Francis Caracciolo Parish, Bourbon, and St. Michael Parish, Steelville, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON LARRY G. HILDEBRAND, from ministry duties at Immaculate Conception Parish, Loose Creek, and St. Louis of France Parish, Bonnots Mill, to assist the Pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish, Wardsville, and St. Margaret of Antioch Parish, Osage Bend, and to continue with ministry at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON WAYNE W. KORTE, from ministry duties at Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City, to assist the Pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana, the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and St. Clement Parish, St. Clement, effective July 1, 2021. 

DEACON ROBERT A. LEAKE, from ministry duties at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and to continue with ministry at Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON LUKE G. MAHSMAN, from ministry duties at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and to continue with ministry at Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON STEPHEN H. SCHWARTZE, from ministry duties at St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna, to assist the Pastor at St. Lawrence Parish, St. Elizabeth and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, St. Anthony, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON JOHN L. WATKINS, from ministry duties at St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana and the Mission of Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville, and to continue with ministry at Holy Family Parish, Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish, Palmyra, effective July 1, 2021.

DEACON DANA JOYCE, to serve as Personal Secretary to Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, with continuing ministry at Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, effective from April 19, 2021.

DEACON ALAN SIMS, acceptance of resignation from Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, and as Director of Catholic Cemeteries, effective from January 1, 2021.

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

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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

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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

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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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