As followers of Christ, we have a calling to share the news of Jesus with others and to accompany them on their journey of faith. In 2017, we impacted nearly 600 youth at camps held at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center; we assisted our eight seminarians currently in formation to become priests for our diocese; evangelization and faith formation efforts helped us celebrate 786 First Communions and 898 Confirmations across the diocese; and we served numerous parishes and affiliated organizations by funding more than $90,000 in DRF grants.
Sharing the love of Jesus with others through the ministries of the diocese is made possible due to you and your pastor vigorously embracing our annual appeal. Last year our goal was exceeded by more than $120,000. This led to parishes receiving rebate checks totaling more than $60,000 to further invest back into their local parish communities.
I come to the good people of the Diocese of Owensboro again this year to invite your response to the needs of the Catholic Church and the people we serve. The diocese funds its good works through the generosity of faithful Catholics like you who support the Disciples Response Fund.
My prayer is that we, as a faithful community, may reflect on what God has given us and return a generous portion of those gifts to help in the work of our Diocese and our parishes.
May God bless you all.
Most Reverend William F. Medley
Bishop for the Diocese of Owensboro