News

17 April, 2023

 Purvis, Schepers, Sr. Walker given papal awards at Chrism Mass

In the latest issue of our diocesan newspaper, Editor Jay Nies writes about three leaders in our diocese who have earned papal awards. The awards were presented during the recent Chrism Mass.

Nies writes:

On the Pope’s behalf, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight presented Sister Suzanne Walker of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, N.Y., with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (“Cross for the Church and Pontiff”); and Connie Schepers and Deacon Ray Purvis, each with a Benemerenti Medal.

Read the story here. You can also read the full April 14 issue of the Catholic Missourian at this link.


 Licensing for livestreaming or reprinting worship music

ONE LICENSE provides permissions for parishes to reprint worship music for congregations or livestream music over the Internet. Currently, around 40 parishes from our diocese participate in a a group agreement, allowing us to collectively save nearly $4,000 in the past year.

As our annual agreement with ONE LICENSE is about to renew, we are welcoming any new parishes who want to join in our group agreement, which provides a 20 percent discount.

If your parish does not currently participate in the group agreement and would like more information, please contact Jacob Luecke BEFORE April 25, so you can be included in the new group licensing agreement.


Sixth Grade Vocation Day

Registration is open for the annual Sixth Grade Vocation Day and will be hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School in Columbia on Wednesday, May 3. Registration information and more details are available at www.diojeffcity.org/sixth-gradeThe registration deadline is April 19. Please contact our Vocations Office with any questions at (573) 635-9127 ext. 262 or email followme@diojeffcity.org


Attention All Priests, PLCs, Deacons and Lay Certified Marriage Preparation Facilitators

What: Practicum & Follow-Up Workshop on Prepare/Enrich (P/E) Couple Assessment Facilitation

When: Three options: June 30, 1pm-5pm; July 1, 8am-12pm; July 1, 1pm-5pm(español) 

Where: Chancery Offices in Jefferson City & via zoom

Details: Although not mandatory, clergy and lay certified MPFs are highly encouraged to attend one of the half-a-day practicum & refresher workshops. 

Trainer: Teresita Johnson, from Prepare/Enrich

RegistrationClick here to register. 


Spring storms: Please be vigilant in checking for property damage

Strong spring storms have impacted our diocese in recent weeks. In the wake of these storms, please continue to inspect all church and school property for damage.

If you discover damage, please contact both the diocese and our insurer:


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Help us promote the upcoming events celebrating the rededication of our Cathedral of St. Joseph. There are ways that everyone in our diocese can join in this historic event — and we want your parish to be a part of this occasion.

We will be providing livestream links to watch a vespers prayer service on May 4 as well as the Rite of Rededication on May 5. Watch for more information about the livestream links coming soon.

In addition, we are hosting the free CathedralGLOW event on May 4 for youth, families and young adults.

Also, everyone is invited to come experience the newly renovated Cathedral during an open house planned for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.

Our promotional toolkit includes graphics to help your parish get the word out about these events. Click here to access the toolkit.


New flyer: Spring into Summer Pilgrimage

UPDATED FLYER announcing our speaker Patty Schneier! Help share information about our upcoming Women’s Ministry pilgrimage on June 10th. Sign up now!


Help promote our summer camps

Please help us spread the word that Summer Camp registration is now open. Click here to download flyers you can use to promote our summer camps in your parish.

For More information on Diocesan Summer Camps and to register click here: https://diojeffcity.org/youth-camps/

For Camps to be a success we need help from others:

For High Schoolers interested in Volunteering:

https://diojeffcity.org/camp-lolek-high-school-volunteers/

For Parishioners and Parents interested in Volunteering:
https://diojeffcity.org/adult-summer-camp-volunteers/


Quinceañera retreat information now available

Please post the following announcement for available Quineceañera retreats and post the graphics at the “Download Graphic” button below:
The 2023 Quinceanera Retreats are now available in the following parishes.  Please contact your parish Quinceanera Team or Deacon Castro at ecastro@diojeffcity.org or 573-680-3650 for more information.

Por favor publiquen el siguiente gráfico y anuncio de los retiros de Quinceañera disponibles:

Los Retiros de Quinceañeras 2023 ya están disponibles en las siguientes parroquias. Comuníquese con el Equipo de Quinceañeras de su parroquia o con el Diácono Enrique Castro a ecastro@diojeffcity.org o al 573-680-3650 para obtener más información.

For more information about celebrating your Quinceañera at a parish in the Diocese of Jefferson City, please visit  https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/preparacion-de-quinceaneras/ and/or download the following brochure.  Soon the Hispanic Ministry office will be mailing these brochures to parishes as well.

