My dear people of God, In August and September, the Catholic Church in the United States was sent reeling by three successive scandals.
BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC For Fr. Brad Smith, CO, one of the biggest challenges of his ministry is “getting people to realize what it means to radically embrace the Gospel.”
BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Joe Bland, the director of evangelization for the Diocese of Owensboro, has an important question for the people of the diocese.
Healthcare workers gather for ‘White Mass’ BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC At the Oct. 21 White Mass at St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro, Bishop William F. Medley referred to the vocation of healthcare workers as “an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”
St. Leo’s quilting ministry provides newly-baptized babies with gift to cherish BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC There is something about a quilt that is comforting and welcoming.
Diocese’s V National Encuentro delegates reflect on Hispanic/Latino gathering BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC The Sept. 20-23, 2018 V National Encuentro conference in Grapevine, Texas, was “emotional” but also “fun,” said Claudia Valladares, one of the Diocese of Owensboro’s delegates to the gathering.
The Roman Catholic Church, along with many other Christian denominations, honors all those who “have gone before us marked with the sign of faith” as saints.
BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC When Sr. M. Bernadette Niehaus, DCJ, and three other Carmelite sisters came to Owensboro from Wisconsin in 1952, it was a culture shock to say the least.
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.
The Diocese of Owensboro recently compiled statistics regarding sexual abuse allegations against priests of the diocese and regarding individuals who have come forward and identified themselves as victims of child sexual abuse. “In light of everything taking place nationally in the Catholic Church, I would like to share some numbers from our diocese, thereby accounting…
St. Jerome’s parish picnic provides more than politics BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC On Aug. 4, 2018, crowds flocked to the far west end of Kentucky for St. Jerome Parish Picnic’s famous barbeque and slightly more infamous political speeches. But for all of the media attention given to the afternoon politics –…
Three priests to speak at fifth annual Vocare BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Fr. Richard Powers, 85, remembers when his father was near the end of his life, homebound and could not get to Mass.
BY JOE BLAND, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC I had a young woman who was a member of our parish tell me right after she and her husband married that in the two years that they came to our parish, my wife and I were the only people ever to greet them.
BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Ginny Knight-Simon has countless stories of the people she encountered during her role as director of the Diocese of Owensboro’s Office of Wisdom. But one story sticks out to her as particularly poignant.
BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC The Diocese of Owensboro is taking strides to assist those suffering from the historic floods in Kerala state, India.
New volunteer-driven ministry offers support, resources BY DANNY MAY, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC The pain of suffering a miscarriage is difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have someone to talk with who has been through the experience before. Now, thanks to a caring group of volunteers, the Diocese of Owensboro has resources…
Download a PDF of Bishop Medley’s Statement Here Download a PDF of Bishop Medley’s Statement in Spanish Here Sin is real. In our own lives and in our contemporary society we may strive to find another word, another way, to portray the willful disdain for God and God’s ways. Maybe a word with a little…
BY WKC STAFF Western Kentucky is home to three universities that provide on-campus formation for Catholic students. As college students prepare to leave home for their fall semester, check out these resources to help them grow in their Catholic faith. For Catholic campus ministry resources outside the Diocese of Owensboro’s boundaries, visit newmanconnection.com.
BY FR. RICHARD MEREDITH, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC From time to time I have asked boys and young men if they have ever thought about the priesthood. Most have admitted that they had.
BY JOE BLAND, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Peter preached at Pentecost, and three thousand persons were baptized.