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Hope in the Lord — Synod reflections

Writing from Rome last week at the end of the Synod on Challenges Facing the Family in the Context of Evangelization, Archbishop Kurtz shares three movements that he sees resulting from the synod process: Looking back on this extraordinary synod, I was very inspired by the Holy Father’s heart of compassion and desire to walk […]

A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Blessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for his 1968 encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the church's teaching against artificial contraception. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis beatifies Blessed Paul VI

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a “humble and prophetic witness of […]

Bishops and cardinals attend the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-CONTRACEPTION and SYNOD-ISLAM Oct. 9, 2014.

Vatican releases ‘Message of the Synod Assembly’

The following message was released this morning by the Vatican Information Service: Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the […]

Students at St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky., released blue balloons at the school's 'Blue Ribbon' celebration Oct. 15. The school was named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

St. Aloysius School celebrates ‘Blue Ribbon’

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The entire student body of St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky., stood in the shape of a giant cross and released nearly 400 blue balloons into the soggy sky Wednesday, Oct. 15. The balloon release was part of the school’s celebration of its recent national award from the United States […]

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CSA donations already ahead of last year

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The staff of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Stewardship and Development is encouraged by the impressive start of the 2014 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). While the archdiocese is only a few days into this year’s appeal, gifts and pledges already total more than a half-million dollars. That represents […]

The St. Xavier Community Choir, comprised of faculty, staff, students and alumni, sang at the school's 150th anniversary Mass Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. A program followed at the Galt House Hotel. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Xavier celebrates anniversary with Mass, dinner

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of St. Xavier High School gathered Oct. 11 to celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary. The evening began with Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. A dinner and program followed at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. In […]

Bishops and cardinals attend the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-CONTRACEPTION and SYNOD-ISLAM Oct. 9, 2014.

Family synod midterm report: Welcome gays, nonmarital unions

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals. “It is necessary to accept people in […]

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Vicar for Hispanic ministry will aid clergy

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Father Joseph Rankin, pastor of St. Rita Church, has been named to a newly-created position in the Archdiocese of Louisville — vicar for Hispanic ministry. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz announced the appointment during the archdiocese’s second annual Encuentro Hispano, a gathering held late last month for Hispanic and Latino Catholics that […]

St. Agnes School Principal Julie Daly shook State Representative Jim Wayne's hand at the school's 'Blue Ribbon' celebration.  This is the third time St. Agnes has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Agnes celebrates at ‘blue ribbon’ event

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer St. Agnes School, one of four schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville to be named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, celebrated its latest honor with an outdoor assembly for students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the school on Oct. 1. St. Agnes […]

Emily Ridge, a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, has been selected to receive the WLKY Bell Award Youth Service Honor. Ridge, second from left, volunteers as a mentor with the Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services. She assists newly-arrived refugees, such as the Afghani family above, with everyday tasks. (Photo Special to The Record)

Sacred Heart graduate wins youth Bell Award

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Emily Ridge, a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, has been named a recipient of a WLKY Bell Awards Youth Service Honor. The awards are sponsored by the WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation and will be presented at 6 p.m. tonight, Oct. 9, at the Galt House Hotel in […]

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Archbishop Kurtz discusses synod in video

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz discusses the importance of joy in teaching church doctrine on the family in a video produced by the Catholic News Service Oct. 6. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family is currently taking place at the Vatican and will conclude Oct. 19.  

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Catholic Charities marks 75th anniversary

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Thanking God for the “gift” of Catholic Charities, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption Sept. 28 to mark the 75th anniversary of the organization. Catholic Charities of Louisville staff, volunteers and members of the Board of Trustees attended the morning Mass, which was […]

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Exonerated inmate discusses death penalty

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Seven years, eight months and 26 days. That’s how long Gary Drinkard spent in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Drinkard, a former Alabama death row inmate, spoke Sept. 26 about his experiences at an event titled “All life is sacred and valued,” hosted by the Social Justice […]

El arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz dio su homilía durante la Misa del segundo Encuentro en la Arquidiócesis de Louisville el 27 de septiembre en la parroquia St. Pius X (Foto especial para The Record por Ruby Thomas)

About 300 attend second Encuentro

By Ruby Thomas, Special to The Record The second annual Encuentro Hispano brought together close to 300 Hispanic Catholics from pre-school age to older adults. They spent the day on Sept. 27 at St. Pius X Church worshipping and taking part in faith formation workshops all with the purpose of strengthening family evangelization. The word […]

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Four local schools win Blue Ribbon honor

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Four elementary schools within the Archdiocese of Louisville have been named U.S. Department of Education 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Though the schools of the archdiocese are regular winners of such national recognition, this year marks the first time that so many schools have been honored in the same year. This year’s […]

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CSA campaign sets goal of $3.1 million

