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Mercy Always

‘Admonishing the sinner’ done in light of God’s love By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic It’s no secret that “admonish the sinner” – a spiritual work of mercy ranked with the 14 other corporal and spiritual works of mercy – is one of the tougher works to correctly grasp. Nevertheless, Msgr. Bernard Powers,…

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Good news for everyone: NFP instructor talks fertility awareness

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead | WKC Martha Winn believes “it’s a really wonderful time right now” for natural family planning initiatives, considering the “movement in our culture toward a more ‘green’ type of healthy living.” As a teacher and trainer in the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning, Winn is contacted by Catholics and…

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Living and Leading with Love | Youth Theology Institute

Open to All High School Students in Diocese Brescia University, the only Catholic university in the Diocese of Owensboro, is pleased to bring a youth theology institute for high school students to the diocese. This institute, “Living and Leading with Love” (L3), is made possible through a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

VOCARE: Anonymous Matching Gift

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce it has received a matching gift donation for VOCARE 2016. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has agreed to donate $50,000 if the Diocese of Owensboro raises $50,000 in support of VOCARE 2016, the event of the year for the Diocese. This means any donation made…

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Peer-to-peer evangelization: NET, FOCUS going beyond ‘instructing the ignorant’

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead | WKC Whether through National Evangelization Teams – also known as NET – or Fellowship of Catholic University Students – also known as FOCUS – younger generations from the Diocese of Owensboro are seeking to evangelize their peers in new, fresh ways. Andy Day believes peer-to-peer evangelization is igniting because “young…

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Grace kept seminarian on the right tracks

This story originally ran in the August 2015 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.  By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead | WKC Owensboro seminarian James “Jamie” Dennis is known by friends and family for his love of trains. But there’s no doubt that the Caneyville native credits his faith community for keeping him on the right track.…

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Gerald E. Schoen Named New OCS Director

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerald E. Schoen as Director of Owensboro Catholic Schools (OCS), effective July 1, 2016.  Ken Rasp, current director, has accepted a position as President of Muskegon Catholic Central in Michigan. An interview committee was formed and a national search was conducted over several months…

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Diocese of Owensboro launches New Website and App

Fresh, ‘responsive design’ will better serve unique needs of western Kentucky faithful The Diocese of Owensboro recently launched a new website and smartphone app to better serve the Catholics of western Kentucky and reach out to those who wish to renew their faith or have an interest in the Catholic Church.

Winners of 2016 ‘Providing Help, Creating Hope’ award announced

The winners of the third annual Bishop John J. McRaith Providing Help, Creating Hope Award this year include 16 individuals and four organizations. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro established the award in 2013 to recognize individuals or groups in the diocese who abundantly show the virtue of charity in their work and deeds, aligned…

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Son of Fancy Farm, Fr. W. David Willett ‘a beautiful soul’ who served military personnel

Fr. William David Willett, a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, passed away on April 20, 2016 at the age of 69. Fr. Willett spent many years serving as a dedicated military chaplain – a vocation that took him across the ocean and far from his close-knit Fancy Farm community, and far from the diocese…

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2016 Parish Picnic Schedule

July 30 Serving at 3 p.m.     St. Paul, Leitchfield Aug. 2    Drive-through picnic 5 p.m.    St. Martin, Rome Aug. 6    Serving at 11 a.m.   St. Jerome, Fancy Farm