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Official appointments

August 19, 2021

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: REVEREND DYLAN SCHRADER, PhD to Latinist and Censor Librorum, with continuing ministry as pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Mexico, and moderator of religious education, effective 1 Sept. 2021. BENJAMIN ROODHOUSE, JD, JCL to advocate in the Marriage Tribunal and director of…

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Official appointments

July 8, 2021

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: DEACON FRANCIS X. RUGGIERO, from assisting the Pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia, to retirement, effective from 11 June 2021. REVEREND IGNITIUS NIMWESIGA, to Assistant Pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, part-time Chaplain at Helias Catholic High…

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Two longtime Catholic educators to lead Helias Catholic High School

May 21, 2021

John Knight, with 32 years’ experience in Catholic education, to become president Spencer Allen, principal of Cathedral school, tapped as principal of Helias JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent, announced today the appointment of John Knight as president and Spencer Allen as principal of Helias Catholic High School, effective…

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Official appointments

May 12, 2021

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: RETIREMENTS REVEREND JOHN W. GRONER, acceptance of resignation from Pastor of St. Jude Parish, Richland and St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Robert, to retirement at his personal residence, effective June 30, 2021. REVEREND JOSEPH HOI, acceptance of resignation from Pastor of…

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Declaración del Obispo W. Shawn McKnight en respuesta al veredicto en el juicio por asesinato de Derek Chauvin

April 20, 2021

En respuesta al veredicto de culpabilidad en el juicio del ex oficial de policía de Minneapolis Derek Chauvin por el asesinato de George Floyd en mayo de 2020, el obispo W. Shawn McKnight ha emitido la siguiente declaración: Si bien el juicio de Derek Chauvin ha terminado y nuestro sistema de justicia avanza, aún debemos…

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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 the following statement: While the trial of Derek Chauvin has finished and our justice system moves forward, we must still face the reality that we…

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Adopting a new Coat of Arms for the Diocese of Jefferson City

March 19, 2021

Whereas the present coat of arms of the Diocese of Jefferson City has caused concern among some of the faithful regarding the use of certain secular symbols on it, namely the Phrygian cap and the liberty pole; and Whereas there exists among the clergy and faithful a desire for more explicit Christian symbolism in the…

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Establishing New Deaneries in the Diocese of Jefferson City

March 9, 2021

Whereas canon 374 §2 of the Code of Canon Law provides that several neighboring parishes can be joined together in special groups known as “Vicariates Forane,” or Deaneries, for the purpose of fostering pastoral care under a priest appointed by the Diocesan Bishop as the Dean (cf. canons 553-555); and Whereas changing demographics, especially in…

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Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

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Helias president & principal accepts position in Boonville

February 19, 2021

Kenya J. Fuemmeler, current president and principal of Helias Catholic High School, has announced she has accepted the position of principal of Boonville High School in Boonville, effective July 1. Fuemmeler has served in numerous leadership roles in both public and Catholic schools in central Missouri. This includes a tenure as interim superintendent of diocesan…

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