“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
“Vayan, pues, y hagan para que todos los pueblos sean mis discípulos. Bautícenlos en el Nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, y enséñenles a cumplir todo lo que yo les he encomendado a ustedes. Yo estoy con ustedes todos los días hasta el fin del mundo.”
Letter from Most Reverend William F. Medley
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Misericordiae Vultus” (Merciful like the Father) proclaimed by Pope Francis, is a very special time for the Church. It is an opportunity to meet the real needs of people in our communities while experiencing the mercy of God in our own lives. We have received so much mercy, why should we not extend mercy to others?
Everything we do as a diocese in western Kentucky should always reflect the mercy of God. My hope is that these pages will share with you the vision we have for the Diocese over the next three years as outlined through our strategic Pastoral Plan. We want to represent the Church as being “merciful, open and welcoming to all.” We also believe in fostering a sense of discipleship “among Catholics of all ages.” Finally, our Pastoral Plan outlines ways for us to provide resources demonstrating the “dignity of the human person and the importance of the family.”
The fiscal and spiritual responsibility of the people of our diocese is taken seriously. We realize that in order for true evangelization to take place, opportunities must be provided for ministries and offices to thrive and extend mercy to those they come in contact with daily. Our programs and ministries are a direct reflection of those in our Church who share their time and talent, ensuring the Church’s mission to be a light to the world.
It is with my deepest sincerity that I thank you for making the Catholic Church of western Kentucky a flourishing example of God’s mercy and love.
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend William F. Medley
Bishop, Diocese of Owensboro