Para más información sobre cómo celebrar su Quinceañera en una parroquia de la Diócesis de Jefferson City, visite https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/preparacion-de-quinceaneras/ y/o descargue el siguiente folleto. Pronto, la oficina del Ministerio Hispano también enviará estos folletos a las parroquias.


April 26: MidWest March for Life

The 14th Annual MidWest March for Life will take place on April 26, learn more at midwestmarchforlife.com or call (417) 344-7118  for further details!



Attention all engaged couples, MPFs and pastors:

2023 Pre-Cana Conference dates & locations:

  • June 17th @ Chancery Offices: 2207 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109
  • September 23rd @ St. Thomas More Newman Center: 602 Turner Ave, Columbia, MO 65201

2023 Engaged Encounter dates & location are to be determined.


NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) Registration for Parishes is open. For more info and to register click here: https://diojeffcity.org/national-catholic-youth-conference/


Eventos en Español

Retiro Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: St Peter | San Pedro, Jefferson City (22 de abril, 9am-3pm)

El objetivo de este retiro es ayudar a toda la comunidad parroquial aprender y reflexionar sobre la ‘Buena Administración’, la cual es nuestra respuesta agradecida como discípulos cristianos a compartir todo lo que Dios nos ha dado para compartirlo con los demás.
Para más información contacte al Diácono Enrique Castro al (573) 680-3650 en su celular o en WhatsApp o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org.


Curso Introductorio de PFN: St. Patrick, Sedalia (22 de abril, 9am-12pm) 

Las parejas aprenderán sobre cómo concebir o posponer embarazos de una manera natural, sin los dañinos efectos de todos los métodos artificiales anticonceptivos. Es un curso gratuito, ideal para todas las parejas en preparación matrimonial, casadas o que están viviendo juntos.

Para información y registrarse contacte a Enrique o Cristhia Castro al 573-680-3650 / 501-454-8308 o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org / cmguzman10@gmail.com.


Kermes: Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (30 de abril, 1pm-3pm)

Esta es una actividad que tiene el fin de recaudar fondos para las distintas actividades del movimiento de Cursillos.
Para más información contacte a Maria Gomez al (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez al (660) 287-8920.


Formación de Predicación: St Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (6 de mayo, 9pm-5pm)

Esta oportunidad de formación está dirigida a los ministerios de predicación con el objetivo de brindar conocimiento y herramientas prácticas para desempeñar mejor su servicio de transmitir la Palabra de Dios y el mensaje de una manera más efectiva y transformadora.
Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.


Retiro para Preparación de Quinceañera: St. Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (6 de mayo, 10am-4pm)

El Retiro de Quinceañeras es un momento clave en el proceso de preparación de la quinceañera, las damas y los chambelanes antes de la celebración religiosa de los quince años. Los jóvenes pueden asistir al retiro en su parroquia o en otra parroquia en donde se ofrecen.
Para más información contacte el equipo de quinceañera de su parroquia.


Noche de Alabanza y Oración para Jóvenes: Sacred Heart, Sedalia (20 de mayo, 4pm-10pm) 

El objetivo de este evento es brindar un espacio de reflexión, oración y adoración para adolescentes y jóvenes de nuestra diócesis. Además, será una oportunidad para conocer y convivir con otros jóvenes con los mismos sueños, ideales y retos que tú.
Para más información contacte a Kevin Morales al 660-473-9177.


PEREGRINACIÓN A ROMA Y TIERRA SANTA del 20 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre del 2023 – Diócesis de Jefferson City (Pilgrimage in Spanish)

¡Acompañe al Padre Cesar Anicama en una gran peregrinación a Roma y Tierra Santa! Volaremos a Roma para visitar sus basílicas, y lugares culturales, audiencia con el Papa, Asís y más. Después volaremos a Tierra Santa donde caminaremos por los lugares santos donde Jesús vivió, incluyendo Tiberíades, Belén, Jerusalén, Galilea y más. 

Para hacer una reservación, póngase en contacto con Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours HOY al: 1-800-653-0017. También por WhatsApp/textos/llamadas al (347) 463-3998. 

Contacto local: Diacono Enrique Castro (573) 680-3650. 


Employment opportunities

The Coordinator of Stewardship and Planned Giving is responsible for assisting the Director of Stewardship and the Director of Development and Missions in implementing the Bishop’s vision of spirituality of stewardship throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City, which covers 38 counties in central and northeastern Missouri.

