Statement regarding Fr. Ignazio Medina plea hearing

We have learned that Fr. Ignazio Medina, a retired priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, has pleaded guilty to federal charges on July 9, 2024, relating to interstate transportation of stolen property. The stolen property belonged to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, a parish where Fr. Medina served as pastor during the years 2012-2021.

Utilizing accounting protocols established by the diocese, the parish discovered funds were missing, reported concerns to the diocese and the diocese notified law enforcement. A full account of the diocesan investigations and church trial regarding Fr. Medina have been previously shared by the diocese and remain publicly available at

Fr. Medina remains permanently barred from holding any ecclesiastical office and from hearing confessions. He is also forbidden from celebrating or concelebrating Mass without permission from the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City. 

Out of respect for the judicial process, neither the parish nor the diocese will offer additional comments at this time.