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Missouri’s Catholic bishops issue statement on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath

June 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Missouri’s Catholic bishops issue statement on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, wish to express our anger and sadness at the senseless death of George Floyd. This tragedy tears open a wound that hasn’t completely healed in Missouri following the death of Michael Brown. It also once again opens up our state and nation to unnecessary violence and destruction.The Roman Catholic…

Orange County, California Catholic educator tapped to lead Fr. Tolton Catholic High School

April 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Orange County, California Catholic educator tapped to lead Fr. Tolton Catholic High School

Dr. Daniel Everett, who holds wide breadth of experience in Catholic education, appointed president/principal COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announced today the appointment of Dr. Daniel Everett as president/principal of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, effective July 1. Dr. Everett holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and a master’s…

Catholic schools in Diocese of Jefferson City will remain in distance learning mode through end of school year

April 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Catholic schools in Diocese of Jefferson City will remain in distance learning mode through end of school year

JEFFERSON CITY – In light of Governor Michael Parson’s announcement today, the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Catholic elementary and high schools will continue providing lessons through remote means so as to conclude their school year on May 15. As Catholics now enter into the holy time of the sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday, next week…

Diocese of Jefferson City suspends public Masses, cancels other public events

March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Diocese of Jefferson City suspends public Masses, cancels other public events

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020: These protocols have been replaced by a new decree of Bishop McKnight’s.

Fort Worth Catholic school leader tapped as superintendent

March 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Fort Worth Catholic school leader tapped as superintendent

March 3, 2020 | JEFFERSON CITY, MO |A life-long Catholic educator will take the helm of the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Catholic school system on May 1. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has named Dr. Erin Vader as superintendent of schools for the diocese. Vader, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Wesleyan University, currently serves as…

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School receives multi-million-dollar gifts to eliminate debt

February 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Fr. Tolton Catholic High School receives multi-million-dollar gifts to eliminate debt

Donations will allow the school to focus on enriching curriculum COLUMBIA – A $6.2 million dollar debt has been eliminated from the balance sheet of the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight made the announcement to the parents, faculty and other school community members today at the high school, located…

Father Stephen Jones appointed diocesan director of stewardship

February 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Father Stephen Jones appointed diocesan director of stewardship

Kenya Fuemmeler appointed president and principal of Helias Catholic High School Former Helias Catholic High School president will serve entire diocese in new role JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has appointed Father Stephen Jones as director of stewardship for the Diocese of Jefferson City, a new position which will provide support to the…

Bishop McKnight’s message in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Bishop McKnight’s message in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, as we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I ask that we recognize the best way we can strengthen our communities, our nation, our church,  is by working together to ensure every human being is treated with dignity. As Dr. King wrote in Letters from Birmingham Jail,…

Official appointments

January 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Official appointments

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments: Reverend Alexander Gabriel from pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon and Our Lady of Snows Parish in Mary’s Home, to pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Tipton and Annunciation Parish in California, effective Jan. 28, 2020.Reverend Callistus C. Okoroji from pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in…

Bishop McKnight’s response to decision by SSM Health, MU Health Care to end exclusive negotiations

December 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Bishop McKnight’s response to decision by SSM Health, MU Health Care to end exclusive negotiations

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement on the decision by SSM Health and MU Health Care to end exclusive negotiations by allowing their Letter of Intent (LOI) to transfer ownership of SSM Health’s ministries in Jefferson City and Mexico, Mo. to expire, effective January 7, 2020. “Today’s announcement by SSM Health and…