Monday Morning Memo — 7 August, 2023

Praying for our community in Bahner

Last week, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, announced that a chapel in our diocese had been destroyed by a fire caused by lightning.

Bishop McKnight wrote:

It is with a heavy heart that I share a bolt of lightning struck the bell tower of St. John the Evangelist early yesterday morning, and the church burned to the ground.

Built in 1883, the chapel community of St. John in St. Vincent DePaul Paul Parish has a long standing, faith-filled history in Bahner, MO. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, I celebrated Mass for the newly formed St. Vincent DePaul parish. The three faith communities of Sacred Heart, St. Patrick and St. John the Evangelist came together to unite as one parish. By joining the parishes together, the members of the Catholic Church in Pettis County belong to a wider group of parishioners for the benefit of all. Now, more than ever, the support of this community is needed to carry each other through this challenging chapter.

The flames may have consumed the physical structure, but they cannot destroy the spirit and resilience that have defined the chapel community of St. John in St. Vincent DePaul Paul Parish for years. We must remember that a church is not just a physical building; it is the people who gather within its walls.

Please join us in praying for the community in Bahner. Click here to read more coverage from the Catholic Missourian.

Bishop McKnight makes appointments

Please read the following announcement from Chancellor Ben Roodhouse regarding appointments by Bishop McKnight.

I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson
City, has recently made the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of
the Diocese of Jefferson City:


  • REVEREND JASON T. DOKE, STL, appointed to the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • REVEREND STEPHEN W. JONES, appointed to the Board of Directors of Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center, effective 5 July 2023.
  • REVEREND LOUIS M. NELEN, appointed to the Diocesan Building Commission, effective 1 August 2023.


  • DEACON MICHAEL S. BROOKS, appointed as the Southeast Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.


  • MR. MIKE AULBUR, appointed as the Central Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. KYLE CLARK, appointed as the North Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. ANNE HACKMAN, appointed as the See City Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. THERESA KREBS, appointed as the Southwest Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MR. KENT MONNIG, appointed as the Central Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. BARBARA PRASAD, appointed as the See City Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. MARY BETH STRASSNER, appointed as the Southeast Deanery Representative on the Diocesan Stewardship Council, effective 20 June 2023.
  • MRS. JULIE MALMSTROM, appointed to the Board of Directors of Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center, effective 5 July 2023.
  • MR. ZACHARY ROCKERS, appointed to the Board of Directors of Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center, effective 5 July 2023.
  • MRS. GINA BAILEY, appointed to the Board of Directors of Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center, effective 5 July 2023.
  • MRS. KATHY SMITH, appointed to the Board of Directors of Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center, effective 5 July 2023.
  • MR. BENJAMIN ROODHOUSE, JD, JCL, appointed to the Board of Directors of Diocese of the Jefferson City Real Estate Corporation, effective 25 July 2023.
  • MR. PHILIP MACIAS, CPA, appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese, effective 1 August 2023.

From the Office of the Chancellor,
Mr. Ben Roodhouse, JD, JCL

Walking Together — Read the latest Women’s Ministry newsletter

Don’t miss the August addition of Walking Together, the Diocese of Jefferson City Women’s Ministry Newsletter. Find sign up information for our Fall event and the latest news on women’s ministry! Click here to read the newsletter.

Join us as Bishop Gaydos celebrates milestones

The faithful of the diocese are invited to join the Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop Emeritus of Jefferson City, for Mass at 3 p.m. on August 16 as he celebrates four significant milestones:

  • 25th Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination
  • 55th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination
  • 55th Anniversary of Diaconate Ordination
  • 80th Birthday

We hope to see you at the Cathedral of St. Joseph! Click here to RSVP.

Download the latest directory updates

The Office of Communications is continually compiling updates to our printed diocesan directory. Click here to download a list of updates to our most recent printed edition. Please use these to ensure you have the latest contact information — you might consider printing the attachment and keeping it with your directory. As you learn of additional directory updates that we need to make, please use the forms on this webpage:

Mass at the Missouri State Fair

Mass will be celebrated on Sundays, Aug. 13 and 20, on the State Fairgrounds during the 2023 Missouri State Fair. Both Masses will be at 10 a.m. on the Touchstone Stage. The Fair will be held from Aug. 10-20 this year.

