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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,…

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…

Diocese names new CFO

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond T. Purk as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2017.   This position has been held since March 2008 by Ernie Taliaferro who came to work for the Diocese after retiring from Texas Gas, where he worked for more than 25 years.…

Most Reverend John J. McRaith

Most Reverend John Jeremiah McRaith, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro from 1982 to 2009, died the morning of Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 82. John was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota on December 6, 1934 to Arthur Luke McRaith and Marie Hanley McRaith. He grew up with three siblings; James, Jane and…

Diocese forms Office of Evangelization

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph (Joe) Bland as Director of the Office of Evangelization, effective March 15, 2017. The Office of Evangelization was conceived through the 2016-2018 Pastoral Plan for the diocese. One of the strategies within the goal of “Foster a sense of discipleship among Catholics of…

Diocese to host traveling Fatima statue

The Diocese of Owensboro will be host to the traveling replica of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26. This comes to the diocese through the Fatima Tour for Peace, led by the World Apostolate of Fatima U.S.A. This event is in celebration of 100 years since Our…

Bishop William Medley’s Statement on Immigration

Mensaje del obispo en español. My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In recent months, but most especially in recent days, our nation’s attention has been focused on the reality of our more than 11.1 million undocumented immigrants. Our new president asserts that following his election, our country is expecting intensified enforcement of immigration laws.…

Ecumenical Celebration

At least ten congregations, representing at least six Christian denominations, will come together for an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The service, which will be held as part of the area’s observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will take place at St. Stephen Cathedral, 610 Locust Street beginning…

2016 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Schedule

St. Joseph in Bowling Green, KY December 11: Procession at 4 p.m., Dances at 5 p.m., Mass at 8 p.m. and “Mañanitas” (Marian Hymns) at 11 p.m. December 12: Solemn Mass at 7 a.m.  Sts. Joseph and Paul in Owensboro, KY December 12: “Mañanitas” at 4 a.m., Solemn Mass at 7 p.m., followed by community…