Media Release

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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Statement from Bishop Shawn McKnight regarding the Missouri attorney general report

September 13, 2019

Bishop Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City issued the following statement upon the release of a report on clergy sexual abuse by the Missouri Attorney General. “I look forward to a careful review of the report released by Attorney General Eric Schmitt today. It is my sincere hope the report assists the Catholic…

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Center for mercy and charity to open in Jefferson City as part of Catholic Church’s social services

August 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – A health and social services center for the Diocese of Jefferson City will find a home in a former Catholic seminary building, following an agreement of terms between the Jefferson City Housing Authority and Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). The agreement allows the purchase and renovation of the Shikles…

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Message regarding Father Geoffrey Brooke

August 4, 2019

From Bishop W. Shawn McKnight (Espanol) In early March, I reported to you that the Diocese had received reports of boundary violations involving two minors regarding Father Geoffrey Brooke. Following diocesan policy, we notified the Missouri Children’s Division hotline and placed Father Brooke on administrative leave. The police were also made aware of the reports…

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Mensaje con respecto al Padre Geoffrey Brooke

August 4, 2019

Del Obispo McKnight A principios de marzo, les informé que la Diócesis había recibido acusaciones de violaciones de límites con dos menores de edad con respecto al Padre Geoffrey Brooke. Siguiendo la política diocesana, notificamos a la línea directa de la División de Niños de Missouri y el Padre Brooke fue puesto en licencia administrativa.…

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