The Western Kentucky Catholic

Worship office plans liturgies, supports parishes

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series about the diocese’s Office of Worship and Office of Music, which assist the bishop in coordinating and overseeing diocesan liturgies and other functions. For this first installment, we spoke with Lauren Johnson, who with Fr. Brandon…

Sisters honored at 2019 celebration for women religious

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, women religious from around the Diocese of Owensboro gathered with Bishop William F. Medley at St. Martin Parish in Rome to honor several of their own who were celebrating jubilees of religious life. Those honored that day were Sr. Cecelia Joseph Olinger,…

Five new permanent deacons have ‘a great heart for service’

Diocese makes history with its first ordination of primarily Spanish-speaking deacons BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Several years ago, Bishop William F. Medley received what he called a “daring request” – to ordain to the permanent diaconate a group of men exclusively from the Hispanic community.

Strides made against racism; more work to be done, says visiting bishop

BY TINA KASEY, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC The Diocese of Owensboro was pleased to have Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., speak to the public in a presentation entitled, “Against Racism” on Thursday, Sept. 19 at St. Stephen Cathedral.

Retiring after 48 years, Fr. Anthony Shonis looks back on the changes in the Church

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Editor’s note: On Sept. 3, 2019, The Western Kentucky Catholic sat down with Fr. Anthony Shonis, a priest of the diocese who retired in spring 2019. Having been raised in the Catholic Church prior to the Second Vatican Council, attending seminary during the council and being ordained…

Arkansas bishop to be keynote for ‘Vocare’ vocations gala

Says ‘future is bright’ as Church undergoes ‘time of purification’ BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC If Bishop Anthony B. Taylor were to summarize in one word the keynote address he will give at Vocare 2019, it would be about “believing.”

Bible characters come to life during VBS

Two women with a passion for catechesis find a way to immerse Catholic kids in the Bible BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Debi Hopkins knew something was seriously wrong the year that a little boy at Vacation Bible School said, “You mean these are true stories? These actually happened?”