McKnight ordination Tuesday in Jefferson City

Bishop-elect McKnight to be the fourth bishop of the Missouri diocese
The Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, will be ordained Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the fourth bishop of the northeast Missouri diocese in St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop-elect McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, in November to succeed Bishop John R. Gaydos, who is retiring after leading the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years. At the time of the appointment, Father McKnight was pastor of Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
“As space in our cathedral is limited, the installation Mass must be a ticketed event for invited guests,” said Fr. Joseph S. Corel, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Holts Summit and transition coordinator for the Jefferson City diocese.
He said three representatives from every parish and mission in the diocese will be among those invited, along with all of the priests, deacons, and religious sisters and brothers serving in the diocese.
“At the same time, we want it to be a universal celebration for the people of God throughout these 38 counties and beyond,” Fr. Corel said. “We urge people to tune-in on any of the media outlets that are offering coverage and join us in asking God to fill our new bishop with grace and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
“We’re also encouraging people to make this a communal event, gathering with family, friends and fellow parishioners and taking in the experience as local manifestations of the church,” he said.

Feb. 5 evening prayer service open to the public
A prayer service on the evening before the installation will be led by Bishop Emeritus Gaydos and Bishop-elect McKnight. It will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 2305 W. Main St., across from Memorial Park in Jefferson City.
They will lead church representatives from throughout the United States, other Christian leaders from the area, state and local dignitaries, out-of-town guests, and the faithful from throughout the Jefferson City diocese. Bishop Emeritus Gaydos is scheduled to preach the homily. Bishop-elect McKnight will make a public pledge of fidelity and obedience to Pope Francis and his successors during the service.
The public is invited to the evening service. Afterward, Bishop-elect McKnight will greet guests during a reception.
Overflow parking will be available in the Memorial Park parking lot across West Main Street from the cathedral.
(This is an edited version of an article that first appeared in the Catholic Missourian, the newspaper of the Diocese of Jefferson City.)

Want to watch the ordination?
The ordination is scheduled to be broadcast online and via cable by EWTN, between 2 and 4 p.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 6. Father Michael Nolan, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, will provide commentary.