Diocese of Jefferson City contributes to earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria

On behalf of all Catholics in our region, the Diocese of Jefferson City is sending $10,000 to the Earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria. 

“The Diocese of Jefferson City offers our prayers for everyone impacted. We ask God to send his help and comfort as the people of Turkey and Syria work to recover from this tragedy,” said the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City. “As we offer our prayers, we also send this gift of financial support, which comes from all Catholics in our diocese through our work to live out a spirituality of stewardship. We have a commitment to help all those in need, and we hope our sacrifice can make a positive impact in Turkey and Syria as recovery efforts continue.”

Catholics who wish to send additional individual contributions are encouraged to donate to Catholic Relief Services or the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.


Led by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, the Diocese of Jefferson City is home to more than 90 Catholic parishes, serving 75,000 Catholics in 38 counties in central and northeastern Missouri. Learn more at