Establishing New Deaneries in the Diocese of Jefferson City

March 9, 2021

Whereas canon 374 §2 of the Code of Canon Law provides that several neighboring parishes can be joined together in special groups known as “Vicariates Forane,” or Deaneries, for the purpose of fostering pastoral care under a priest appointed by the Diocesan Bishop as the Dean (cf. canons 553-555); and Whereas changing demographics, especially in…

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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 the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

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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. Fuemmeler has served in numerous leadership roles in both public and Catholic schools in central Missouri. This includes a tenure as interim superintendent of diocesan…

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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 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City told their faculty and staff that they would be seeing a bonus in their next paycheck. The…

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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 perfect union.” His words are perhaps more urgent today, as we struggle with what we can do to heal the terrible divisions and to cease…

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Closing benediction

January 11, 2021

Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Eric Schmidt By Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, STD, DD, Bishop of Jefferson City 11 January 2021 Let us pray. O God and Lord of history, in gratitude we turn to you in…

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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 Francis today, as soon as possible. The new law allows a formal role for women during Mass, as lectors and acolytes (servers). “I am thrilled…

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Official appointments

December 10, 2020

On 7 December, 2020, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: REVEREND AUGUSTINE A. OKOLI, acceptance of resignation as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery City and St. Patrick Parish, Jonesburg, continuing as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg and Resurrection Parish, Wellsville, effective 1 January 2021. REVEREND…

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Official appointment

November 19, 2020

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointment: Reverend Basil Tigga, from associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City and Hospital Ministry, to administrator of St. Aloysius Parish, Argyle, with St. Boniface Chapel, Koeltztown, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Brinktown, and Visitation Parish, Vienna, effective 1 December, 2020.

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Bishop McKnight affirms importance of the continuance of Catholic health care values; supports role of health care providers in living those values

November 10, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – As representatives of SSM Health and Quorum Health Corporation announced their intent to explore a sale of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, who leads the Diocese of Jefferson City, looks forward to participating in the process, which will eventually require approval by the Holy See.…

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