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 […]

From left Buck O'Connor, Zoe Page, Amanda Hsieh and "Grump" (Tom O'Connor) stand in front of ÒTank,Ó a 1978 camper bus, at a filming of  "A Day with Uncle FunBuck" June 26 on Lowell Avenue. (Record

St. Raphael parishioner creates children’s show

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Children throughout Kentucky may soon have a new television program to watch featuring people and places throughout the Commonwealth. Buck O’Connor, a parishioner at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, aims to be this generation’s Mister Rogers with his show, called “A Day with Uncle FunBuck.” “Ever since Mister Rogers died, […]


Bridge will be named for a Sister of Loretto

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor MANTON, Ky. — If you’ve ever crossed Hardin’s Creek near Manton, Ky., by car, you’ve driven on what locals call “Sodelbia’s Bridge.” The concrete bridge on Kentucky Route 1183 span’s the creek that separates Washington and Marion Counties on the edge of Manton. The bridge was erected in the […]

Supporters of traditional marriage held up signs on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington June 19 at the second annual March for Marriage. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Archbishop: Marriage is more than friendship

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor In response to the U.S. District Court’s decision last week that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said that all people deserve deep respect, love and friendship. “But we cannot reduce marriage to just another form of friendship,” he said during a phone interview […]


Hundreds gather for Fortnight Mass

By Sarah Hinds, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — A deep appreciation for religious liberty brought Anh Thu Vu of the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass July 4. She told Catholic News Service about her experience with religious persecution. […]


After 68 years, organist ready to retire

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor FREDERICKTOWN, Ky. — Louise Nally started playing the organ at her parish, Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown, at age 12. That was back in 1946 when she was still known as Louise Hamilton and played under the tutelage of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph. On Aug. 3, Nally will […]


Bishops laud court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means “justice has prevailed,” said two U.S. archbishops. “We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize that […]

Pro-life demonstrators celebrated June 30 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as its decision in the Hobby Lobby case is announced. The high court ruled that owners of closely held corporations can object on religious grounds to being forced by t he government to provide coverage of contraceptives for their employees. (CNS photo)

Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives

By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the two […]


Catholic Education Foundation receives $1 million gift

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is one step closer to its goal of providing tuition assistance to all families who wish to send their children to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville. David and Betty Jones recently announced their intention to donate $1 million to the foundation. David […]


Hope in the Lord — Barnabas, son of encouragement

Two weeks ago, I delivered a homily to the bishops of the United States at our annual spring meeting, which was held this year in New Orleans. The Mass occurred on the feast of St. Barnabas (June 11), and I focused on the meaning of St. Barnabas’ name (“son of encouragement”) and quality of encouragement. […]

Gary Boice, center, sat with children at Brother Paulin School in Jérémie, Haiti, in 2012. Boice’s program, Tek4Kids, provides technological education through the use of laptops and iPad computers to students in five elementary schools and one secondary school in Jérémie. (Photo Special to The Record)

Technology program helps students in Haiti

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Since his first visit to Haiti in 2006, Gary Boice has been committed to helping Haitian people climb their way out of poverty. And he’s done more than lament their fate — he’s taken steps to help. Boice operates a program called Tek4Kids at several schools in Haiti where […]


Catholic Charities will celebrate 75 years

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Catholic Charities of Louisville is celebrating its 75th anniversary — three quarters of a century in which the agency studied the needs of the community and responded with a helping hand, according to its executive director, Steve Bogus. To mark the occasion, Catholic Charities will hold a 75th anniversary […]


CrossRoads Ministry adds summer interns

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor CrossRoads Ministry, a retreat ministry sponsored by St. William Church, expects to serve about 1,700 people this year, treating them to a host of retreats tailored to people of all ages. The ministry, centered in urban West Louisville at 12th and Oak streets, began 15 years ago — a […]

Fans cheered at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach, Calif., June 16, after the U.S. scored a second goal during the 2014 Brazil World Cup soccer match against Ghana. Team USA defeated Ghana 2-1 in their first game of the 2014 World Cup. (CNS photo)

