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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.…

Different cultures, one in Christ

Maya Catholic speaker coming to western Kentucky By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic In May 2018, a speaker will come to western Kentucky to address the local population of Maya Catholics – communities who come from southern Mexico and Central America, speak numerous indigenous languages, and descend from native cultures of thousands of…

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.

Diocesan opportunities for ‘Encounter’

By Danny May, Special to The Western Kentucky Catholic When Bishop Medley called us to prayer during a Year of Encounter, he reminded us all of Pope Francis’ words from Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) to declare “a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction” (No.261).…

‘Something bigger than myself’

 New Catholics reflect on community, blessings of Catholicism By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Joining the Catholic Church is a daunting experience for many, even – or especially – for thosewho had great faith experiences when growing up in non-Catholic churches.

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 parish picnics list is now available online

Parish picnics and cooking teams are a beloved tradition in the Diocese of Owensboro, dating back many generations. Parishioners and members of the local community enjoy gathering to celebrate great food, fun games and lively fellowship during the warmest months of the year. 

Futures in jeopardy

They arrived in U.S. as children; DACA recipients now fear changes By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Armando Zamarripa was only a few months old when his mother faced a painful decision: choosing which of her two sons to take with her to the United States. “She had to pick between bringing me…

2018 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…