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Official appointments

November 11, 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:

PRIESTS

REVEREND WAYNE M. BOYER, acceptance of retirement from Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Owensville and St. Alexander Parish, Belle; effective 30 November 2022.

REVEREND DEREK J. HOOPER, from leave of absence to Associate Pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann, Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland, Immaculate Conception Parish, Owensville, and St. Alexander Parish, Belle; effective 21 November 2022.

Given at the Chancery this 10th day of November in the Year of our Lord 2022.

Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mr. Ben Roodhouse, JD, JCL
Chancellor

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Pope Francis appoints Helen Osman to serve as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication

September 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Pope Francis appoints Helen Osman to serve as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, is pleased to announce to our diocese that Helen Osman has been appointed by Pope Francis to a five-year term as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication. 

The dicastery, the first Vatican office to be led by a lay person, Paolo Ruffini, oversees all aspects of the communication efforts of the Vatican, including its radio, print, television and digital platforms, such as www.vatican.va and the Pope’s Twitter service, @pontifex. Osman, along with other consultants, will advise the Vatican on how to use modern communications to further the mission of the Church.

Helen Osman

“It’s a humbling honor,” Osman said. “While the Church is often challenged in our efforts on the ‘Digital Continent,’ to quote Pope Benedict, I believe we are also in a time of grace, as we find creative ways to use digital means to build community and encourage freedom of expression and freedom of religion throughout the world.” 

Through mid-September, Osman has directed the communications department at the Diocese of Jefferson City. She was appointed to the position by Bishop McKnight in 2018. She continues to closely advise the diocese and Bishop McKnight on communications and special projects.

“I am delighted that Helen’s commitment to the Church is being utilized by the Dicastery for Communication, with her professional expertise and wide range of experience in Church communications,” said Bishop McKnight. “Helen is both a leader in our chancery as well as an internationally recognized advisor on Catholic communications. I trust her insights will help expand the voice of our Church, strengthen our global communion and lead to a growing faith in God.”

Osman was raised in the Diocese of Jefferson City and currently resides in Austin, Texas. She served as the communications director for the Diocese of Austin for more than two decades before she was named the chief communications officer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and later led communications for the Diocese of Jefferson City. In September, she was elected to a second term as president of SIGNIS, the only global association of Catholic communicators with canonical statutes.

“On behalf of the Diocese of Jefferson City, I congratulate Helen on this appointment,” said Bishop McKnight. “I ask all to please join me in prayer as she begins this important new role and continues her service to our diocese.”

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Official appointments

August 18, 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:

PRIESTS

REVEREND THOMAS L. ALBER from associate pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico and ministry to the Hispanic community of St. Joseph Parish, Louisiana; to associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City and to provide ministry to the Hispanic community of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Ozark, effective 10 Sept. 2022, with continuing ministry to the Hispanic community of Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia.

REVEREND DEREK J. HOOPER, granted temporary leave of absence from associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Columbia and assistant master of ceremonies for the bishop, effective 2 Aug. 2022.

REVEREND SIMON JUDE KANYIKE, to associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia, effective 13 Sept. 2022.

REVEREND JASON T. DOKE, to chairman of the Diocesan Building Commission, effective 19 July 2022, and continuing as pastor of St. Martin Parish, St. Martin and moderator of the curia.

DEACONS

DEACON ROBERT A. LEAKE, granted permission to reside outside of the Diocese of Jefferson City, effective 18 Aug. 2022.

DEACON TYLER S. MCCLAY, granted permission to reside outside of the Diocese of Jefferson City, effective 30 June 2022.

DEACON RICHARD P. TELTHORST, granted permission to serve as assistant chaplain for the Jefferson City Fire Department, effective 17 Aug. 2022, and continuing as director of Catholic cemeteries and Nursing Home Ministry, Jefferson City.

Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD
Bishop of Jefferson City

Mr. Ben Roodhouse, JD, JCL
Chancellor

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Official appointment

July 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Official appointment

Very Reverend Daniel J. Merz, SLD, vicar for the permanent diaconate , hereby makes the following appointment to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:

Deacon John Watkins, formerly serving Holy Family Parish in Hannibal and St. Joseph Parish in Palmyra, to Holy Rosary Parish in Monroe City and St. Stephen Parish in Indian Creek, effective 1 July 2022.

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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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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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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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Official appointments

November 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Official appointments

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

September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Official appointments

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

September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Diocesan Commission 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality

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.



Official appointment

Msgr. Marion Makarewicz as dean of the North Deanery, effective June 7, 2022.

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