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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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Mercy Always: ‘Admonishing the sinner’ done in light of God’s love

‘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.