Making Connections

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight statement in response to verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial

April 20, 2021

In response to the verdict of guilty in the ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: While the trial of Derek Chauvin has finished and our justice system moves forward, we must still face the reality that we…

Read More

Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

Read More

Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian who sacrificed his life in enabling our country to come to a “more perfect union.” His words are perhaps more urgent today, as we struggle with what we can do to heal the terrible divisions and to cease…

Read More

Closing benediction

January 11, 2021

Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Eric Schmidt By Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, DD, Bishop of Jefferson City 11 January 2021 Let us pray. O God and Lord of history, in gratitude we turn to you in…

Read More

Bishop McKnight welcomes new church law

January 11, 2021

Modification of canon law recognizes women’s formal roles as lectors and acolytes JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will be implementing a modification of canon law, announced by Pope Francis today, as soon as possible. The new law allows a formal role for women during Mass, as lectors and acolytes (servers). “I am thrilled…

Read More

The times that try our souls

September 27, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight During an historic pandemic, our country faces one of the most contentious presidential election campaigns in recent memory. Some of our fellow Americans may be wondering if they are living in the apocalypse, with fire, drought, hurricanes, flooding, riots and other stresses added to the mix.  Just where is our…

Read More

A path forward: A discernment process for ten counties

August 21, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another (Romans 12:4-5) This past year we began the process to develop a diocesan pastoral plan based…

Read More

Addressing racism through the Immaculate Heart of Mary

June 21, 2020

On June 21, 2020, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the diocesan patroness, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight delivered a homily at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, in which he called on Catholics to purify their hearts of the evil of racism. “Our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary forces us to contemplate…

Read More

Who, me?

June 12, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight It’s summer, and for some it’s a time of vacation and relaxation. For our pastors and parish pastoral councils, it’s a time to gather the discernment of parishioners and develop their parish pastoral plan. All parishes will be submitting a pastoral plan to me by July 31. These plans are…

Read More

Easter: God makes all things new

April 11, 2020

An Easter message from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight

Read More