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Priest from Diocese of Wichita to be Bishop of Jefferson City

Pope Francis announced today, November 21, the appointment of Reverend W. Shawn McKnight as the fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri.

Bishop-elect McKnight is currently serving as the pastor for the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, Kansas. He will succeed the Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, who was ordained and installed as the third Bishop of Jefferson City in 1997. Bishop Gaydos plans to retire.

“Our prayers, best wishes and congratulations go to Father W. Shawn McKnight, pastor of the Church of the Magdalen, upon his appointment as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. We thank our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for choosing yet another of our worthy priests to serve as a bishop in the Church. We receive this appointment as a great honor for our diocese and our priests. May God shower His blessings upon Father McKnight as he now prepares for his episcopal ordination, and may God continue to bless the Diocese of Wichita with excellent priests to serve our diocese and beyond.”
-Most Reverend Bishop Carl A. Kemme.

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The Catholic Diocese of Wichita was erected in 1887 from the Diocese of Leavenworth. The document establishing the Wichita diocese was issued by Pope Leo XIII. At that time there were 16 priests in charge of churches, and 23 churches attended as missions and nine parochial schools.

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As the second largest school system in Sedgwick County and the ninth largest in Kansas, the 39 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Wichita serve nearly 11,000 students in both urban and rural areas. What distinguishes Catholic schools is our mission to form disciples of Jesus Christ. This formation is fostered daily by teachers, prayer, worship, infusion of religious values into curriculum and activities, and apostolic service.

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The mission of the Office of Faith Formation is to provide resources, training, policy guidance and oversight for catechetical, missionary and youth ministries for children, youth and young adults ages preschool through college in parishes and institutions throughout the diocese in a non-school setting.

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Responding to Christ’s call to feed the hungry.

The Lord’s Diner, an office of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, provides a meal seven days a week, 365 days a year. The mission is achieved in a spirit of compassion and respect through cooperative efforts with people of all faiths, businesses and organizations in the community by gifts of time, talent and treasure.

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