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A Steward's Journey: Our Call to Greater Communion

The Diocesan pastoral letter and plan were promulgated on February 6, 2021, at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Missouri.

On the third anniversary of his ordination and installation, Bishop McKnight signed the letter and plan during Mass with the young adults telling them the Church needs their energy and “fresh eyes to help our Church transform into what the Lord is calling us to be,” emphasizing the importance of our youth in the fulfillment of our mission as a Church.

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Year Two Review

Diocesan Pastoral Plan | Year Two Assessment

January 6, 2023 | Comments Off on Diocesan Pastoral Plan | Year Two Assessment

As the Diocese of Jefferson City enters the final year of “A Steward’s Journey: Our Call to Greater Communion,” the second year has been a time of change for all…

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Year One Review

Ongoing pastoral planning reveals strengths, challenges

December 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Ongoing pastoral planning reveals strengths, challenges

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight With a year under our belt of the diocesan pastoral plan, and even more time for some parishes to be using a parish pastoral plan,…

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Diocesan pastoral plan


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Diocesan pastoral plan serves as a roadmap for three years of ministry


In 2019, Bishop McKnight requested all parishes to discern their own plans for carrying out the Church’s vision for parish life within their geographic territory. The bishop and his advisors gave a timeline and process for praying, discussing, and assessing each parish’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of:

  • Cultivating a spirituality rooted in the Catholic understanding of stewardship;
  • Promoting effective co-responsibility among ordained ministers and the laity; and
  • Helping every parish become universally recognized as a center of charity and a sanctuary of mercy within the larger community.