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Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri to begin search for new Executive Director

January 27, 2023

During Dan Lester’s more than six-year tenure as executive director, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri opened a new headquarters and food pantry in Jefferson City. He also helped grow the agency’s ability to act as a center of mercy, establishing new services for those need and greatly expanding the organization’s work with refugees.

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Official appointments

January 20, 2023

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, hereby makes the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City: PRIESTS REVEREND…

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Love is central to the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2023

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a reminder that God has blessed all of us with the power to change the world for the better — and that power is love.

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Memorial Masses planned for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

January 3, 2023

Catholics across the Diocese of Jefferson City are invited to attend a memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31, 2022.
Pope Benedict’s funeral will be held on Jan. 5 in Rome. Following the funeral, our diocese and all Catholics will observe nine official days of mourning, called the Novemdiales.
Public memorial Masses for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held during this time in our diocese.

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Mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

December 31, 2022

We now mourn the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a wise shepherd who dedicated his life to Christ and the mission of the Church. As we reflect on his impact on our world and our Church, the Diocese of Jefferson City joins Pope Francis and Catholics across the globe in prayer for our former pope.  

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Ahora estamos de luto por la muerte del Papa Emérito Benedicto XVI

December 31, 2022

Ahora estamos de luto por la muerte del Papa Emérito Benedicto XVI, un pastor sabio que dedicó su vida a Cristo y a la misión de la Iglesia. Al reflexionar…

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Diocesan plans for mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

December 31, 2022

The following is a letter from the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City: Our Diocese has begun to plan for how we will mark the death of…

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Memorial Mass for Mary Elizabeth Schaffer, the mother of Bishop McKnight

December 29, 2022

A public memorial Mass will be held for Mary Elizabeth (O’Reilly) Schaffer at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 at St. Andrew Parish in Holt Summit. Mrs. Schaffer, the…

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Catholic elementary schools score high in national testing

December 14, 2022

Catholic elementary students in the Diocese of Jefferson City have collectively scored above national averages in every grade level according to this year’s standardized test results. In October, the Iowa…

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Official appointments

December 6, 2022

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, hereby makes the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City: PRIESTS REVEREND…

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