Brazilian churches offer Masses in multiple languages for World Cup

By Lise Alves,  Catholic News Service SAO PAULO — Catholic churches in cities hosting the World Cup have scheduled Masses in different languages to better welcome international fans and players. Church officials asked priests who speak English, French, German, Italian and Spanish to celebrate Masses in these languages when the foreign teams are in their […]


Fortnight for Freedom set June 21 to July 4

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville and dioceses across the nation will observe the third annual Fortnight for Freedom — a campaign to promote religious liberty — June 21 to July 4. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Freedom to Serve.” It will center on “the link between religious liberty […]


Multicultural Pentecost Celebration held June 8

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The people of the Archdiocese of Louisville nearly filled the Cathedral of the Assumption to take part in a Multicultural Pentecost Celebration June 8. The event began with praise music followed by Mass celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz. The celebration, sponsored by the archdiocese’s Office of Multicultural Ministry, […]


St. Martha students aid Nicaraguan children

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Students at St. Martha School are helping children in Nicaragua overcome poverty — one bracelet at a time. Last month the students sold colorful, hand-woven bracelets — called pulseras — made by children and adults in Nicaragua through a social justice ministry called the Pulsera Project. The Pulsera Project […]

Trinity High School senior-to-be Chad Hargadon, left, received instruction on how to engrave names into a tombstone May 27 from Trinity theology and art teacher Holly McGuire. Members of Trinity’s Green Cross Service Club are learning how to stencil, engrave, chisel and paint tombstones for indigent people buried in the city’s two potter’s fields.  (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Trinity students make tombstones for the indigent

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer As the school year came to a close, several students at Trinity High School were still hard at work in the art labs at the school on Shelbyville Road. But it wasn’t for a final project or a summer class. The students were learning how to stencil, chisel, engrave […]


Hope in the Lord — Pope and patriarch meet

The coverage of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the Holy Land was excellent. What a whirlwind visit it was — meetings with leaders of Israel and Palestine, visiting the holy shrines, praying at sacred walls and walls that separate, embracing rabbis and imams, inviting presidents of Israel and Palestine to join him in Rome for […]

Archbishop Kurtz anoints Fr. Cockson's hands. (Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Father David Cockson is ordained

Father David Cockson was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville May 31 by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at the Cathedral of the Assumption. During the special liturgy, Archbishop Kurtz offered thanks to those who supported Father Cockson during his journey to the priesthood. Father Cockson’s journey took longer than most. Read more about […]

Morgan Porter, an eight-grader at Holy Family School, and Alli Sargent, a second-grader, prepared to present the gifts of bread and wine at the closing Mass for Holy Family School May 27. The 91-year-old school on Poplar Level Road will close at the end of this school year. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Holy Family School hosts closing liturgy

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Faculty, students, alumni and friends of Holy Family School gathered one last time for a school liturgy on May 27. The 91-year old school at 3926 Poplar Level Road announced earlier this year that it will close at the end of this school year. Father Harry Gelthaus, pastor of […]

Pope Francis stopped in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo)

In Holy Land, pope reaches out to Muslims, Jews

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — Pope Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region. At his first appearance May 26, Pope Francis […]


Catholic Cemeteries honoring Armed Forces

In observance of Memorial Day, Catholic Cemeteries is honoring men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces, active military and veterans. Throughout the month of May, families are invited to leave tribute letters for past and present service members in a box located in the Catholic Cemeteries office building at Calvary Cemetery, […]

Jubilarians who attended the annual Presbyteral Jubilee Mass celebrated the liturgy with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, center. They are, from right, Fathers J. Roy Stiles, Thomas A. Hommrich, Troy D. Overton, Joseph F. Hayden, James T. Mudd and Robert E. Osborne. Deacon Shayne Duvall is at far left. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Mass honors the ministry of nine priests

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Local clergy honored the ministry of nine priests Tuesday evening, May 20, during an intimate liturgy at the Cathedral of the Assumption. The annual Presbyteral Jubilee Mass — attended primarily by clergy members — honors priests celebrating 25, 50 and 60 years of priesthood. This year’s honorees include Fathers […]

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Catholic Services Appeal declared a success

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The 2014 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA), which began in the fall, is nearing its completion with its $3 million goal in sight. As of May 19, the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Stewardship and Development reported total donations and pledges of $2,930,000 or 98 percent of its goal. “The […]


