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The opioid crisis and addiction … offering hope and recovery

August 10, 2019

The diocesan moderator for spiritual formation offers the following reflections on the opioid crisis and the nature of addiction, and invites anyone affected by these things to attend a Sept. 6 Prayer and Healing Service in Jefferson City: According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a very complex condition, a brain disease that is…

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An invitation to all correctional center employees

August 8, 2019

The following article about correctional center employees and the formation of a group offering them mutual support is by the diocesan vicar for ministry to the incarcerated: “I was in prison and you visited Me.” (Matthew 25:36) Most of us have heard this Scripture passage. And it is no surprise, many in northern and mid-Missouri…

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Mizzou’s baseball coach follows through on his pledges

August 7, 2019

In 2016, when Steve Bieser took over the coaching duties for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s baseball team, he pledged to focus on four core values: players, family, education and service to others. The team has succeeded on the field, winning more than 100 games in his three seasons, including 34-22 this year. But he’s also…

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Fr. Minj marks priestly jubilee, returns to India to lead seminary

August 6, 2019
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65 and 60 years for Fr. Kenneth Reichert OSB

August 5, 2019

When Benedictine Father Kenneth Reichert entered formation at Conception Abbey, his monastic profession and priestly ordination seemed like an eternity away. Those milestones are now 65 and 60 years in the past, but both continue to define Fr. Reichert’s walk with the Lord. “I have tried to be a faithful monk and priest during all…

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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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A solid century for the “Swinkey” Knights of Columbus

August 4, 2019

The future looks bright for the Indian Creek Knights of Columbus St. Stephen Council 1971. The council, chartered just outside Monroe City in 1919, marked its 100th anniversary Saturday, June 15. “I am part of a legacy that my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all part of,” said recent high school graduate Blake Hays, who…

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Fr. Daniel Vacca on mission from Kansas to Camdenton, Climax Springs

August 3, 2019

Father Daniel L. Vacca grew up in a Kansas parish served by priests on mission from Ireland. Now, the God Who summoned him to Priesthood is also allowing him to follow those priests into the mission field — this mission field. Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita, Kansas — which is also Bishop W. Shawn…

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Help, witness drew mother, son into Catholic Church

August 2, 2019

Somewhere in the ocean of humanity at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this past January, Faith Major caught sight of a simple sign. “Strong men defend life.” –Catholic Missourian Read the full Catholic Missourian article here >>>

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