  • Prepares presentation materials and strategic briefings for deans and pastors
  • Meticulously plans, coordinates and executes events and activities
  • Provides administrative support for the department
  • Works closely with the Director of Stewardship and Director of Development and Missions as a team partner to recognize donors and convey the impact and importance of the spirituality of stewardship

Practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Event planning and management is desired. Please apply through our job posting on Indeed.com or send resume to hrdir@diojeffcity.org.


The Diocese of Jefferson City seeks a Chief Financial Officer who can ensure consistency, transparency, and simplicity in the financialsystems of the parishes, schools and chancery. As a member of the Bishop’s cabinet, the CFO provides clear and timely communications of financial and other information throughout the diocese maintaining confidentiality where appropriate.

The CFO is responsible for providing, developing, and maintaining financial accountability standards and ethics for all diocesan entities in order to promote respect and trust among parishioners. The CFO directs, manages, and supervises the financial operations of the Chancery in conjunction with the Bishop and the members of the Corporate Board. The CFO manages the diocesan assets and advises management in financial operations. 

The full job listing is available at this link: diojeffcity.org/cfo

To apply, please email your resume to Brent Morton, Vice President, Catholic Recruiter Associates: Brent@CatholicRecruiter.com


St. Joseph Church in Palmyra, Missouri, is accepting applications for a DRE/Youth Minister. Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for assisting the pastor in the responsibility for the Catholic faith formation for parish youth and adults
  • Implements the Bishop’s confirmation preparation policy
  • Organizes, schedules and oversees religious education in the parish
  • Administers a formation program for catechists that leads to certification and tracks completion
  • In cooperation with Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister, orders approved textbooks, liturgy materials and other works that complement the religious education efforts of the parish
  • Provides resources and programs for adult formation
  • Working with the pastor, the director will assess the needs of parish youth and organize volunteers to help meet their needs

Bachelor’s degree in theology or religious education is preferred.

This position is flexible and may be offered at either a part-time or full-time status. Group insurance benefits are available for full-time employees (30 hours a week). The pastor is also open to the possibility of two part-time candidates. If you are interested in the position, please apply on Indeed.com or send your resume directly to Fr. Alex Gabriel, St. Joseph Parish, PO Box 606, Palmyra, MO 63461.


A Director of Youth Ministry is sought to create and direct an environment which leads the youth from Newman and Sacred Heart Parishes into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Church in coordination with youth ministry staff at Our Lady of Lourdes through tri-parish high school and middle school youth groups. Click here for more details.


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a skilled and dynamic Executive Director to promote the work and mission of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, this role provides leadership and program support, ensures fiscal responsibility, and represents the agency with partner organizations, parishes, and communities across the diocese. Strong candidates are mission-minded, understanding that all leadership responsibilities are performed in concert with the agency’s vision and Catholic social and moral teaching.

Catholic Charities responds to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture, or situation. This includes services in mental health, food security, health and nutrition education, Hispanic community support, disaster preparation and response, family reunification through immigration legal services, and resettlement of refugees. Click here for more information.


Holy Family Parish in Hannibal is seeking a Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister. Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist the pastor in the responsibility for the Catholic faith formation for parish youth and adults
  • Implements the Bishop’s confirmation preparation policy
  • Organizes, schedules and oversees religious education in the parish
  • Administers a formation program for catechists that leads to certification and tracks completion
  • In cooperation with Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister, orders approved textbooks, liturgy materials and other works that complement the religious education efforts of the parish
  • Provides resources and programs for adult formation

A Bachelor’s degree in theology or religious education is preferred. The pastor is willing to consider either one (1) full-time candidate or possibly two (2) part-time individuals. Resumes can be sent directly to Fr. Alex Gabriel, Holy Family Parish, 218 S. Maple Avenue, Hannibal, MO 63401 or applicants can apply on Indeed.com.


We are now hiring for summer missionaries! These are paid summer jobs for graduating seniors in high school through college age. Please help spread the word and personally invite young adults that may be a great missionary. To access social media, bulletin and flyer please click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aOiwUhL3qlNGa8M62MrWVpP6x8dP40K0?usp=sharing


Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City is seeking an art teacher for the 2023-24 school year. Interested candidates should contact Assistant Principal Emma Williams at ewilliams@heliascatholic.com.


St. Andrew Catholic School in Tipton has an opening for a junior high science and literature teacher.  Part-time science and/or literature would be acceptable.  All interested persons can contact the principal, Kara Higgins, at khiggins@saintandrewpirates.com.