Hope in the Lord — ‘Mass Mobs’ and other acts of creativity

I must admit that I did not understand the meaning of a “flash mob” when I first encountered it in a TV commercial. Now I know this phrase describes the phenomenon of people showing up at a place, coordinated by Twitter or some other form of digital media, to make a public statement. From the […]

Students from Akila Iyer prepared for a sacred dance. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Sacred music focus of festival’s opening event

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor A crowd of about 400 people gathered for the Center for Interfaith Relations’ annual Festival of Faiths interfaith prayer service May 13 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. The event marked the beginning of a week-long celebration of the diverse faith traditions in the Louisville area. Tuesday’s “Interfaith Service: A […]

The Friars of Our Lady of Consolation, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and members of the Franciscan Shelter House's board of directors broke ground on a new facility May 7.

Franciscan Shelter House breaks ground on addition

The Franciscan Shelter House at 748 S. Preston Street held a ground-breaking ceremony May 7 for a new expansion. The Friars of Our Lady of Consolation of Mount St. Francis, Ind., Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and members of the shelter house’s board of directors took part in the ceremony. One half of the new 6,800-square-foot […]


Community Catholic realizes successes

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Community Catholic Center (CCC), at 25th and Slevin Streets in Portland, made Catholic education accessible to 48 students living in Portland and West Louisville this year. Among them is Ambra Goff, a senior at Holy Cross High School. Ambra plans to attend Bellarmine University in the fall and hopes […]

Seven of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s 17 seminarians served at the Mass of Ordination of Deacons Shayne Duvall and Peter Bucalo March 15. The seminarians, pictured with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, are (from left) Tony Cecil, Brandon DeToma, Steven Reeves, David Farrell, Sean McKinley, Daniel Ross and Jason Harris. (Record File Photo by Jessica Able)

Vocation directors gather in Louisville

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Vocations to the priesthood are holding steady or rising in some places in Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana, according to representatives of six dioceses who gathered in Louisville last week. The Archdiocese of Louisville hosted the region 5 meeting of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors April 30 to […]

Students at John Paul II Academy presented the gifts of bread and wine to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at a special liturgy honoring the school’s namesake, St. John Paul II, on April 30. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

John Paul II Academy holds special liturgy

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Students at John Paul II Academy attended a special liturgy April 30 in honor of the newly-canonized St. John Paul II, their school’s patron. Lynn Wilt, principal of John Paul II Academy, said the Mass was a way to acknowledge the historic moment and to honor the late pontiff. […]


Hope in the Lord — School reunions

This is the season for graduations and school reunions. I recently went back to Pennsylvania for a reunion and 50th anniversary celebration of my high school class of 1964. It was a great weekend. My good friend and classmate (since fourth-grade!), Msgr. Robert Wargo not only gave to me free lodging in his rectory outside […]


Prayers for victims of trafficking

Under a flapping American flag and across the street from Louisville’s Hall of Justice, about 60 people gathered April 29 to pray for victims of human trafficking. Local women religious organized the service at Sixth and Jefferson streets for the week of the Kentucky Derby to raise awareness about the problem at major sporting events. […]


Teaching Our Faith — Why the church reveres Mary

As I thought about how to introduce this series of teaching editorials on our Blessed Mother Mary, I could not help but remember fifty-one years ago this fall when I entered St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia to study for the priesthood. Coming from a little coal town two hours north, I had never experienced life […]


Assumption grad had first-hand view of canonization

By Leslie Knopf, Special to The Record The chants of “sainthood now!” that once rang throughout St. Peter’s square years ago at the death of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were finally fulfilled on the morning of April 27 as Pope Francis canonized the two former pontiffs. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims — […]


Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes Sts. John and John Paul

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient […]

St. Francis of Assisi School eighth-graders, from left, Sophia Frommeyer, Tess Whitfield and Julia Holland, spoke to John and Renée Rothschild during the filming of a documentary about Holocaust survivors. The Rothschilds were among seven survivors interviewed by Catholic and Jewish middle school students about their experiences and about the way they lived life after the genocide. (Photo Special to The Record by Fred Whittaker)

