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Preventing email and text scams

August 2, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY — The Diocese of Jefferson City warns the public of an ongoing phishing scam involving emails and texts purportedly from priests or parish/Chancery staff. This scam has hit many parishes across the United States. The email or text purports to be from a person the target knows, such as one’s pastor, a parish…

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Statement on updated list of credibly accused or removed from ministry

July 3, 2020

Today, I am updating the list of priests and religious brothers who have served in the Diocese of Jefferson City and who have been credibly accused of actions which were in violation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The update includes the addition of John Condit to the list, and…

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Official appointments

June 11, 2020

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments: MEDICAL LEAVE Reverend Christopher M. Aubuchon shall continue medical leave for an indefinite time. DEACONS Deacon Derek J. Hooper, newly ordained, to assist Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, pastor, in parochial ministry at St. George, Hermann, and Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland This appointment is effective June…

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Missouri’s Catholic bishops issue statement on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath

June 2, 2020

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, wish to express our anger and sadness at the senseless death of George Floyd. This tragedy tears open a wound that hasn’t completely healed in Missouri following the death of Michael Brown. It also once again opens up our state and nation to unnecessary violence and destruction. The Roman…

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Official appointments

May 14, 2020

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments: Retirements REVEREND PATRICK DOWLING, from hospital and prison ministry, to retirement with residence at Holts Summit, effective July 1, 2020. REVEREND GERALD J. KAIMANN, from pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Marceline and Immaculate Conception Parish in Brookfield, to retirement with residence at St. Joseph…

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Parishes across the diocese live-stream Masses to engage the faithful in the liturgy remotely

April 18, 2020

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of parishes who are live-streaming Masses in both English and Spanish. Please check your parish’s website or social media channels for more information: let us know if we can add yours by email communication@diojeffcity.org.

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Orange County, California Catholic educator tapped to lead Fr. Tolton Catholic High School

April 14, 2020

Dr. Daniel Everett, who holds wide breadth of experience in Catholic education, appointed president/principal COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announced today the appointment of Dr. Daniel Everett as president/principal of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, effective July 1. Dr. Everett holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and a master’s…

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Catholic schools in Diocese of Jefferson City will remain in distance learning mode through end of school year

April 9, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – In light of Governor Michael Parson’s announcement today, the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Catholic elementary and high schools will continue providing lessons through remote means so as to conclude their school year on May 15. As Catholics now enter into the holy time of the sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday, next week…

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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issues decree to promote public safety and well-being

April 1, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY — Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City has issued a decree which restricts the type of public gatherings in the 95 parishes of the diocese. The decree is for April 1-30, and limits access of the diocesan campuses — although lessons are continuing through remote learning for students in the diocesan schools.

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Catholic schools closed through April 30

April 1, 2020
Diocese of Jefferson City Schools Office

In a letter dated March 31, Interim Superintendent Kenya Fuemmeler announced that diocesan schools will abide by a decree issued by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and remain closed through April 30, with the possibility of finishing the school year online. The full letter follows. In light of the guidance from the United States Federal Government,…

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