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A Musical Reflection in a Time of Pandemic

The Music Ministers of Saint Stephen Cathedral— including James Wells, Director of Music and organist, the Choir of the Cathedral, a newly formed quartet of singers, and violinist Emily Wills— will present Musical Meditations on the Stations of Cross on Friday, November 19th at 6:30pm in the Cathedral.  Conceived by James Wells and based on…

Additional Priest Assignments

Bishop Medley, upon the recommendation of the Priest Personnel Board, has made the following priest changes: Rev. Ray Clark:  Chaplain at Carmel Home in Owensboro effective September 1, 2021.  (Fr. Richard Cash will continue as the Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Care at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.) Rev. Gary Clark:  Pastor of St. Francis de Sales…

COVID-19 Parish Guidelines

Diocese of Owensboro COVID-19 and the Workplace Guidance **Updated October 5, 2021 | **Actualizado el 5 de octubre de 2021 We continue to strongly recommend that everyone mask indoors and to please postpone unnecessary meetings. Please encourage parishioners to wear a mask as they enter Church. **For gatherings that include a meal, attendees are asked…

Letter from Superintendent David Kessler

Dear Catholic School Families and Staff, We are committed to beginning the 2021-2022 school year on time and with the best opportunity for uninterrupted, in-person learning for our students and staff.  We share the concerns of our state health officials and healthcare professionals on the rising transmission rates of this virus and the variants that…

National School Lunch & Breakfast Program

The Diocese of Owensboro Division of School & Community Nutrition will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option of National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  As part of this program, Owensboro Catholic Schools, Mary Carrico Memorial School, St. Mary of the Woods, Trinity High School, St. Joseph School, John Paul II Catholic…

Pandemic Recommendations

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout our country (and Kentucky and our diocese), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is making recommendations that would impact all in-person meetings held indoors in our parishes (e.g. weekday and Sunday liturgies, youth events, parish meetings, religious education, RCIA groups, parish social events, etc…). Please…

New Director of Faith Formation

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Dcn. Jay VanHoosier as the new Director of Faith Formation, effective July 6, 2021.   Dcn. VanHoosier comes to us from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Newburgh, Indiana, in the Diocese of Evansville, where he has been the Director of Faith Formation…

A Rosary for Healing & Protection

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. During this month we have provided below a special Rosary, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, to be prayed.  Together, we can ensure that all children are safe from sexual abuse and can provide assistance and support…

Vatican Reinstates Priestly Faculties for Fr. Joseph E. Bradley

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 by the Diocesan Review Board that an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor had been found credible. A second allegation came forth with both…

Letter from Bishop William F. Medley

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May you and your families know the peace and joy of the risen Jesus! Many times over the last 14 months I have commented that it seems like the Lent that began in 2020 is still with us – 40 days…

Priest Assignments for 2021

The priest assignments for 2021 are listed below. Please keep our priests and those they serve in prayer as these changes take place.  Parish Pastor Buckman, Rev. Thomas, Pastor, St. Mary Parish in Franklin and Christ the King Parish in Scottsville.  Effective June 8, 2021. Kulathumkal, Rev. Babu, Pastor, St. Pius X Parish in Owensboro. …

A Statement from Bishop William F. Medley on Situation in Myanmar

(Also available in Burmese and Spanish below) The Diocese of Owensboro is enriched by the presence of migrants and refugees from the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma.   Last month the military in this country took control in a coup, arresting many democratic political leaders and activists.   Turmoil and uncertainty have followed in the…

NCYC 2021 Announcement

From the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry After much conversation and discernment with Bishop Medley and other diocesan leadership, we have decided not to try to lead a diocesan delegation to NCYC 2021 in Indianapolis, IN Nov. 18-20, 2021.  There are too many unknowns regarding guidelines for travel and lodging at this time…

Catholic schools and in-person learning

Wednesday evening a preliminary injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove saying that Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order closing all private and public schools to in-person learning beginning Monday, November 23, 2020, could not apply to private, religious-led schools across the state. While not a part of the lawsuit against Beshear’s emergency…

Curbside Meal Service

During the school closures the following school sites will be providing free curbside meal service. Lunch and breakfast for the following day will be served to all children 18 years old and younger. The dates that meals will be available are November 23 & 24 and Monday -Friday beginning November 30th and running through December…

November 19, 2020 Statement from Bishop Medley

“In consultation with the Archbishop of Louisville, the Bishops of Covington and Lexington, and the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the Diocese of Owensboro wishes to announce that for the present the Catholic Churches of western Kentucky will continue our public worship as we have the last several months.  Occupancy of churches will be limited to…

Catholic Schools to Resume In-Person Instruction

The Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Owensboro respects and appreciates Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year with non-traditional instruction until September 28; however, after consultation with diocesan administration, the Catholic Schools Office for the diocese has made the decision to continue their plan to re-open all of their…

Bishop Medley on Removal of Confederate Monument in Owensboro

“The events of recent weeks across our nation have reminded us as a society that much work remains to be done to address the sin of racism and further healing in our community and nation. Among the most basic tenets of Christian belief is that each human being is created in the image of God…

Bishop’s Statement on Racism and Civil Unrest

I join with civic and religious leaders across the United States to pray for peace and healing as our nation faces yet another crisis of racism, violence, and distrust.  Yet again we are appalled at the violent death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of police.  This has happened all too often in…