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 […]


Missionary priest ministers to Native Americans

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer At the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, Missionary of the Sacred Heart Father Earl Henley — a native of Louisville — is a witness for the Catholic Church to the Native American population of five surrounding reservations. He has devoted the last 14 years of his life trying […]


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 […]

Christopher 2X, a community activist in Louisville, spoke the "Rally for Compassion, Peace and Healing" hosted by the Interfaith Paths to Peace April 6 at the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Rally seeks peace at Big Four Bridge

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz; The Rev. Joe Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church; Christopher 2x, a community activitist; and Terry Taylor, executive director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, were among those who spoke at the “Rally for Compassion, Peace and Healing” hosted by the Interfaith Paths to Peace April 6 at the Big Four Bridge […]

Father John Schwartzlose, left, a “vocation initiator” and pastor of St. Gabriel Church, posed with Zoe Peterson, a St. Gabriel School student who won the Serra Club’s Vocation Essay Contest’s seventh- and eighth-grade division. Father Jeffrey Shooner, at right, is director of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office, and presented the award at St. Gabriel on March 13. (Photo Special to The Record)

New effort hopes to increase vocations

  By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor About a third of the active priests in the Archdiocese of Louisville have committed to a new effort that promotes vocations to the priesthood. The archdiocese’s Vocation Office calls these priests “vocation initiators.” There are about 30 initiators, so far, who are making an intentional effort to talk […]

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth David Clare Reasbeck, Mary James Corey and Mary Patricia Brennan (from left to right) stood in front of a painting of the congregation's foundress Mother Catherine Spalding in their residence at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Sisters of Charity still live, work at hospital

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Four Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are something of an anachronism in healthcare — they still live and work at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in South Louisville. Sisters Alfreda Crantz, Mary Patricia Brennan, David Clare Reasbeck and Mary James Corey serve in a variety of volunteer roles at […]

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Martha Buser, left, and Jean Anne Zappa, right, attended a celebration to open the newly expanded food pantry at Shively Area Ministries in this 2012 file photo. (Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Dare to Care honors local food pantry

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Dare to Care presented the Bobby Ellis Award for the Jefferson County Food Pantry of the Year to Shively Area Ministries (SAM) on March 25. The distinction is an honor for the agency, but also serves as a reminder of the hunger that still lurks in Louisville’s neighborhoods. Stan […]


Clustered parishes create ‘collaborative’

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Large Stations of the Cross at the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, at 1020 E. Burnett Ave., were restored recently with fresh, deeply pigmented paint that gives a lifelike appearance to the moments of Christ’s Passion. The restoration brought the stations “back to life,” said the church’s administrator, Father […]

Jesuit Father James Martin signed his new book "Jesus: A Pilgrimage" March 21 at the Flaget Center.

Conference crowd fills St. Michael Church

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor The organizers of the third annual Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Men’s Conference were hoping to fill the new St. Michael Church with around 800 people on March 22. And their wish — as a result of a great deal of effort — came true. The crowd was the largest in […]

Child sex-trafficking survivor Holly Austin Smith, left, talked with a woman who attended the March 21 forum on human trafficking that was held at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth campus in Bardstown, Ky., on March 21. (Photo Special to The Record by Spalding Hurst)

Forum hears first-hand tale of trafficking

By Amy Taylor, Special to The Record BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Holly Austin Smith was just 14 when she met the man who forced her into sex slavery. It was the summer after her eighth-grade graduation — June of 1992. The teen said she was tormented by feelings of self-hatred, loneliness and depression. As she walked […]

Hope in the Lord — The silent saint

Last week we paused during the penitential days of Lent to celebrate some March feast days. Of course, who does not know of St. Patrick? Parades and Irish heritage abound. In Louisville those members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians have always been well prepared to display not only their heritage but the Catholic faith […]


Sign-language interpreter honored by mayor

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor If you watch “Mass of the Air” or even catch it occasionally on WHAS television on Sunday mornings, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Norma Lewis. Her image appears in the corner of your screen, her hands gesturing in swift graceful motions as Mass is celebrated on the big screen. […]

Holy Cross Father John Jenkins delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Salute to Catholic School Alumni held at the Galt House Hotel March 18. The annual awards banquet, presented by the Catholic Education Foundation, raised more than $600,000 to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Annual ‘Salute’ sets new fundraising record

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor During another record-breaking Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner March 18, the president of the University of Notre Dame said that his university’s nickname —the Fighting Irish — represents the “indomitable spirit” that is central to Catholic education. To make his point, Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, turned […]

Maura Austin, a third-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes School, held up her shorn locks at her school's St. Baldrick event March 1. Austin raised more than $1146 for the childhood cancer research foundation.

Schools, parishes raise $180,000 for cancer research

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer A half dozen schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville collected more than $180,000 for the St. Baldrick Foundation, a charity that raises funds for pediatric cancer research. Volunteers, who are sponsored by family and friends, shave their heads or donate hair to Locks of Love to show […]


Two seminarians ordained deacons

Deacons Peter Bucalo and  Shayne Duvall were ordained to the diaconate of the Archdiocese of Louisville by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on March 15 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. The two men are seminarians preparing for the priesthood. Ordination to the diaconate typically precedes presbyteral ordination by one year.

Pope smiles as he leaves general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

For Pope Francis, a year of reform and evangelization

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — As leader of the universal church, a pope must direct his ministry in both of the ways traditionally described by the Latin terms “ad intra” and “ad extra”: inwardly to the church itself, and outwardly to the rest of the world. Pope Francis has accordingly […]

Archdiocesan News

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa will visit St. Aloysius

The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa will stop in its United States tour at St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky., on May 5. The tour is sponsored by Human Life International (HLI). All people are invited to attend Mass at 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. followed by veneration, the rosary, a litany for […]

From the Archives

Sister of Loretto sweeps fall foliage — 1976

Sister of Loretto sweeps fall foliage — 1976

The caption for this Record file photo dated Oct. 17, 1976, read: The sun shining through the fall foliage and the patterns of light on the sidewalk create a serene atmosphere for Sister of Loretto Estelle Marie to sweep a walkway recently at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

National/World News

Via Crucis recalls migrants who have died, disappeared on way to U.S.

Via Crucis recalls migrants who have died, disappeared on way to U.S.

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — There is no way to mistake how Scalabrinian Father Mauro Verzeletti feels about immigration from Latin America to the United States. He does not want it to happen, mostly because he knows the journey most migrants will face is fraught with danger and threats. […]


Dominican Sister of Peace Geraldine Flattery, 83, dies

Dominican Sister of Peace Geraldine Flattery, 83, died April 10 at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Ky. Sister Flattery, a native of West Lynn, Mass., had been a religious for 62 years. She ministered as a teacher in New York, West Virginia, Illinois and Massachusetts. She entered the ministry of prayer at Sansbury Care Center […]


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 […]