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Last year’s Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) came within a hair’s breadth of its $3 million goal — in fact it fell just about $30,000 short. Since the CSA campaign came on the heels of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Building a Future of Hope fundraising effort, those who lead the campaign, including […]

Catholic school students and their parents and teachers will be filling out surveys this week and next about how well their schools promote a Catholic identity. In the file photo above, Holy Spirit School students and students from other Archdiocese of Louisville schools prayed together during the annual Catholic Schools Week Mass held at St. Edward Church Jan. 28. (File Photo by Jessica Able)

School surveys examine Catholic identity

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Catholic school parents and guardians, students and faculty are being asked this week and next to take two surveys intended to show how well their schools foster a Catholic identity. The surveys are the first of two sets planned for this school year. All Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic elementary schools […]

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Hope in the Lord — A masterpiece of God’s creation

You can imagine how thrilled I was to see the front cover of the folder created for this year’s Respect Life Program, held every October. There, under a quote of Pope Francis now familiar to many, is the photo of a child with Down syndrome. How appropriate! This photo brings back my wonderful relationship with […]

Joe Schultz, center, a member of Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Ky., was among about 150 young adults who attended the annual Young Adult Mass with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz Sept. 14 during St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church’s regular 7 p.m. Sunday liturgy. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Young adults flock to St. Elizabeth for Mass

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Members of Louisville Young Catholics (LYC) and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church filled the Schnitzelburg parish to capacity Sept. 14 for the fifth annual Young Adult Mass. The liturgy, celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and several local priests who work with young adults, was followed by the Louisville […]

Students, youth volunteers and parents, including those above, attended the Catholic Youth Day at Kentucky Kingdom Sept. 14. Youth from the four dioceses in Kentucky — Covington, Lexington, Owensboro and Louisville — attended the event, which began with Mass celebrated by Father Michael Wimsatt. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Day for youth held at Kentucky Kingdom

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Middle and high school students from the four dioceses in Kentucky — Covington, Lexington, Owensboro and Louisville — gathered at Kentucky Kingdom Sept. 14 for a Catholic Youth Day, hosted by the Archdiocese of Louisville. With the sounds of roller coasters taking test runs and the whirling water of […]

Jerid Miller, director of lifelong formation at St. Margaret Mary Church, presided over an early portion of a six-hour “Play Like a Champion Today” workshop on Sept. 14. The program, developed by the University of Notre Dame, is designed to help schools, coaches, parents and students put fun and Christ back into the center of athletic competition. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

Program aims to put Christ, fun into sports

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor A room full of people at St. Margaret Mary Church — at least 150 of them — missed their Sunday professional football games to learn what it means to “Play Like a Champion Today.” The program was developed at the University of Notre Dame in 2006 by a professor named […]

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Archbishop prepares for synod on family

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz heads to Rome at the end of this month and he plans to take the insights of local Catholics with him. In preparation for the October extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family — in which he’ll serve as a delegate — the archbishop has asked […]

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, who spoke at the Sept. 4 Archdiocesan Leadership Institute, talked with Father George Illikkal, at left, and Mike Luescher of St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Archdiocesan staff learn of ‘Francis effect’

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Last Thursday, more than 200 representatives of archdiocesan schools, parishes and agencies gathered at the Flaget Center, 1935 Lewiston Drive, to listen to Basilian Father Thomas Rosica’s presentation on “The Francis Effect and the New Evangelization.” His presentation was part of the daylong Archdiocesan Leadership Institute (ALI). Father Rosica […]

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Hope in the Lord — Pray as synod on family nears

It has been a long-standing custom for the president, vice-president and general secretary of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference to journey to Rome in October for a constructive conversation on timely topics of great interest to the church in the United States. How delighted I was to find that I’ll be meeting with Pope Francis on […]

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Sewing classes foster patience, friendship

  By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Expectant mothers living at a maternity home in New Albany, Ind., are learning a new skill — and all about patience — as they wait for their bundles of joy to arrive. Members of St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky., have donated five sewing machines to the home operated […]

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Why Catholic? offers new ways to participate

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor When RENEW Why Catholic? begins again in early October, this time focused on morality and Christian living, the faith formation process will be available to those who don’t have the time or inclination to join in the program’s small faith-sharing groups. The Archdiocese of Louisville has developed an online version […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the […]

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Sister Agnes Ellen Rose, a teacher, dies at age 85

Sister Agnes Ellen Rose, a teacher, dies at age 85

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Agnes Ellen Rose died at Nazareth Home on Oct. 19. She was 85 and had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Sister Rose, a native of South Boston, Mass., served in elementary education in Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas and Massachusetts as a teacher and computer program technician […]

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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 […]

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Walkathon total Students and families of Holy Trinity School raised $46,365 at the school’s fourth annual walkathon Oct. 2. The theme of the walk was “Walking Sole to Soul,” which reminds “students of the connection between our faith and the work we do to support others,” a news release from the school said. The day’s […]