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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Official appointments

January 6, 2020

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments: Reverend Alexander Gabriel from pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish in Mary’s Home, to pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Tipton and Annunciation Parish in California, effective Jan. 28, 2020.Reverend Callistus C. Okoroji from pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in…

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Bishop McKnight’s response to decision by SSM Health, MU Health Care to end exclusive negotiations

December 20, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement on the decision by SSM Health and MU Health Care to end exclusive negotiations by allowing their Letter of Intent (LOI) to transfer ownership of SSM Health’s ministries in Jefferson City and Mexico, Mo. to expire, effective January 7, 2020. “Today’s announcement by SSM Health and…

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Fr. Tolton Catholic High School announces search for executive leadership

December 11, 2019

COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced the engagement of Partners in Mission to assist in identifying and hiring leadership for Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. The search is being conducted while the school is undergoing a VISION 2020 strategic planning process. Gwen Roche, the school’s principal, announced her decision today not…

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St. Andrew Rosary Garden in Tipton

November 25, 2019

“A hundred little voices. One and two at a time.” That’s how Virginia Johnson Shetler described the dedication of the Rosary Garden outside St. Andrew Church in Tipton. Older and younger students of St. Andrew School stood two-by-two at each “bead” in the newly completed garden. Each helped lead one of the prayers as the…

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Medical students advised to recognize the power of the faith they hold

November 24, 2019

Second-year medical student Brent Cunningham addressed his fellow seekers of healing knowledge who were gathered in Mary Immaculate Church. “Welcome to the first of many,” said Mr. Cunningham, organizer of Kirksville’s inaugural White Mass. Inspired by the yearly Liturgy for health professionals in the St. Louis area, the Catholic Student Association at A.T. Still University…

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Pastoral planning process: a time of discernment, discovery

November 23, 2019

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 friends, our Church, our communities…

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Columbia Catholic Hospital Ministry

November 21, 2019

“It starts with showing up,” stated Deacon Berendzen, coordinator for Columbia Catholic Hospital Ministry. “Just being present is often more important than what we say or do,” he said. “Being present opens the door to letting God work through us.” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight appointed Deacon Berendzen, who also assists the pastor of St. Francis…

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Ecumenical community Thanksgiving services

November 21, 2019

In addition to Mass being available in many Catholic parishes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28), many local ministerial alliances organize ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in the days leading up to the holiday as a chance to pray as one faith community and take up an offering for local people in need. ‘These services are…

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Catholic communicator gives thanks for the gift of adoption

November 20, 2019

“I am adopted.” Jill Alberti has uttered those three simple words, overflowing with awe and gratitude, hundreds of times. “Those words mean my biological mom chose life!” said Mrs. Alberti, keynote speaker for the Hannibal Chapter of Missouri Right to Life’s (MRL) 2019 Pro-life Dinner. About 70 people attended the Sept. 27 event. Mrs. Alberti,…

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