Social Concerns

47th March for Life Trip

The Diocese of Owensboro is in the planning stages of offering an adult and family oriented trip to the 47th annual March for life in Washington DC on January 24, 2020 to be the voices for the voiceless unborn and advocate for the sanctity of human life.  You are invited to be part of this trip.

A bus trip is planned to depart from Owensboro, KY on the evening of January 22, 2020 and travel through the night to Washington DC. The group will arrive there in the early afternoon of January 23 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in DC, the site of the national March for Life Conference to check in for a two-night stay. That evening, the group will travel to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for Mass the before the March the next day.

On the morning of January 24, the day of the March, the group will gather to celebrate Mass, and then travel to the National Mall, the site of the rally and the site for the beginning of the March. At the National Mall, a pre-rally concert will take place, followed by the rally, and the beginning of the March around 1 PM. After the March, travelers will be on their own to explore Washington for the balance of the day. After spending a night at the hotel, the group will take part in about two hours of sightseeing in Washington and then board the bus for the return trip to Owensboro. The group will return back to Owensboro either late that night of January 25 or in the early morning hours of January 26, 2020.

Trip costs will include the cost of a passenger seat on the bus, the price of two nights at the hotel and their meals. Persons who may wish to be a part of the trip are asked to respond to Richard Murphy by mail, email or call. His address is Diocese of Owensboro, 600 Locust St., Owensboro, KY 42301. Richard can be reached by phone at 270-683-1545. His email address is: [email protected]. A $50 deposit to register is required for the trip on or before October 25, 2019. More details on costs and trip plans will be made available as soon as they are known.

The Diocesan Mission Statement recognizes three areas of ministry as essential to carrying out the mission of the Church:  Education, Worship, and Social Concerns.

The Office of Social Concerns implements the U.S. Bishops’ call to the Catholic community, in their 1994 document, “Communities of Salt and Light,” to make Social Justice the mission of the whole church rather than the responsibility of a few.  It assists the Catholic community to bear witness to the truth as expressed by Pope John Paul II that “faith working through love” is the sign of authentic discipleship.

The Diocesan Office of Social Justice encourages the Community to a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, and provides resources for implementing this teaching through strategies for effective action.  The Office of Social Concerns assists the Catholic community in engaging in its role of “seeking the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will” as stated in the Vatican II document, “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.”


Please click here to read a brief document, which is Part I and II of a summary of the US bishops’ reflection, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which complements the teaching of bishops in dioceses and states. It will also include a two page section on Civil Dialogue and a two page section on What is Conscience?