Around the Diocese

‘Hope and poignancy’ at 2020 Chrism Mass, postponed for 10 weeks due to pandemic

  BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Owensboro looked different this year. Christopher Grief, diocesan seminarian currently interning at St. Stephen Cathedral, told The Western Kentucky Catholic that “amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, life as we know it has been altered.”

Gasper River to bring traveling day camps to youth around western Kentucky

‘Gasper on the Go’ to take place in eight cities within the diocese BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC 7/2/2020 Update: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center announced on June 30 that due to lack of registrations, all but two locations have since been cancelled. They will be in Owensboro on…

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Former employee involved in civil suit

It has been brought to the attention of the Diocese of Owensboro that a former employee of three western Kentucky parishes is part of a larger civil suit alleging abuse against minors in the Archdiocese of Agaña. Based on archived Diocesan directories, Ray Caluag served as the music director at the following locations in the…

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Hope fulfilled: First ordination of a Burmese priest in the U.S. takes place May 23

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Locust Street in front of St. Stephen Cathedral had an unusual sight in the late morning of May 23, 2020:  a drive-by car parade of honking, cheering St. Pius X parishioners holding up homemade signs to congratulate Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than, who had been ordained just…

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Local cloistered nuns explain how isolation can open ‘doorways to God’

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC A community of cloistered nuns living in a secluded corner of Daviess County have found that their already “social distancing” lifestyle can provide practical application for non-cloistered people trying to grow in their faith amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A priests’ priest: Catholics of western Kentucky recall the joy-filled life of Fr. Joseph M. Mills

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Everyone knew that Fr. Joe Mills, who passed away on April 4, 2020 at age 92, loved being a priest. And not only that, but he was also known for loving and supporting his fellow priests, said Fr. J. Patrick Reynolds, vicar general for the Diocese of…

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While unable to gather in person, western Kentuckians shine the light of Easter from their homes

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Ordinarily, The Western Kentucky Catholic’s post-Easter issue features an array of photos from that year’s Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Some memorable pictures have included the searing “Via Crucis” portrayal of Jesus’ walk to Calvary, as depicted by Sts. Joseph and Paul parishioners in the streets of…

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Diocese Launches #iGiveCatholicTogether

In the midst of the current pandemic, known as COVID-19, the Diocese of Owensboro is excited to offer an opportunity to support your favorite parish, school or ministry in this time of need. We have partnered with iGiveCatholic, an online giving platform. This campaign is branded as #iGiveCatholicTogether. With Mass in our parishes currently suspended…

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