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Attention All Priests, Deacons & Seminarians:
Please consider attending this FREE online NFP live seminar August 9th, 3pm-4pm, CST.  
For more information and to register click on the graphic below.

Couple to Couple League’s MyParishNFP is offering a free online LIVE seminar for Clergy, Seminarians and Parish Staff where you can ask a Catholic doctor almost anything… about NFP, contraceptives, fertility and faith.

We are honored to have Dr. Lester Ruppersberger,  Dr William Williams and Dr Lauren Rubal join us on our panel of Catholic doctors.

Our clergy webinar is held twice a year, free of charge, to provide clergy members with the latest medical and scientific information about NFP and Fertility.  

Please submit your questions when you register so that the doctors can try to answer everyone’s inquiries.

Attention all engaged couples, MPFs and pastors:

2023 Pre-Cana Conference dates & locations:

  • September 23rd @ Chancery: 2207 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109

2023 Engaged Encounter dates & location are to be determined.

Sign up now for the Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri Living Flame 1 Program

The Living Flame Program is a seven session offering of in-depth spiritual study and enrichment, presented over a seven month period. It is designed to heighten the awareness of the dynamics of Centering Prayer in the context of the spiritual journey. Download the flyer to learn more. Click here for registration and more details.

Eventos en Español.


Curso Introductorio de PFN: Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (16 de septiembre, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

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 /


Retiro Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (20 de agosto, 9am-5pm)

Retiro Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (26 de agosto, 9am-3pm)

El objetivo de estos retiros 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

Picnic de Colores: Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (24 de septiembre, 1pm-3pm)

La finalidad del “Picnic de Colores” es reunir a todos los cursillistas y familias en general para convivir en un ambiente fraterno y de alegría. Por medio de juegos, actividades de diversión y comida se disfruta de la compañía de todos y de la naturaleza que Dios ha creado.
Para más información contacte a Maria Gomez al (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez al (660) 287-8920.

Formación de Ministerios de Música – Parte I: Saint Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (23 de septiembre, 9am-12pm)

Todos los músicos litúrgicos, coros, ministerios de música y ministerios de alabanza están invitados a esta formación. Es una oportunidad formarse y obtener conocimiento y herramientas prácticas para poder brindar un mejor servicio a través de ese gran regalo de Dios, la música.  
Para más información contacte a Liliana Ruano al (660) 202-0317 o por correo electrónico a

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 Chancery Office of the Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a full-time (30-40 hours/week) custodian/maintenance professional to personally clean and coordinate maintenance services. Daily shifts to start in the early afternoon.

General duties include:

  • Emptying trash and cleaning of all offices, restrooms, and public areas
  • Minor household maintenance (unstopping toilets, changing light bulbs, painting, moving furniture, changing sink faucets, etc.)
  • Hard surface floor cleaning and spot cleaning carpet
  • Changing HVAC filters
  • Ordering cleaning supplies and paper products
  • Maintaining sidewalks, stairways and walkways in inclement weather
  • Coordinating maintenance for other types of repairs; plumbing, lawn care, parking lot maintenance, pest control, etc.

Learn more and apply online!

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is seeking a Communications Director. The MCC is the public policy agency of the Catholic Church in Missouri. The MCC communications director assists with the conference’s various methods of communications, including designing and laying out two printed publications (one quarterly, one bimonthly), and assisting with producing the podcast, MCC from the Capitol. He or she is also responsible for managing the MCC’s social media accounts, website, and photography needs. This position is best suited for a creative thinker interested in promoting the mission of the MCC in an engaging, thoughtful manner. The ideal candidate is familiar with/or open to learning Facebook, Twitter, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Google Business Suite, and Audacity. Salary commensurate with experience. Please contact or for more information or to apply.

