Around the Diocese

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…

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2018 Priest Assignments

Parish Pastor Barrera, Rev. JulioPastor, Holy Redeemer Parish in Beaver Dam and Holy Trinity Parish in Morgantown, effective June 12, 2018. Harpole, Rev. Ryan   Pastor, St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green, effective June 12, 2018. Johnson, Rev. Brian Pastor, St. Pius X Parish in Calvert City and St. Anthony Parish in Grand Rivers, effective June 12,…

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‘Happy to be home’ St. Francis of Assisi Parish dedicated on Dec. 9

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic   The line of people processing from St. Francis of Assisi Parish’s fellowship hall into the new church building on Dec. 9, 2017 just kept coming – until the church was filled to capacity, with standing room only. However, the several hundred parishioners and friends of the…

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Diocesan Archives launches first online collections catalog

By Heidi Taylor-Caudill, archivist, Diocese of Owensboro The Diocese of Owensboro Archives has launched its first online collections catalog highlighting rare and historic documents and artifacts from the diocesan collections. As with most archives, the Diocese of Owensboro Archives faces the challenge of making historical information from our collections more accessible while preserving materials that…

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Horarios de las Celebraciones de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe 2017

Horarios de las Celebraciones de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe 2017 San Miguel en Sebree, KY 3-11 de Diciembre: Novena 11 de Diciembre: Novena final y procession a las 10:30 p.m. 12 de Diciembre: Mañanitas a las 12 a.m., Misa Solemne a las 12:30 a.m.

Community Encouraged to #iGiveCatholic

The Diocese of Owensboro invites you to kick off the charitable season on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017, with #iGiveCatholic – an online crowdfunding event that brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. The Diocese of Owensboro is one of 17 participating archdioceses and dioceses for #iGiveCatholic. Considered the most successful…

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Bishop Medley’s Statement on Launch of ‘Share the Journey’ Campaign

Dear People of the Diocese of Owensboro, Today, September 27, 2017, Pope Francis is officially launching the worldwide, year-long “Share the Journey” campaign. This campaign is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA and the Church’s global charitable network, Caritas Internationalis. The launch of this global campaign…

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Bishop Medley’s Statement on DACA Decision

This following is a statement from Most Reverend William F. Medley, Bishop for the Diocese of Owensboro, regarding the Administration’s decision to end DACA. Following the statement is the Spanish translation.  For many years, the issue of immigration has been a very difficult subject throughout our country. Our government has to date proven itself unable…

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Diocese Announces Superintendent for Schools

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that Ann Flaherty has accepted the position of superintendent of Catholic Schools effective August 1, 2017. Flaherty was originally named interim superintendent following Jim Mattingly’s retirement announcement. Mattingly retired as superintendent on July 31, 2017 after 13 years of service. Flaherty has 33 years of teaching and…

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Archives launches interactive Catholic cemeteries map

Archivist hopes map will assist genealogists, further research opportunities By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Cemeteries are important for many reasons. They serve practical purposes and emotional purposes, as well spiritual purposes in the Catholic Church, which upholds “burying the dead” as a corporal work of mercy. But for genealogists and archivists, cemeteries fill…

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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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