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Missouri bishops’ statement on execution of Ernest Johnson

October 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Missouri bishops’ statement on execution of Ernest Johnson

JEFFERSON CITY — Despite pleas for mercy from the Missouri Catholic Conference and thousands of people, the state of Missouri executed Ernest Johnson on Oct. 5, 2021. Two members of Congress, former Missouri governor Bob Holden, and four retired judges were the latest to add their voices in opposition to the execution. Following his execution,…

Two longtime Catholic educators to lead Helias Catholic High School

May 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Two longtime Catholic educators to lead Helias Catholic High School

John Knight, with 32 years’ experience in Catholic education, to become president Spencer Allen, principal of Cathedral school, tapped as principal of Helias JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent, announced today the appointment of John Knight as president and Spencer Allen as principal of Helias Catholic High School, effective…

Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Vaccines should be received, for the common good

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

Helias president & principal accepts position in Boonville

February 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Helias president & principal accepts position in Boonville

Kenya J. Fuemmeler, current president and principal of Helias Catholic High School, has announced she has accepted the position of principal of Boonville High School in Boonville, effective July 1. Fuemmeler has served in numerous leadership roles in both public and Catholic schools in central Missouri. This includes a tenure as interim superintendent of diocesan…

Catholic school personnel receive bonuses

February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Catholic school personnel receive bonuses

Donors’ $1.4M gift provides parity for Catholic school personnel JEFFERSON CITY – Tears, cries of joy and thankfulness were the reactions on Thursday afternoon, when the principals of the 40 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City told their faculty and staff that they would be seeing a bonus in their next paycheck. The…

Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Statement for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian who sacrificed his life in enabling our country to come to a “more perfect union.” His words are perhaps more urgent today, as we struggle with what we can do to heal the terrible divisions and to cease…

Bishop McKnight welcomes new church law

January 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Bishop McKnight welcomes new church law

Modification of canon law recognizes women’s formal roles as lectors and acolytes JEFFERSON CITY – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will be implementing a modification of canon law, announced by Pope Francis today, as soon as possible. The new law allows a formal role for women during Mass, as lectors and acolytes (servers). “I am thrilled…

Bishop McKnight affirms importance of the continuance of Catholic health care values; supports role of health care providers in living those values

November 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Bishop McKnight affirms importance of the continuance of Catholic health care values; supports role of health care providers in living those values

JEFFERSON CITY – As representatives of SSM Health and Quorum Health Corporation announced their intent to explore a sale of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, who leads the Diocese of Jefferson City, looks forward to participating in the process, which will eventually require approval by the Holy See.…

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…

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…