Making Connections

Shaping our Future Together — 2024 Pastoral Letter

March 26, 2024

Pastoral LetterMost Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.Bishop of Jefferson City Shaping our Future Together: Parishes on Mission Together as Communities of the Beatitudes To the laity, members of institutes of…

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The Church and World Peace

November 8, 2023

English: By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight English: During a recent trip to the Republic of Korea (South Korea), I visited a cemetery located high on a hill overlooking a river…

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Co-Responsibility: A people united in mission

August 18, 2023

Though we have different roles, responsibilities, gifts and talents, our diversity is a strength for our unity: all of us have a role to play in the mission of the Church, and all of us are called to have a mutual respect for one another.

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Living in awe of his many gifts

January 6, 2023
Christmas Creche

English: By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight English: The new year — with the season of giving still fresh in our memories — is an opportune time to reflect on the…

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May the light of God’s grace shine brightly this Christmas

December 14, 2022

English: English: I pray that this Christmas season is a time of peace and joy for you, as we celebrate the birth of our savior — when the light of…

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Our goal: Thriving Catholic parishes | Nuestra meta: Parroquias católicas florecientes

October 27, 2022

I believe every Catholic in our diocese deserves to belong to a thriving parish — and we are beginning a new effort to make that possible.

On Oct. 18, leaders from across the Diocese of Jefferson City came together to begin a process called Shaping our Future Together. This process is part of our ongoing effort to build a stronger foundation for the future of our diocese as we work to enhance the parish experience in our diocese.

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Synodality: A way to be Church

June 24, 2022

… “The rural character of our diocese deserves recognition in our discernment of where we go from here. Rural life treasures the farm as a unique place for the family to unite around a common purpose and the necessity of depending on each other.”

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The Catholic parish in a time of violence

June 8, 2022

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Over these past few weeks, we have seen many serious, sad headlines and news stories reflecting a growing disrespect for the dignity of human life.…

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Choose life: the way of blessing

April 20, 2022

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight delivered the following reflection during a rally for the Midwest March for Life on April 20 at the Missouri State Capitol: I have set before you…

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Pray for peace in Ukraine

February 24, 2022

An unjust war is never a solution to disagreement among nations. The callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the necessity of a just society scars the human…

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