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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…

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…