Student film documents Holocaust survivors

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor In a short documentary film they’ve created, local middle school students say two things could prevent future horrors such as the Holocaust: Speak up when you witness an injustice and get to know people before you judge them. “The Holocaust started with just a little bit of hate,” said […]

Adam Brown, left, and Nick Kopriva, both juniors at Trinity High School, leveled dirt at Meadow View Cemetery on April 16. Students from Trinity and Presentation Academy worked at the cemetery for the indigent as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give A Day” program. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Students take part in ‘Give a Day’ service program

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Students from Trinity High School and Presentation Academy planted boxwood hedges, built benches and picked up trash at Meadow View Cemetery — a cemetery for the indigent — on Holy Thursday. The service work was done in conjunction with Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give A Day” initiative, a weeklong program […]


Hope in the Lord — A tale of two saints

My favorite passage from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, calls us to: “… stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction!” (#261) Pope Francis expresses a new energy and enthusiasm that shouts out and exhorts. Some call it a new confidence and attraction […]

Pope Francis greets the crowd after delivering his Easter blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts of caring and sharing. Proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ resurrection means giving concrete witness “to unconditional and faithful love,” he said […]


An Easter message from Archbishop Kurtz

May God bless you as we begin the Sacred Triduum today. This is a time to take part in the special liturgies and to pray privately that we, as individuals and as the family of the Church, might draw close to the Person of Jesus to encounter his saving love and be changed. During the […]


Faithful, priests called to renewal at Chrism Mass

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The sacred Chrism and other oils used for anointing throughout the liturgical year were consecrated and blessed during an evening liturgy April 15 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. During the celebration, the priests of the Archdiocese of Louisville renewed the promises they made at their ordinations. Archbishop Joseph E. […]

Pope Francis carries palms as he walks in procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (April 14, 2014)

Pope: Which Gospel personality do you resemble?

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection they resemble most. “Where is my heart? Which of these people […]

Youth from Holy Rosary Church in Manton, Ky., attended Mass at St. Martin de Porres Church before the 31st Annual African American Day of Reflection April 5. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

African American Day of Reflection held

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Nearly 150 people, including 40 youth, from the Archdiocese of Louisville gathered at the Catholic Enrichment Center for the 31st Annual African American Day of Reflection April 5. The theme of the day-long assembly was “The New Evangelization: Continuing Our Conversion Journey.” Participants from a number of parishes including […]

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz gestures to Deacon Aurelio Puga during the fifth annual Hispanic Day of Reflection held April 5 at the Maloney Center. About 60 people attended the event. (Photo Special to The Record by Ruby Thomas)

Hispanics Catholics attend fifth annual gathering

By Ruby Thomas, Special to The Record Close to 60 members of the Hispanic Catholic community gathered for the fifth annual Hispanic Day of Reflection Saturday, April 5, at the Maloney Center. The group, which included children, youth and adults, took part in workshops and discussions under the theme “Llamados a Ser Una Familia Evangelizadora” […]


Pride in Flaget High School still survives

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Last week while the city recalled the nearly-incomprehensible destruction of the April 3, 1974, tornado, another group in the Archdiocese of Louisville was recalling a second significant event that occurred that same spring. Members of the Flaget Alumni Association met with a reporter to discuss the closing of their beloved […]


Hope in the Lord — ‘Christ our Light’

Hard as it is to believe, this coming Sunday begins the holiest week of the year: Holy Week. I can already anticipate the darkened skies on Holy Saturday night, the new fire that will light the paschal candle, and the deacon chanting: “Christ our Light.” So many throughout the archdiocese have been preparing for this […]

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Committee to discuss death penalty Aug. 1

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Last week in California, a federal judge ruled that the state’s death penalty system was so broken that it was unconstitutional — it unfairly left inmates with uncertain fates, often for years on end. That was good news to people in Kentucky who’ve long opposed capital punishment, people such as […]


Medical Mission Sister Katherine Jobson, 91, dies

Medical Mission Sister Katherine Jobson, a physician, died July 5 in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 91. She was a native of Louisville and a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. Sister Jobson attended Nazareth College until 1943 when she entered the Medical Mission Sisters. She graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in 1956. […]


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 […]