Archive for January 2019

Ending the culture of clericalism

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Click here to see a video of Bishop McKnight and Chancery staff members leading a Rosary for healing and protection for people affected by sexual abuse. At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light…

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Fr. Tolton Catholic HS receives million-dollar gift

COLUMBIA — Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, announced Jan. 22, 2019, that an anonymous donor has given one million dollars to Fr. Tolton Catholic High School to assist in its debt relief. The donor’s intention is that the gift will inspire other friends of the school to support the school’s…

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Father Mark Porterfield placed on administrative leave

JEFFERSON CITY — The Diocese of Jefferson City has received an allegation of inappropriate behavior by Father Mark Porterfield, pastor of St. Martin Parish and judicial vicar for the diocese. While the allegation does not involve a minor, it does fall within the protocol of the diocese for clergy conduct and requires further consultation and investigation.…

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Part-time relief house parents

St. Nicholas Academy (SNA), a Federated Agency of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, is seeking a Catholic, married couple to be part-time relief parents.  SNA, a year-round boarding school in Jefferson City, MO, partners with families of lower income to provide quality education for boys.  The role of relief parents is the care…

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Fifteen points for a holy wedding

The engaged couple are to contact the priest and parish at least six months prior to their desired wedding date. Weddings during the regularly scheduled Sunday Masses are legitimate. This encourages greater participation in this sacrament by both the invited guests and the local community.  Regarding the selection of chants, no. 30 of the Introduction…

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