The Catholic Missourian



Jay Nies
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Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900


Jay Nies
573.635.9127, ext. 235

Associate Editor/Advertising Manger
Kelly Martin
573.635.9127, ext. 238

2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Extraordinary Mission Month: Everyone is a Missioner

October 28, 2019

Pope Francis has proclaimed October to be an “Extraordinary Mission Month.” It’s the 100th anniversary of a teaching that propelled the Church to think creatively about her missionary call. The days after World War I caused Pope Benedict XV to chart a renewed, deeper sense of mission in his teaching document Maximum Illud. That renewal…

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Age for the Celebration of Confirmation

October 27, 2019

After consultation with the Very Reverend Deans, the Presbyteral Council and other advisors, I hereby decree that the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Jefferson City shall be celebrated for those who are about 12 years of  age, in accord with the prescriptions of Canon 891 and the complementary norms of the United States…

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Priest from Cuba shares story of his call to Priesthood, mission

October 26, 2019

Father Rolando Montes believes growing up in the island nation of Cuba has helped make him a better Catholic. “It taught me something that I still try to live: Do not be afraid of the cross! The cross is meant to be part of the Christian life,” he told a gathering of parishioners at Our…

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Catholic Charities works with all, for all who are in need

October 25, 2019

You don’t have to be Catholic to get help from Catholic Charities. “Some people hear the name and think, ‘If I’m not Catholic, I’m not able to receive help,” said Dan Lester, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). “But we never turn away someone looking for assistance because they’re not…

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Celebrating milestone CCVI and El Puente anniversaries in J.C.

October 24, 2019

From France to Texas to points throughout the Jefferson City diocese, the 150-year history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI) continues to echo along the paths they have traveled. It is reflected in the generations of local Catholics who were taught by CCVI sisters and by people who continue to be…

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MAKING CONNECTIONS — A pastoral plan to go forward, together

October 22, 2019

The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last report by Bishop John Gaydos in 2010. The Latin phrase “ad limina” refers to one of the primary…

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Bp. McKnight ordains five new permanent deacons

October 20, 2019

Bishop McKnight held aloft the chalice containing the Most Precious Blood of Christ. Reflected on its side were four of the five men the bishop had just raised to the order of deacon for the Jefferson City diocese. The fifth was assisting him at the altar and would elevate the Precious Blood with him at…

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2019-20 Catholic Stewardship Appeal

October 19, 2019

The people of this diocese are being called to stop, take stock of the abundant array of God’s gifts, and respond in gratitude by committing to serve Him while caring for one another. That is the emphasis of this year’s Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). The CSA is an annual campaign encouraging Catholics to commit to…

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Rosary Rallies for Fatima anniversary

October 13, 2019

Public Square Rosary services, sponsored by members of a national Catholic organization known as America Needs Fatima (, will include about 25,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States. They will coincide with the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that was witnessed by many during Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions…

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Polka Mass tradition continues at St. George in Hermann

October 12, 2019

“Jesus, we’re not worthy ever, to receive You here today. Say the word, denying never. Make us pure again, we pray.” Plaintive stanzas of contrition and thanksgiving envelop the altar of a hilltop church in Hermann. Then it hits you: this is “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain!” The lovesick ballad, recast with pious lyrics…

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