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Diocese Releases Allegation Statistics

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…

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‘Truly homegrown’

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 –…

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‘Making the mercy of God visible in the world’

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.

Why people are ‘leaving Communion to find communion’

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.

Embracing those who suffer a miscarriage

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…

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Three local universities provide Catholic campus ministry resources

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.

Updates made to NFP resources in western Kentucky

BY DANNY MAY, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC With this year being the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, the Diocese of Owensboro Office of Marriage and Family Life is especially excited to promote and draw attention to Natural Family Planning (NFP).

Community relies on parish’s thrift store, food pantry

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC At the Diocese of Owensboro’s 2014 Chrism Mass, Barbara Fitzhugh introduced herself to her incoming new pastor and suggested a plan that could change the lives of countless people in Edmonson County.

From Kentucky to Italy

Passionist nun named superior of monastery connected to St. Gemma Galgani shrine BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC When Sr. Catherine Marie Schuhmann, CP, a contemplative Passionist nun in Whitesville, was directly called upon by the Holy See to become the superior of an Italian monastery attached to the shrine of St. Gemma…

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‘Walking together with Christ’

Diocesan Corpus Christi procession takes Jesus into the streets By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Joe Bland’s initial thoughts at the end of the June 2, 2018 diocesan Corpus Christi procession were, “İBien hecho! Well done!” Bland, the Diocese of Owensboro’s director of the Office of Evangelization, said he was “pleasantly surprised” at…

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Religious sister reflects on love for Mary

By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic When Sr. Bellarmine Ezumah, DMMM, learned that Pope Francis had established a new memorial honoring the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, “I was excited about it,” she said.