By Bishop Shawn McKnight Next January, I will be making a special trip to Rome, along with other bishops from Missouri and some adjoining states. We have been invited to make our “ad limina” visit to the Holy See. The Latin phrase refers to one of the primary reasons for the visit, to pray at…

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JEFFERSON CITY — The Diocese of Jefferson City warns the public of what appears to be an ongoing phishing scam involving emails and texts purportedly from priests or parish/Chancery staff. This scam has hit many parishes across the United States. The email or text purports to be from a person the target knows, such as one’s…

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JEFFERSON CITY — The membership of the Diocesan Review Board met Jan. 26, 2019 for an orientation session. The board, which is comprised of 17 appointed members and three staff from the Diocese of Jefferson City, is a confidential, consultative body for Bishop Shawn McKnight. The board advises Bishop McKnight on policies and responses to allegations…

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Dear Friends in Christ and Partners in Ministry, Bishop McKnight has, in consultation with both lay and ordained diocesan leaders, decided that the time is right for us to get an Assessment of the current functional state of the diocesan chancery and the diocese.  This Assessment will be conducted with the help of an experienced…

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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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COLUMBIA — Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, announced Jan. 22, 2019, that an anonymous donor has given one million dollars to Fr. Tolton Catholic High School to assist in its debt relief. The donor’s intention is that the gift will inspire other friends of the school to support the school’s…

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JEFFERSON CITY — The Diocese of Jefferson City has received an allegation of inappropriate behavior by Father Mark Porterfield, pastor of St. Martin Parish and judicial vicar for the diocese. While the allegation does not involve a minor, it does fall within the protocol of the diocese for clergy conduct and requires further consultation and investigation.…

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