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Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools Appointed

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that Jo Ann Mathieson has accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools effective July 1, 2019. Mathieson will join David Kessler, who becomes superintendent on August 1, and Chelsea Lanham, administrative assistant for Catholic schools. “The Diocese of Owensboro Catholic School’s Office is truly excited…

Diocese Names New Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer

The Diocese of Owensboro announces Tom Lilly as Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer effective June 1, 2019. Lilly replaces Kevin Kauffeld who announced in early May his resignation from the diocese and his acceptance of a position at Independence Bank in Paducah. Lilly, who has been President of Owensboro Catholic Schools since June 11, 2018,…

Bishop Recommends Priest to Vatican for Permanent Suspension

On March 1, 2019, Fr. Joseph Edward Bradley, a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, was temporarily suspended from public ministry by Bishop William F. Medley following a recommendation of the Diocesan Review Board that an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor had been found credible. At that time an investigation of the…

Diocese to Close Assisted Living Facility by Summer

Statement from Bishop William F. Medley April 8, 2019 “On March 28, 2019, the Diocese of Owensboro announced the upcoming closure of the Bishop Soenneker Home located in Knottsville, Kentucky, after months of studying the viability of the assisted living facility. We realize that this decision has had a rippling effect in the Bishop Soenneker…

New Superintendent of Catholic Schools

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that David Kessler has accepted the position of Superintendent of Catholic Schools effective August 1, 2019, replacing Ann Flaherty who announced at the end of February her decision to retire, effective August 30, 2019.   Kessler became Assistant Superintendent in July 2018 after working for nearly 20…

Faith Formation Director Appointed

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Andrini as the new Director of Faith Formation, effective March 27, 2019.   Andrini has 20 years of experience as Director of Faith Formation at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he revitalized their RCIA ministry, organized Bible studies…

2019 Fish Fry Dates in the Diocese of Owensboro

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops requests that Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, and practice some form of penance on the other Fridays throughout the year. Due to fish being a popular Lenten Friday option in this part of the world, the tradition of Friday fish fries has become a common…

Local Immigration Attorney to Lead Catholic Charities

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that Susan Montalvo-Gesser has accepted the position of Director of Catholic Charities effective January 2, 2019. Montalvo-Gesser will assume the position at the McRaith Catholic Center left vacant in June 2018 by retiring director, Rita Heinz.

Diocese Releases Allegation Statistics

The Diocese of Owensboro recently compiled statistics regarding sexual abuse allegations against priests of the diocese and regarding individuals who have come forward and identified themselves as victims of child sexual abuse. “In light of everything taking place nationally in the Catholic Church, I would like to share some numbers from our diocese, thereby accounting…

A Statement from Bishop William F. Medley

Download a PDF of Bishop Medley’s Statement Here Download a PDF of Bishop Medley’s Statement in Spanish Here Sin is real.  In our own lives and in our contemporary society we may strive to find another word, another way, to portray the willful disdain for God and God’s ways.  Maybe a word with a little…

Four Catholic school students named Governor’s Scholars; two alternates

The Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that four students from the three Catholic high schools have been chosen to participate in the 2018 Governor’s Scholars Program this summer. Both Owensboro Catholic and Trinity have an alternate in case someone is unable to participate.

New Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that David Kessler has accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools effective July 1, 2018. Kessler will join Superintendent Ann Flaherty and Administrative Assistant Lauren Johnson at the McRaith Catholic Center. “The Diocese of Owensboro Catholic School’s Office is thrilled to welcome David Kessler to…

2018 Priest Assignments

Parish Pastor Barrera, Rev. JulioPastor, Holy Redeemer Parish in Beaver Dam and Holy Trinity Parish in Morgantown, effective June 12, 2018. Harpole, Rev. Ryan   Pastor, St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green, effective June 12, 2018. Johnson, Rev. Brian Pastor, St. Pius X Parish in Calvert City and St. Anthony Parish in Grand Rivers, effective June 12,…

Community Encouraged to #iGiveCatholic

The Diocese of Owensboro invites you to kick off the charitable season on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017, with #iGiveCatholic – an online crowdfunding event that brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. The Diocese of Owensboro is one of 17 participating archdioceses and dioceses for #iGiveCatholic. Considered the most successful…

Director of Marriage and Family Life Announced

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny May as the new Director of Marriage and Family Life, effective December 4, 2017.  May replaces Joe Bland, who earlier this year was named as the Director of Evangelization for the diocese. May comes to the diocese from Tanner Publishing Company in Owensboro…

Bishop Medley’s Statement on DACA Decision

This following is a statement from Most Reverend William F. Medley, Bishop for the Diocese of Owensboro, regarding the Administration’s decision to end DACA. Following the statement is the Spanish translation.  For many years, the issue of immigration has been a very difficult subject throughout our country. Our government has to date proven itself unable…

Bishop Announces Emergency Collection for Hurricane Victims

This letter was sent today to all the pastors in the Diocese of Owensboro from Bishop William F. Medley: Dear Fathers, In southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, a crisis that began when Hurricane Harvey began to make landfall on the Gulf coast continues to worsen even today. Torrential and unprecedented rains continue to fall and…

Diocese Announces Superintendent for Schools

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that Ann Flaherty has accepted the position of superintendent of Catholic Schools effective August 1, 2017. Flaherty was originally named interim superintendent following Jim Mattingly’s retirement announcement. Mattingly retired as superintendent on July 31, 2017 after 13 years of service. Flaherty has 33 years of teaching and…

2016-2017 Catechetical Leader Award

Rose Wheeler, director of religious education at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Henderson, received the 2016-17 Bishop John J. McRaith Catechetical Leader Award on Monday, May 8. Rose was nominated due to her more than 15 years working with children in religious education. She volunteered for years before being hired in 2006 after…

2017 Priest Assignments

The following priest assignments take effect June 13, 2017, unless otherwise noted. Parish Pastor Rev. Mark Buckner: Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Browns Valley. Rev. Jojy Joseph: Pastor, St. Paul Parish in Princeton and St. Mark Parish in Eddyville. Rev. Ken Mikulcik: Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Russellville. Rev. Shaiju Thomas: Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Sorgho and…