Media Release

Longtime diocesan CFO to move into new role supporting, advising parishes

February 8, 2023

Diocese of Jefferson City to begin search for next Chief Financial Officer JEFFERSON CITY — The longtime chief financial officer at the Diocese of Jefferson City is preparing to move into…

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Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri to begin search for new Executive Director

January 27, 2023

During Dan Lester’s more than six-year tenure as executive director, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri opened a new headquarters and food pantry in Jefferson City. He also helped grow the agency’s ability to act as a center of mercy, establishing new services for those need and greatly expanding the organization’s work with refugees.

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Love is central to the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2023

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a reminder that God has blessed all of us with the power to change the world for the better — and that power is love.

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Mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

December 31, 2022

We now mourn the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a wise shepherd who dedicated his life to Christ and the mission of the Church. As we reflect on his impact on our world and our Church, the Diocese of Jefferson City joins Pope Francis and Catholics across the globe in prayer for our former pope.  

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Pope Francis appoints Helen Osman to serve as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication

September 29, 2022

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, is pleased to announce to our diocese that Helen Osman has been appointed by Pope Francis to a five-year term…

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Bishop McKnight encouraged by overturn of Roe v Wade

June 24, 2022

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson: I welcome the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade,…

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Missouri bishops’ statement on execution of Ernest Johnson

October 11, 2021

JEFFERSON CITY — Despite pleas for mercy from the Missouri Catholic Conference and thousands of people, the state of Missouri executed Ernest Johnson on Oct. 5, 2021. Two members of…

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Two longtime Catholic educators to lead Helias Catholic High School

May 21, 2021

John Knight, with 32 years’ experience in Catholic education, to become president Spencer Allen, principal of Cathedral school, tapped as principal of Helias JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight…

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Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding…

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Helias president & principal accepts position in Boonville

February 19, 2021

Kenya J. Fuemmeler, current president and principal of Helias Catholic High School, has announced she has accepted the position of principal of Boonville High School in Boonville, effective July 1.…

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