Around the Diocese

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.

Different cultures, one in Christ

Maya Catholic speaker coming to western Kentucky By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic In May 2018, a speaker will come to western Kentucky to address the local population of Maya Catholics – communities who come from southern Mexico and Central America, speak numerous indigenous languages, and descend from native cultures of thousands of…

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Four Catholic school students named Governor’s Scholars; two alternates

The Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that four students from the three Catholic high schools have been chosen to participate in the 2018 Governor’s Scholars Program this summer. Both Owensboro Catholic and Trinity have an alternate in case someone is unable to participate.

Diocesan opportunities for ‘Encounter’

By Danny May, Special to The Western Kentucky Catholic When Bishop Medley called us to prayer during a Year of Encounter, he reminded us all of Pope Francis’ words from Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) to declare “a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction” (No.261).…

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‘Something bigger than myself’

 New Catholics reflect on community, blessings of Catholicism By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, The Western Kentucky Catholic Joining the Catholic Church is a daunting experience for many, even – or especially – for thosewho had great faith experiences when growing up in non-Catholic churches.

New Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that David Kessler has accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools effective July 1, 2018. Kessler will join Superintendent Ann Flaherty and Administrative Assistant Lauren Johnson at the McRaith Catholic Center. “The Diocese of Owensboro Catholic School’s Office is thrilled to welcome David Kessler to…

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2018 parish picnics list is now available online

Parish picnics and cooking teams are a beloved tradition in the Diocese of Owensboro, dating back many generations. Parishioners and members of the local community enjoy gathering to celebrate great food, fun games and lively fellowship during the warmest months of the year. 

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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