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Diocese Launches #iGiveCatholicTogether

In the midst of the current pandemic, known as COVID-19, the Diocese of Owensboro is excited to offer an opportunity to support your favorite parish, school or ministry in this time of need. We have partnered with iGiveCatholic, an online giving platform. This campaign is branded as #iGiveCatholicTogether. With Mass in our parishes currently suspended…

Fr. Joe Mills: September 6, 1927 – April 4, 2020

Please click here to download the Funeral Mass worship aid in a PDF format. The Rev. Joseph M. Mills, Owensboro, passed away at the Carmel Home on Saturday, April 4, 2020. He was 92 years old. Fr. Mills, son of the late L.K. and Helen Mills, was born in Owensboro on September 6, 1927. He…

Bishop abuse reporting service launched

In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter, “Vos estis lux mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church. “Vos estis” calls upon the metropolitan archbishops to undertake the responsibilities for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops that pertain…

Mandates From Bishop Medley

A few hours ago, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to free up federal resources to combat coronavirus, and this morning Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recommended that senior centers temporarily discontinue all in-person activities. This is a constantly evolving situation and the concerns across our diocese are very real. Therefore, as of…

Statement Regarding Suspension of Mass

All of us at the Diocese of Owensboro are very concerned about the health and safety of our parishioners and the broader community in light of the outbreak of COVID19 in the Commonwealth. We have communicated with pastors and those who assist them about our liturgical practices, including options for the sign of peace, hygiene…

Statement Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019

Amid concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Diocese of Owensboro would like to take this time to share some information with our priests, parishioners, students, and staff. The diocese is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Kentucky…

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.

‘Walking together with Christ’

Diocesan Corpus Christi procession takes Jesus into the streets By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Joe Bland’s initial thoughts at the end of the June 2, 2018 diocesan Corpus Christi procession were, “İBien hecho! Well done!” Bland, the Diocese of Owensboro’s director of the Office of Evangelization, said he was “pleasantly surprised” at…

‘Kind to everyone,’ Fr. Powell led by example in his 70 years of priesthood

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Giving the homily at the April 30, 2018 funeral Mass for his close friend and brother priest Fr. Paul Pike Powell, Fr. Joe Mills shared a poem that was popular when Fr. Powell was ordained 70 years prior. Fr. Mills said the 19th-century poem, known as both…

Catholic Charities announces 2018 award winners

The Catholic Charities selection committee has awarded the 2018 Bishop John J. McRaith Providing Help, Creating Hope Award certificates to the following individuals and groups who have demonstrated charity in their work and deeds. The award is named after Bishop John J. McRaith who served the diocese from 1981-2009 and who passed away in 2017.…