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking an experienced administrative assistant to support the Director of Parish Services. This individual will need to be proficient with data entry and have excellent skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Occasional travel to parishes within the diocese may be required with the Director (no personal car is necessary). This position is open to candidates of all faiths.

Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a skills test online. The employer offers a full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability plus a matching 403b plan.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on!

St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a Director of Music. Click here for more details and application information.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to join our team as Early Childhood Center Staff. A successful candidate is committed to providing a safe, Christ-like environment for the children, where they are loved, safe, and encouraged to learn. As part of our center, you will play a crucial role in providing a nurturing and educational environment for young children. Your primary responsibilities will include engaging in age-appropriate activities, ensuring the safety and well-being of children, promoting their social and cognitive development, and maintaining a positive atmosphere within the center. Starting pay is $15.00 per hour. Click here for more information.

St. Thomas More Newman Center (Newman) is hiring a Development Director.  Established in 1963, Newman is a vibrant Catholic parish located adjacent to the University of Missouri (MU) campus.  Newman serves 850 resident parishioner households with a full range of faith formation programs including a highly active Campus Ministry program that serves approximately 1,000 students at MU, Stephens College and Columbia College, all located in Columbia, Missouri.  The Parish is looking for someone who is cheerful, enthusiastic, energetic, self-motivated, confident in their ability to ask for financial support and close philanthropic gifts, with a passion for building and maintaining strong relationships with both student and resident parishioners that will bear fruit in the form of philanthropic gifts to Newman. Learn more.

Seeking a Highly Skilled Administrative Assistant: The Administrative Assistant for the Stewardship office is responsible for assisting the Director and Associate Director 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
  • General administrative and office management duties
  • Meticulously plans, coordinates and executes events and activities
  • Provides administrative support for the department
  • Works closely with the Director of Stewardship and Associate Director of Stewardship as a team partner to educate parishioners on the spirituality of stewardship and convey the impact and importance of supporting their parish and sharing their gifts for the common good
  • Ability to travel within the diocese (no overnight travel); fleet vehicle provided for day trips

Practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Event planning and management is desired.

We are seeking a confident, competent individual to manage the stewardship office. Please apply through our job posting on or send resume to

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

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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School Positions:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is currently accepting job applications for a Pre-K through 5th Grade Religious Education Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: the administration of the Religious Education Program for Pre-School through Fifth Grade, the preparation program for the First Celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, and Summer Vacation Bible School; the administration of the Safe Environment Compliance Program; collaborating with the other parish directors of faith formation programs and the Diocesan Faith Formation Office in providing faith formation opportunities for the parish. The position is 32 hours per week and includes benefits. Experience in parish faith formation is preferred but not required. Please send a resume to Fr. Chris Cordes at if interested. Call 573-445-7915 if you have questions.
  • Cafeteria Supervisor: OLLIS is looking for three adults (parents, grandparents, friends) who like children and want to make extra money. Qualifications include love of children, practicing Catholic preferred, ability to lift 50 lbs., and standing on feet for extended periods. This is a position that follows the students’ calendar. You are off when students are off. The essential duties include supervising students and assisting them with their needs during lunch, such as opening things, sweeping up the floor, and washing tables between shifts. This would be fun if you could find two other friends to join you. We would love to see a group that can help us with our ROAR expectations and makes our dining experience something students continue to enjoy. Hours are 10:30-1:30. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at
  • Speech Pathologist (Full-Time): This position is to improve the speech and/or language of students identified with speech and/or language disabilities or students with speech and/or language delays, which interfere with the child’s ability to derive full benefit from the educational program. QUALIFICATIONS — Minimum: Advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders; Missouri Professional Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, Eligible for a Speech-Language Pathology Student Services Certificate; Effective human relations and communication skills. Preferred:  Previous experience as a speech-language pathologist in a school is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a professional and friendly demeanor and be an active practicing Catholic. Pay based on experience. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at