Making Connections

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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Martin Luther King Jr: living together

January 17, 2022

Statement from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Nearly 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. visited St. Louis twice, in March 1964 and again that…

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Ongoing pastoral planning reveals strengths, challenges

December 16, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight With a year under our belt of the diocesan pastoral plan, and even more time for some parishes to be using a parish pastoral plan,…

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The moral responsibility to be vaccinated

August 11, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Our world has faced a health crisis for more than a year now, unprecedented in modern times. More than 4.3 million people have died from…

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Careful implementation of Traditionis custodes is essential

July 21, 2021

On July 16, 2021, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued an apostolic letter “motu proprio” entitled “Traditionis custodes.” This document alters church law on the use of liturgical books from…

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It’s not just about the sacrament; it’s about communion

June 24, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight It’s not just about the Sacrament of Holy Communion; it’s about the communion of the Church. There’s been much interest in whether the United States…

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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…

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