Around the Diocese

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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Girls learn virtues, lives of the saints, via St. Therese-themed club

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sixty-two little girls filled the hallway inside Owensboro Catholic School’s K-3 Campus in the afternoon of March 3, 2020, their voices raised in happy chatter as adult leaders organized them into a line. Though they were of varying ages – kindergarten through third grade – all had…

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Hopkinsville parish kicks off anti-porn project with Safe Haven Sunday

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hopkinsville recently launched a new anti-pornography program from the Diocese of Owensboro and according to parish team member Dee Dailey, “the response from parishioners has been good.”

Bishop abuse reporting service launched

In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter, “Vos estis lux mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church. “Vos estis” calls upon the metropolitan archbishops to undertake the responsibilities for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops that pertain…

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Mandates From Bishop Medley

A few hours ago, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to free up federal resources to combat coronavirus, and this morning Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recommended that senior centers temporarily discontinue all in-person activities. This is a constantly evolving situation and the concerns across our diocese are very real. Therefore, as of…

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Statement Regarding Suspension of Mass

All of us at the Diocese of Owensboro are very concerned about the health and safety of our parishioners and the broader community in light of the outbreak of COVID19 in the Commonwealth. We have communicated with pastors and those who assist them about our liturgical practices, including options for the sign of peace, hygiene…

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Statement Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019

Amid concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Diocese of Owensboro would like to take this time to share some information with our priests, parishioners, students, and staff. The diocese is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Kentucky…

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