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Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 16, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Today (Jan. 18, 2021) we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, a Christian who sacrificed his life in enabling our country to come to a “more perfect union.” His words are perhaps more urgent today, as we struggle with what we can do to heal the terrible divisions and…

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Closing benediction

January 11, 2021

Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Eric Schmidt By Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, DD, Bishop of Jefferson City 11 January 2021 Let us pray. O God and Lord of history, in gratitude we turn to you in…

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Bishop McKnight welcomes new church law

January 11, 2021

Modification of canon law recognizes women’s formal roles as lectors and acolytes JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will be implementing a modification of canon law, announced by Pope Francis today, as soon as possible. The new law allows a formal role for women during Mass, as lectors and acolytes (servers). “I am thrilled…

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Official appointments

December 10, 2020

On 7 December, 2020, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: REVEREND AUGUSTINE A. OKOLI, acceptance of resignation as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City and St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, continuing as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg and Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, effective 1 January 2021. REVEREND…

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Official appointment

November 19, 2020

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointment: Reverend Basil Tigga, from associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City and Hospital Ministry, to administrator of St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna, effective 1 December, 2020.

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Bishop McKnight affirms importance of the continuance of Catholic health care values; supports role of health care providers in living those values

November 10, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – As representatives of SSM Health and Quorum Health Corporation announced their intent to explore a sale of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, who leads the Diocese of Jefferson City, looks forward to participating in the process, which will eventually require approval by the Holy See.…

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Official appointments

October 30, 2020

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments on 27 October 2020: Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, from adjutant judicial vicar to judicial vicar, and continuing as pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann and Church of the Risen Savior Parish, Rhineland, as well as rector of the diocesan Shrine of…

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The times that try our souls

September 27, 2020

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight During an historic pandemic, our country faces one of the most contentious presidential election campaigns in recent memory. Some of our fellow Americans may be wondering if they are living in the apocalypse, with fire, drought, hurricanes, flooding, riots and other stresses added to the mix.  Just where is our…

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Downloadable livestreaming equipment guide for parishes

September 3, 2020
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To assist parishes in their efforts to livestream liturgies, this download provides details on options and equipment to improve livestream broadcasts for parishioners.

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Official Appointments

August 7, 2020

Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: Deacon James Kliethermes, from diaconal ministry at Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City, to retirement, effective from July 29, 2020. Deacon Edwin J. Schepers, from diaconal ministry at Annunciation Parish, California, and St. Andrew Parish, Tipton, to retirement, effective from July 25,…

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