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2016-2017 Catechetical Leader Award

Rose Wheeler, director of religious education at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Henderson, received the 2016-17 Bishop John J. McRaith Catechetical Leader Award on Monday, May 8. Rose was nominated due to her more than 15 years working with children in religious education. She volunteered for years before being hired in 2006 after…

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2017 Priest Assignments

The following priest assignments take effect June 13, 2017, unless otherwise noted. Parish Pastor Rev. Mark Buckner: Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Browns Valley. Rev. Jojy Joseph: Pastor, St. Paul Parish in Princeton and St. Mark Parish in Eddyville. Rev. Ken Mikulcik: Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Russellville. Rev. Shaiju Thomas: Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Sorgho and…

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Diocese names new CFO

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond T. Purk as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2017.   This position has been held since March 2008 by Ernie Taliaferro who came to work for the Diocese after retiring from Texas Gas, where he worked for more than 25 years.…

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Diocese of Owensboro’s 2017 picnic list now available online

Parish picnics and cooking teams are a longstanding tradition in the Diocese of Owensboro. Parishioners and non-parishioners alike gather to celebrate great food, fun games and lively fellowship during the warmest months of the year. 

Most Reverend John J. McRaith

Most Reverend John Jeremiah McRaith, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro from 1982 to 2009, died the morning of Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 82. John was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota on December 6, 1934 to Arthur Luke McRaith and Marie Hanley McRaith. He grew up with three siblings; James, Jane and…

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Diocese forms Office of Evangelization

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph (Joe) Bland as Director of the Office of Evangelization, effective March 15, 2017. The Office of Evangelization was conceived through the 2016-2018 Pastoral Plan for the diocese. One of the strategies within the goal of “Foster a sense of discipleship among Catholics of…

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Ecumenical Celebration

At least ten congregations, representing at least six Christian denominations, will come together for an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The service, which will be held as part of the area’s observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will take place at St. Stephen Cathedral, 610 Locust Street beginning…

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Marriage enrichment retreat to be held March 2017 at Lake Barkley Lodge

Retreat to be grounded in John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’ By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic God calls married people to holiness – “by being able to find it in everyday life,” says Mario Sacasa, who will lead a Catholic, diocesan-based retreat for married couples at Lake Barkley Lodge on March…

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El obispo Medley invita a toda la diócesis a rezar vísperas por inmigrantes y refugiados

Por Elizabeth Barnstead/WKC El martes 3 de enero, 2017 a las 6:30pm en la Catedral de San Esteban en Owensboro se rezaran las vísperas bilingües en apoyo a inmigrantes y refugiados. Esto en conexión con la Semana Nacional de Migración que cada año en Enero convoca la conferencia del episcopado norteamericano. Monseñor William presidirá y…

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Bishop invites all in diocese to immigrant, refugee prayer service

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead/WKC On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro will host a bilingual prayer service in support of immigrants and refugees. This is in connection to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Migration Week held every January. Bishop William F. Medley of the Diocese of…

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St. Benedict’s ‘bed sponsorships’ cover more than just beds

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead/WKC St. Benedict’s Emergency Shelter for Men, also known as St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter, is now accepting bed sponsorships for 2017. “This is our fifth year of doing this,” said Harry Pedigo, who directs the shelter, located in Owensboro. “These bed sponsorships open up so many opportunities for us.” Pedigo said that…

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‘A wonderful day for mercy’: Diocesan Hispanic pilgrimage draws 400+

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic “Boom, boom, boom-boom-boom,” echoed the drum as the steady beats bounced off and around the interior walls of St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro on Aug. 27. Behind the traditional matachines dancers – whose leader was beating the drum – hundreds of Hispanic Catholics began to pour into…

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