The Holy Father appointed Bishop of Jefferson City (U.S.A.)
Rev. W. Shawn McKnight,
of the clergy of the diocese of Wichita, until now pastor of the Church of the Magdalen Parish in Wichita.
Rev. W. Shawn McKnight was born on June 26, 1968 in Wichita in the diocese of the same name. He attended the University of Dallas, obtaining the Baccalaureate in Biochemistry (1990). Entering the Seminary, he carried out ecclesiastical studies at the Pontifical College “Josephinum” in Columbus, Ohio (1990-1994). Subsequently he obtained the License (1999) and the Doctorate (2001) in Sacramental Theology at the Pontifical Ateneo Sant’Anselmo in Rome. He has published several articles on pastoral sacramental topics.
He was ordained a priest on May 28, 1994 for the diocese of Wichita.
After ordination, he held the following positions: Parochial Vicar of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita (1994-1997); Parish Administrator of Saint Patrick Parish a Chanute (1999); Chaplain and Adjunct Professor at Newman University in Wichita (2000-2001); Parish priest of Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish in Colwich (2000-2003); Diocesan Director of Divine Worship, Diocesan Consultor and Member of the Presbyteral Council (2000-2005); Director of the Liturgy (2003-2007), Assistant Professor (2003-2008), Dean of Students (2004-2006), Director of Formation (2006-2007) and Vice-President for Development and Alumni Relations (2007-2008) at the Pontifical Josephinum College in Columbus, Ohio; Pastor of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita (2008-2010); Member of the Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana for the formation of permanent deacons (2005-2010); Executive Director of the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life of the United States Bishops’ Conference (2010-2015); Parish priest of the “Church of the Magdalen” in Wichita (from 2015).