Media Release

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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Catholic school personnel receive bonuses

February 5, 2021

Donors’ $1.4M gift provides parity for Catholic school personnel JEFFERSON CITY – Tears, cries of joy and thankfulness were the reactions on Thursday afternoon, when the principals of the 40…

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Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian who sacrificed his life in enabling our country to come to a “more…

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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…

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