Response to COVID-19

The Diocese of Missouri is closely following the developments of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and prayerfully responding to the advice of local, state and national health experts. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone in our region. 

Bishop Wayne Smith and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson are working together to deal with the many ways this crisis impacts our diocese. We will do our best to post the latest information on this page, keeping in mind that the situation is changing each day. 

This page offers the following:

If you have any questions or concerns not answered here, please contact the Bishop's office at 314-231-1220 or send questions to

We will continue to update this page as we move forward. 


Responses from the Church


Concerning the Bishop Transition

Our farewell eucharist and celebration for Bishop Smith and the ordination of Deon Johnson are both being rescheduled due to the coronavirus.



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Health Information 

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What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 3-6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

What are severe complications from this virus?

Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

How can I protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventative actions:

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

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