Media Release

Diocese of Jefferson City suspends public Masses, cancels other public events

March 17, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced all public Masses will be suspended in the Diocese of Jefferson City, beginning on Wednesday, March 18 and until at least April 3. “This is in keeping with the federal directives and other public entities in our area,” Bishop McKnight explained. “We offer this decision as…

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Fort Worth Catholic school leader tapped as superintendent

March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020 | JEFFERSON CITY, MO |A life-long Catholic educator will take the helm of the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Catholic school system on May 1. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has named Dr. Erin Vader as superintendent of schools for the diocese. Vader, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Wesleyan University, currently serves as…

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Fr. Tolton Catholic High School receives multi-million-dollar gifts to eliminate debt

February 25, 2020

Donations will allow the school to focus on enriching curriculum COLUMBIA – A $6.2 million dollar debt has been eliminated from the balance sheet of the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight made the announcement to the parents, faculty and other school community members today at the high school, located…

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Father Stephen Jones appointed diocesan director of stewardship

February 14, 2020

Kenya Fuemmeler appointed president and principal of Helias Catholic High School Former Helias Catholic High School president will serve entire diocese in new role JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has appointed Father Stephen Jones as director of stewardship for the Diocese of Jefferson City, a new position which will provide support to the…

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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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President of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School departs

October 25, 2019

COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced the departure of Doug Callahan from his position as president of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, effective Oct. 24. Callahan had been appointed president in September after more than three decades of experience with the Boy Scouts of America. Jill McIntosh, Tolton’s vice president, will…

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Letter to the Faithful

September 13, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter to be distributed to parishes this weekend: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued a report based on a 13-month investigation on clergy sexual abuse of minors in the four Roman Catholic dioceses of Missouri. The report is more…

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