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 […]


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 […]

Record Photo by Marnie McAllister, 2014

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 […]


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 […]


Archbishop says workers need decent jobs, pay

Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — In their 2014 Labor Day statement, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have “borne the brunt” of unemployment and underemployment in this country and around the world. “Our younger generations are counting on us to leave them a world better than the one we inherited,” wrote Miami Archbishop […]


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

‘Electronics Drop-off Day’ Oct. 5 will support Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is co-sponsoring with KentuckyOne Health an electronics recycling event Oct. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Church, Hess Lane and Pindell Ave. The event will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Community Health and Safety Fair, according to a news release from Catholic Charities. Electronic items that […]

National/World News

Deathbed ordination ‘reflects Pascal Mystery,’ says bishop

Deathbed ordination ‘reflects Pascal Mystery,’ says bishop

By Rick Musacchio, Catholic News Service  SAN ANTONIO — As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?” Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian who was […]


Sister of Charity of Nazareth Mary Austin Donovan dies

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Mary Austin Donovan, 85, a native of Lexington, Ky., died Sept. 5 at Nazareth Home in Louisville. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. Sister Donovan served in elementary and secondary education for four decades in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Massachusetts. In the Archdiocese of […]


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 […]