Ending the culture of clericalism

By Helen Osman | January 25, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Click here to see a video of Bishop McKnight and Chancery staff members leading a Rosary for healing and protection for people affected by sexual abuse. At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light…

Fr. Tolton Catholic HS receives million-dollar gift

By Helen Osman | January 22, 2019

COLUMBIA — Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, announced Jan. 22, 2019, that an anonymous donor has given one million dollars to Fr. Tolton Catholic High School to assist in its debt relief. The donor’s intention is that the gift will inspire other friends of the school to support the school’s…

The dignity of human life and the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Helen Osman | January 21, 2019

Bishop Shawn McKnight Last week I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with pilgrims from our diocese as they began their trip for the March for Life.  I told them I was proud of them for their enthusiasm to witness the beauty of our Catholic faith as seen in our profound respect for…

Sedalia’s Sacred Heart Catholic School to benefit from million dollar gift to Diocese

By Helen Osman | January 18, 2019

SEDALIA – Sacred Heart Catholic School will benefit from an anonymous donation of one million dollars to be used in tuition assistance. Bishop Shawn McKnight made the announcement Jan. 18, 2019 at a Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. “This endowment, given to the Diocese of Jefferson City, will enable families in Sedalia to provide an…

Father Mark Porterfield placed on administrative leave

By Helen Osman | January 11, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY — The Diocese of Jefferson City has received an allegation of inappropriate behavior by Father Mark Porterfield, pastor of St. Martin Parish and judicial vicar for the diocese. While the allegation does not involve a minor, it does fall within the protocol of the diocese for clergy conduct and requires further consultation and investigation.…

Diocese of Jefferson City updates list of credibly accused clergy; adds two names, changes status of one priest

By Helen Osman | December 16, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY – Catholics in the Diocese of Jefferson City have received an updated list of 35  priests and religious brothers credibly accused and/or removed from ministry in the diocese. The information was provided in parish bulletins this weekend in the Diocese, which covers 38 counties in central and northeast Missouri. Parishioners also received a statement…

Statement on updated list of credibly accused

By rcampbell | December 15, 2018

By Bishop Shawn McKnight We want to provide care for those who have been harmed On November 8 I provided to the people of our Diocese and the public a list of 33 priests and religious brothers who have either been credibly accused or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City out of…

An Advent Reflection: Hope Faith Peace Joy

By Erin Boeckmann | December 10, 2018

The Diocese of Women’s Ministry invites you to join us for An Advent Reflection: Hope, Faith, Peace, Joy. Please join us on Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00am at Oscar’s Classic Diner, 2118 Schotthill Woods Drive, JCMO To reserve You spot RSVP to LeAnn Korsmeyer Diocesan Director of Women’s Ministry, at (573) 635-9127 (EXT 222) or…

Advent by Candlelight

By Erin Boeckmann | December 2, 2018

Please join us for a wonderful opportunity to prepare our hearts for the Advent season. To reserve your spot, RSVP by November 19, 2019 to Kelly or Mary at (573) 365-2241. All women are welcome!

Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore left much work to be done

By rcampbell | November 15, 2018

PDF version for printing By Bishop Shawn McKnight The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but perhaps unavoidable experience for us to move forward as a Church. I was very disappointed to learn that the Holy See found it necessary to insist that the USCCB not take action at this time…