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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Public Square Rosary services, sponsored by members of a national Catholic organization known as America Needs Fatima (www.americaneedsfatima.org), 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…Read More
“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…Read More
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