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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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New leadership team for Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia

July 31, 2019

Doug Callahan, Jill McIntosh, Gwenn Roche tapped as president, vice president and principal COLUMBIA — Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, announced today the leadership team for the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. Doug Callahan, Scout Executive of the Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, will serve…

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Message to St. Patrick, Rolla, regarding James L. Gummbersbach

July 28, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight This week we were informed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis that two priests who once served at St. Patrick, Rolla, have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. They were assigned to St. Patrick before the Diocese of Jefferson City began in 1956 and when it was still part…

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Parishes receive grants to assist local needy families

June 17, 2019
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY – Parishes assisting families displaced by a fire, the homeless, the hungry, babies and children will receive a total of $25,000 from Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNM) this year. The Charity and Mercy Grant Award program is designed to expand the capacity of a parish or related entity, explained CCNM’s…

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Helias principal appointed interim superintendent for Catholic schools; national search underway for new superintendent

June 10, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY — Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, has appointed Ms. Kenya Fuemmeler as interim superintendent of Catholic schools, effective July 1. The appointment is for up to one year, as the Diocese begins a national search for a superintendent of schools. “Ms. Fuemmeler’s strong Catholic faith, her experience as principal of Helias…

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Catholics mobilize to give relief from tornadoes, flooding

May 24, 2019

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri to provide long-term recovery services JEFFERSON CITY — Catholics throughout the 38 counties of the Diocese of Jefferson City are mobilizing to help their neighbors who are being impacted by the recent tornadoes and ongoing flooding in the region. In the last few days tornadoes have hit Cole,…

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