The Center for Ministry Development is proud to announce that Bishop Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri has joined our Board of Directors as Bishop Liaison. We rely on our board to embrace the opportunities for supporting ministry development for youth and families in parishes and schools throughout the United States. Our board and staff are currently engaged in a process of planning future initiatives for innovative and responsive ministry support. Bishop McKnight's participation will be very helpful in these efforts.
As our Board Chairperson, Paul Henderson commented, "We are honored to have Bishop McKnight join the Board of the Center for Ministry Development. Bishop Shawn brings a depth of understanding of church life and mission and creative approaches to pastoral ministry."
Bishop McKnight commented, "I look forward to working on the Board of Directors for the Center for Ministry Development, as it serves a very important role of promoting the formation of lay leaders in our country."
The staff and board are delighted to have Bishop McKnight's pastoral insights and leadership as part of the Board as we move forward in our shared mission to support ministry with youth and families.
About Bishop Shawn McKnight, Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight grew up in a large Catholic family and attended Catholic schools. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wichita on May 28, 1994. He earned a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum (1993-1994) and earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome in 1999.
Bishop McKnight served as chaplain at Newman University in Wichita from 2000 to 2001, where at the same time he was an adjunct professor of theology and visiting scholar at the university's Bishop Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies. In 2001, he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology, also from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, and wrote a dissertation on the permanent diaconate. He later taught liturgy and homiletics at the Pontifical College Josephinum seminary from 2003 to 2008, where he also served as director of liturgy, dean of students, director of formation in the school of theology, and vice-president for development and alumni relations.
From 2010 to 2016, he served in Washington, D.C., as executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
Bishop McKnight also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas.
He was pastor at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, Kansas from July 2016 to January 2018.
He was ordained the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri on February 6, 2018.