Around the Diocese

‘An extension of the healing ministry of Jesus’

Healthcare workers gather for ‘White Mass’ BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC At the Oct. 21 White Mass at St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro, Bishop William F. Medley referred to the vocation of healthcare workers as “an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

‘For a beautiful child of God’

St. Leo’s quilting ministry provides newly-baptized babies with gift to cherish BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC There is something about a quilt that is comforting and welcoming.

‘A little bit of everything’

Diocese’s V National Encuentro delegates reflect on Hispanic/Latino gathering BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC The Sept. 20-23, 2018 V National Encuentro conference in Grapevine, Texas, was “emotional” but also “fun,” said Claudia Valladares, one of the Diocese of Owensboro’s delegates to the gathering.

Local Immigration Attorney to Lead Catholic Charities

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that Susan Montalvo-Gesser has accepted the position of Director of Catholic Charities effective January 2, 2019. Montalvo-Gesser will assume the position at the McRaith Catholic Center left vacant in June 2018 by retiring director, Rita Heinz.

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.