Making Connections

Palm, Cross and COVID-19

April 5, 2020

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight delivered the following homily on April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, at The Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City: Today’s liturgy contains a huge contrast. We began with the triumphal entry of Jesus on a donkey through the gates of Jerusalem, and we joined the adulation…

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Public Masses suspended, beginning March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020: These protocols have been replaced by a new decree of Bishop McKnight’s.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS — Responding in Mercy to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 13, 2020

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020: These protocols have been replaced by a new decree of Bishop McKnight’s.

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Being a ‘church living in the midst’ of her people

January 22, 2020

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight As my two-year anniversary as your bishop draws near, I find myself grateful every day for the opportunity to be the shepherd for God’s people here in central and northern Missouri. Your dedication to living as disciples of Christ has been edifying and consoling to me! At the same time, I…

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Bishop McKnight’s message in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2020

On this day, as we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I ask that we recognize the best way we can strengthen our communities, our nation, our church,  is by working together to ensure every human being is treated with dignity. As Dr. King wrote in Letters from Birmingham Jail,…

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Pastoral planning process: a time of discernment, discovery

November 14, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight This Advent, many Catholics throughout our diocese will be participating in a four-session program called “A Steward’s Way.” We’ll be meeting in small groups in our parishes (and others will be meeting in our closed Facebook group) to reflect on our gratitude to God for the gifts of family and…

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MAKING CONNECTIONS — A pastoral plan to go forward, together

October 22, 2019

The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last report by Bishop John Gaydos in 2010. The Latin phrase “ad limina” refers to one of the primary…

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A pastoral plan to go forward, together

October 17, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last report by Bishop John Gaydos in 2010. The Latin phrase “ad limina” refers…

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A new culture of Catholic leadership

October 10, 2019

The Diocese of Jefferson City was highlighted in this recent column by Kim Smolik, CEO of Leadership Roundtable. “Bishop McKnight and other Catholic leaders are modeling a new culture of leadership rooted in reformed structures,” Smolik wrote. “The future of the Church depends on it.” Read more This article was first published by the Berkley…

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Letter to the Faithful

September 13, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter to be distributed to parishes this weekend: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued a report based on a 13-month investigation on clergy sexual abuse of minors in the four Roman Catholic dioceses of Missouri. The report is more…

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