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10.03.21 Message from Fr. Tony

October 4, 2021

Marriage is God’s plan to show His Love in the world, to have the union of a man and awoman as a sign of His love for His creation.Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd of the Church, is also the Bridegroom of the Church. He is referred to in the Scriptures in this way, and…

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09.26.21 Message from Fr. Tony

September 27, 2021

When I lived in Flagstaff Arizona a few years ago, I made some friends in Phoenix, about two and a half hours away by car. One friend, Michael, invited me to stay at his house whenever I was in town. We became very good friends and I spent many nights at his home. Sadly, Michael…

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09.19.21 Message from Fr. Tony

September 20, 2021

In this week’s Gospel, we see the disciples of Jesus arguing among themselves about who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God. We realize that they are still thinking of an earthly Kingdom of David, not the Kingdom of God which is built on faith in Jesus as Savior, and which exists within the…

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09.12.21 Message from Fr. Tony

September 13, 2021

The same question is asked of each one of us that Jesus asked of Peter – “WHO DO YOUSAY THAT I AM? “We must answer the question not just once – but continually. It is meant to shape and define our entire life. How weanswer that question determines who we will become and how we…

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09.05.21 Message from Fr. Tony

September 7, 2021

A man has been deaf, maybe his entire life. But then something happens. He meetsJesus. He can’t quite believe it. Years of silence have been broken. For the first time ever, he’s hearing things, small things, little noises. Breathing. Laughing. The emotion is overwhelming. It must have been a shock. He met Jesus. It was…

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Message from Fr. Tony 08.08.21

August 23, 2021

Covenant of the Bread of LifeA covenant is an agreement between two parties, usually signified by a physical sign. In the Sacrament of Matrimony,the physical sign is the exchange of the rings and the vows made by both husband and wife. When a couple exchange vows at the wedding, they are entering into a “covenant”…

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Ending the culture of clericalism

January 25, 2019

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Click here to see a video of Bishop McKnight and Chancery staff members leading a Rosary for healing and protection for people affected by sexual abuse. At the conclusion of the retreat earlier this month convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the bishops of the United States in light…

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The dignity of human life and the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21, 2019

Bishop Shawn McKnight Last week I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with pilgrims from our diocese as they began their trip for the March for Life.  I told them I was proud of them for their enthusiasm to witness the beauty of our Catholic faith as seen in our profound respect for…

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Statement on updated list of credibly accused

December 15, 2018

By Bishop Shawn McKnight We want to provide care for those who have been harmed On November 8 I provided to the people of our Diocese and the public a list of 33 priests and religious brothers who have either been credibly accused or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City out of…

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Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore left much work to be done

November 15, 2018

PDF version for printing By Bishop Shawn McKnight The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but perhaps unavoidable experience for us to move forward as a Church. I was very disappointed to learn that the Holy See found it necessary to insist that the USCCB not take action at this time…

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