Bishop addresses June 1 ordinations, Eucharistic Revival events, prayers for peace

By Jay Nies


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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has summoned Rev. Mr. Christopher Hoffmann to be ordained a priest and seminarian Gregory Clever to be ordained a transitional deacon.

Both ordinations are scheduled to take place at the same Mass on Saturday, June 1, 2024, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

The bishop announced the pending ordinations as part of his remarks at the end of the Chrism Mass, which he celebrated with the priests of the diocese on March 26, the Tuesday of Holy Week, in the Cathedral.

He invited everyone to attend the ordinations.

“All are welcome for this important celebration for the life and mission of our local church,” he said.

Rev. Mr. Hoffmann is a seminarian at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; Mr. Clever is a seminarian at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.

Both men served in liturgical roles at the Chrism Mass.

  • The bishop also urged the faithful to take part in activities this July that are related to the National Eucharistic Revival.

The diocese will welcome pilgrims from the western Eucharistic Pilgrimage, which will begin in San Francisco and converge with the other three pilgrimages from the north, south and east in Indianapolis for the national Eucharistic Congress.

On July 1-5, 2024, parishes in Sedalia, Boonville, Columbia and Jefferson City and the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg will host events related to the pilgrimage.

“There will be many activities for the young and old in which to participate,” said Bishop McKnight.

“Your participation and that of your children is very much desired by me,” he stated.

  • The bishop also asked everyone to commit to pray for peace throughout the world,

“Ukraine, the Holy Land, Sudan, and now closer to home, Haiti, could use our prayers and especially our spiritual support for our Christian brothers and sisters,” he said.