KentuckyOne program makes house calls

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor A new program offered by KentuckyOne Health is reaching out to people from low-income neighborhoods who struggle with multiple health problems. Among them is Carrie Brown, an elderly widow living alone in South Louisville. She had a series of falls a few months ago and landed in a local […]


Hope in the Lord — Expecting the unexpected

I just wrote a note to Alex Kupper. I had to compliment him for his wonderful interview in the most recent edition of the National Catholic Register. Mr. Kupper has just joined the National Football League’s Houston team as an offensive lineman. In this article, he witnessed to the reality of the sacrifice he has […]

Carol Nord, executive director of Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, right, greeted eighth-grade student Kandice Covington on the first day of classes Aug. 20. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz joined the students, faculty and staff for morning prayer at the school on East Liberty Street. Deacon Brian Karley, center, is pastoral administrator at St. Boniface Church. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Safety, tech updates new this school year

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor As of today, all Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Louisville have returned to the classroom. They have found that their classes appear very much as usual, with just a few exceptions, according to Leisa Schulz, superintendent of Catholic schools. All elementary schools will be offering a new […]


Seminarians from seven dioceses gather

By Rick Musacchio and Marnie McAllister About 120 men — nearly all of the seminarians for the seven dioceses that make up the province of Louisville — met for a first-of-its-kind gathering Aug. 11-13 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in south central Kentucky. The gathering, also attended by six bishops and diocesan vocation directors, […]

Young people in traditional dress cheer as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with representatives of religious communities working in South Korea during an encounter in Kkottongnae, South Korea, Aug. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Forgiveness key to Korean reunification, says pope

By Francis X. Rocca and Simone Orendain, Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis told Korean Catholics that the reunification of their divided peninsula as well as the harmony of South Korean society depend on the practice of Gospel virtues, especially charity and forgiveness. God’s promise to restore unity and prosperity to “a […]

About 750 Catholic elementary school teachers attended a liturgy at St. Gabriel Church Aug. 8 to mark the beginning of a new school year. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Teachers begin school year in prayer

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor About 750 Catholic educators filled St. Gabriel Church in Fern Creek Aug. 8 to begin the new school year with prayer. Representatives of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s 37 Catholic elementary schools attended the annual liturgy, celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz. It was followed by a picnic and an awards […]


Hope in the Lord — The St. Jerome picnic

Bishop John McRaith of Owensboro often talked to me about Fancy Farm and the famous St. Jerome Parish Picnic, which celebrated its 134th anniversary this year. For nearly 100 of those years, it has provided a great political event for Kentucky — one that attracts virtually every person running for office in Kentucky and more […]


Jason Harris is ordained a deacon

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz ordained Jason Harris to the diaconate Aug. 9 at the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, Ky. This summer, Deacon Harris will serve at Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown, Ky., and Holy Rosary Church in Manton, Ky. Read more about Deacon Harris here.

A man and three children flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar, Iraq, Aug. 10. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 Yezidi ethnic minorities, an Iraqi human rights minister said. (CNS photo/Rodi Said, Reuters)

U.S. bishops, parishes asked to pray for peace in Iraq

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international policy committee has asked the nation’s Catholic bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq Aug. 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, who is chairman of the bishops’ Committee of International Justice and […]

Participants of Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ (TEC), including Father Michael Wimsatt, far right, process from Flaget Hall to St. Lawrence Church for a reconciliation service Aug. 2. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

TEC marks anniversary in archdiocese

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer More than two dozen young people recently took part in a Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ (TEC) retreat at the Flaget Center, an event that marked the fifth TEC weekend hosted by the Archdiocese of Louisville. In the two years since the first TEC was offered by the archdiocese, […]


Archbishop Kurtz speaks on religious liberty at Fancy Farm

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor FANCY FARM, Ky. — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz joined in the political melee Aug. 2 at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic sponsored by St. Jerome Church near Paducah, Ky. The Catholic parish’s summer picnic has long been central to Kentucky’s political campaigns. Last weekend, its speakers’ platform featured U.S. Sen. […]

The Conventual Franciscan Friars who have launched a new outreach program to young adults at Bellarmine University and throughout the community are, from left to right, Father John Pozhathuparambil, Father Tony Vattaparambil, Father Sebastian Pendanathu, Provincial of St. Maximilian Kolbe Province in India, and Father Leo Payyappilly. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

Franciscans from India begin new ministry

By Glenn Rutherford and Marnie McAllister, Record Staff Writers The house at 1801 Harvard Drive fits right in with all the other Highlands homes near the campus of Bellarmine University. There’s only one minor difference — in the front yard stands a statue of St. Francis of Assisi which also notes that the home is […]


Hope in the Lord — The Sacred Heart of Jesus and God’s love for us

Here is the homily I preached on Friday, June 27 at the closing Mass for the Marten Program of Homiletics and Liturgics at Notre Dame University: When you discover that someone loves you, it can change your whole outlook on life. You were built to be loved. That is how God created you and genuine […]


Former teacher on the road to priesthood

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Seminarian Jason F. Harris, who also happens to be a national board certified teacher, will be ordained to the diaconate on Aug. 9 at the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, Ky. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will preside at the 11 a.m. liturgy. Harris, 35, is one of 17 […]


St. Mary Academy teacher wins award

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Terry Sadolsky, the learning differences and special needs coordinator at Saint Mary Academy, has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Irene Casey Inclusion Award. The award, which is administered by the Archdiocese of Louisville, is given to an educator, counselor or administrator “who exemplifies excellence in special […]


Archbishop Kurtz asks bishops to join in prayer for peace

Dear Brother Bishops, May God bless you! On Sunday, July 20, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, prayed for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world.  He mentioned in particular the Middle East and Ukraine, singling out the terrible crisis of Christians in Iraq with these words:  “Today our brothers are persecuted.  […]

Father Charles D. Walker, the new chaplain for Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Louisville, and Sarah Fellows, the Catholic campus minister, are pictured outside the schoolÕs Interfaith Center recently. The Archdiocese of Louisville is committing new resources to expand its ministry to Catholic students at U of L. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Catholic campus ministry expands at U of L

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Last week as Catholic campus ministers at the University of Louisville’s Interfaith Center discussed their ministry, a student talking on his cell phone appeared outside and took a seat on the center’s concrete steps. He looked upset. When he hung up, he began pacing. The center’s new full-time chaplain excused himself […]

Archdiocesan News

Trinity adds new formation component in athletics

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer For the first time since 1992, Trinity High School has revised its mission statement. The new statement says: “Trinity is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school, forming men of faith and men of character.” The revised mission statement also comes with a new initiative aimed at enhancing the latter portion […]


Ursuline Sister Mary Perpetua Nauert dies at 82

Ursuline Sister of Louisville Mary Perpetua Nauert, 82, died Aug. 28 at Mercy Sacred Heart in Louisville. She was a native of Louisville and had been an Ursuline Sister since 1953. In Louisville, Sister Nauert taught in the 1950’s and 1960’s at Holy Spirit, St. Leo, St. Clement, St. Rita, Holy Trinity and St. Helen […]


Archbishop’s Oct. 13 blog from Rome

In his latest blog post, Archbishop Kurtz describes two experiences from the synod in Rome and shares a video from Canada’s Salt and Light that takes a look “inside the synod.” … It is getting more difficult to choose the best experiences to write about, but I would like to share two from yesterday. At […]