mcknight3“The Second Vatican Council called for the incorporation of the secular sciences in the development and teaching of theology (see Gaudium et Spes, n. 62). Furthermore, sound pastoral practice requires the integration of the modern sciences in the course of theological studies (see Optatam Totius, n. 94, and Instruction on Liturgical Formation in Seminaries, n. 50). For the renewal of priestly formation sought by the Council, Roman Catholic seminaries need assistance with enhancing the integration of the sciences in the training of future priests.”

Rev. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D., was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Wichita in 1994, where he served as chaplain and adjunct professor at Newman University, Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese, and Pastor of St. Mark Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish.

A graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, Fr. McKnight attended the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, OH, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in theology and the Master of Divinity degree.  He earned the License and Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome, specializing in sacramental theology.

At the Josephinum seminary he taught graduate courses in liturgy and homiletics, and served in the capacities of Director of Liturgy, Dean of Men, the Director of Formation in the graduate program of priestly formation, and as the Vice President for Development.

Fr. McKnight has served at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations since June 2010.