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A Word From Bishop Medley: An abundance of charity

My dear sisters and brothers, As communities across our country and indeed the whole world have struggled to adapt in an age of pandemic, almost all places have found it necessary to implement guidelines and restrictions. These have included stay-at-home directives, distancing guidelines, and the wearing of masks in public or any place where one…

‘Hope and poignancy’ at 2020 Chrism Mass, postponed for 10 weeks due to pandemic

  BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Owensboro looked different this year. Christopher Grief, diocesan seminarian currently interning at St. Stephen Cathedral, told The Western Kentucky Catholic that “amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, life as we know it has been altered.”

Gasper River to bring traveling day camps to youth around western Kentucky

‘Gasper on the Go’ to take place in eight cities within the diocese BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC 7/2/2020 Update: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center announced on June 30 that due to lack of registrations, all but two locations have since been cancelled. They will be in Owensboro on…

Hope fulfilled: First ordination of a Burmese priest in the U.S. takes place May 23

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Locust Street in front of St. Stephen Cathedral had an unusual sight in the late morning of May 23, 2020:  a drive-by car parade of honking, cheering St. Pius X parishioners holding up homemade signs to congratulate Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than, who had been ordained just…

Local cloistered nuns explain how isolation can open ‘doorways to God’

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC A community of cloistered nuns living in a secluded corner of Daviess County have found that their already “social distancing” lifestyle can provide practical application for non-cloistered people trying to grow in their faith amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While unable to gather in person, western Kentuckians shine the light of Easter from their homes

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Ordinarily, The Western Kentucky Catholic’s post-Easter issue features an array of photos from that year’s Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Some memorable pictures have included the searing “Via Crucis” portrayal of Jesus’ walk to Calvary, as depicted by Sts. Joseph and Paul parishioners in the streets of…

A Word From Bishop Medley: That our hunger may increase our gratitude

My dear sisters and brothers, One of the challenges of communicating during times of crisis or strife is that it seems before we complete a thought, circumstances and information changes. I have written before about such a challenge with The Western Kentucky Catholic in that its articles are often completed at least a week before…

Girls learn virtues, lives of the saints, via St. Therese-themed club

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sixty-two little girls filled the hallway inside Owensboro Catholic School’s K-3 Campus in the afternoon of March 3, 2020, their voices raised in happy chatter as adult leaders organized them into a line. Though they were of varying ages – kindergarten through third grade – all had…

Hopkinsville parish kicks off anti-porn project with Safe Haven Sunday

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hopkinsville recently launched a new anti-pornography program from the Diocese of Owensboro and according to parish team member Dee Dailey, “the response from parishioners has been good.”