Making Connections

To Proclaim Glad Tidings to the Poor and Heal the Brokenhearted

April 11, 2019

Homily of Bishop Shawn McKnight Chrism Mass | April 11, 2019 | Cathedral of St. Joseph Today we celebrate in a special way the one priesthood of Jesus Christ and our renewal in the Holy Spirit to fulfill Christ’s mission through the blessing of the sacred oils. This celebration, coming as it does before our…

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Generosity begets generosity

April 7, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight This year, we have seen some wonderful news for our diocese. In late January, we were able to announce that generous, anonymous donors have given $1 million to the diocese to use for tuition assistance of students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Sedalia. Then, two more gifts, each worth…

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Ad limina: an opportunity to cross a threshold

March 8, 2019

By Bishop Shawn McKnight Next January, I will be making a special trip to Rome, along with other bishops from Missouri and some adjoining states. We have been invited to make our “ad limina” visit to the Holy See. The Latin phrase refers to one of the primary reasons for the visit, to pray at…

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Renewing confirmation

February 22, 2019

Bishop Shawn McKnight | For several months the priests of the Presbyteral Council have been evaluating the current practice of having Confirmation at 16 or 17 years of age.  They have been in consultation with other priests, deacons, the Catholic Schools Office, the Office of Faith Formation, as well as parish catechetical leadership on the…

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Ending the culture of clericalism

January 25, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Click here to see a video of Bishop McKnight and Chancery staff members leading a Rosary for healing and protection for people affected by sexual abuse. At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light…

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The dignity of human life and the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21, 2019

Bishop Shawn McKnight Last week I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with pilgrims from our diocese as they began their trip for the March for Life.  I told them I was proud of them for their enthusiasm to witness the beauty of our Catholic faith as seen in our profound respect for…

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Statement on updated list of credibly accused

December 15, 2018

By Bishop Shawn McKnight We want to provide care for those who have been harmed On November 8 I provided to the people of our Diocese and the public a list of 33 priests and religious brothers who have either been credibly accused or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City out of…

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Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore left much work to be done

November 15, 2018

PDF version for printing By Bishop Shawn McKnight The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but perhaps unavoidable experience for us to move forward as a Church. I was very disappointed to learn that the Holy See found it necessary to insist that the USCCB not take action at this time…

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Statement on release of names of priests and religious brothers credibly accused or removed from ministry

November 8, 2018

Bishop Shawn McKnight Today, there can be no more secrets in our Diocese In the past 12 days I have participated in six listening sessions across our Diocese regarding the sexual abuse crisis in our Church. As Pope Francis has encouraged, we bishops are to be close to our people and know what they are…

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Addressing Sexual Abuse in the Church

August 24, 2018

By Bishop Shawn McKnight We are Catholic When our Lord established the Church, he promised to remain with us always until the end of the world. Jesus gave us the gift of the papacy and the Sacrament of Holy Orders to preserve the Church’s communion with Him despite the works of the Evil One. The…

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