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Athletes put prayer first

Athletes, from left, Aaron Flanagan, Noah Hoffman, Ryan Anderson, Taylor Stemmle and Patrick Ritter knelt in prayer at St. Patrick Church July 31. More than 500 athletes and coaches from Catholic high schools gathered at St. Patrick in Eastwood to pray the rosary in preparation for the fall sports season. The Rosary Rally, sponsored by […]

Donations to CRS were ‘critical’ in Nepal

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville collected more than $94,000 to help fund Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook the small nation on April 25. That money was critical to relief efforts and was put to use immediately, according to Elizabeth Tromans, an emergency response coordinator […]

Historic statue of Mother Catharine Spalding unveiled

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer A crowd that packed the plaza in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption July 26 gasped in delight as the new life-size bronze statue of Mother Catherine Spalding was unveiled. The statue — depicting the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth carrying a small boy while […]

Ministry helps Latinos build healthier lives

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer As the Hispanic community has grown in the Archdiocese of Louisville, the scope of Hispanic ministry has expanded, too. A dozen or so parishes around the archdiocese now serve Spanish-speaking Catholics — mostly immigrants who know little English. The ministries serve not only to strengthen faith, but also to […]

Students to receive record $5 million

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor A record number of Catholic school students — 2,344 children — will receive financial aid when classes begin next month, according to a press release from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). The Archdiocese of Louisville and the CEF announced late last week that tuition assistance awards for the 2015-2016 school […]

Filipinos Gather to Celebrate Ministry

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Members of the Filipino community gathered for Mass July 19 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road, to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the Filipino Ministry in the Archdiocese of Louisville. The liturgy — organized by the Office of Multicultural Ministry — was celebrated in […]

Young Catholics learn leadership skills

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer More than 200 young Catholics spent last week actively trying to strengthen their faith and respond to the call to follow Christ. Thirty-four high school students representing 15 parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville took part in the annual Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) July 6 to 10 at the […]

Children move into ‘cottages’ at St. Joseph

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor As picnic booths sprout along Frankfort Avenue on the St. Joseph Children’s home campus, something more important is happening behind the scenes. The dozens of children who live at the home are moving into four new cottage-like residences this week. The residences have been planned for the last eight or […]

Presentation alumna shares love of books

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer While studying in the United States, Dominique Alonga fell in love with classic children’s books, such as those written by Dr. Seuss, and knew right away she wanted to take the joy of reading to children in her native Rwanda. Alonga — a 2010 graduate of Presentation Academy — […]

Hispanic ministry grows with community

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer In the past 30 years, Hispanic ministry in the archdiocese of Louisville has evolved from a fledgling effort ­— caring for temporary field workers — to a full-fledged ministry serving thousand of Latinos who now call this area home. Dr. Brian B. Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer of […]

Students to receive $4.3 million in tuition aid

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor Last fall, the Archdiocese of Louisville, its 111 parishes, and the Catholic Education Foundation pledged to make Catholic elementary school education more accessible to families. According to a status report issued in late May, that plan is on track. As of mid-June, a total of $4.3 million in tuition assistance […]

Encyclical is ‘marching order,’ archbishop says

By Marnie McAllister and Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” reminds people that “we have a shared responsibility for one another” and calls for “urgent action,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said during a June 18 news conference in Washington, D.C. The archbishop, speaking as president […]

Parish efforts help boost annual appeal

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer To say the 2014-2015 Catholic Services Appeal campaign was successful would be an understatement. The annual appeal — which funds programs from supplying food to those in need to educating future priests — raised $3,245,500. That’s 105% or $145,500 more than the goal of $3.1 million. This year’s campaign […]

Creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all […]

St. John Paul II Church to open in November

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Two parishes less than two miles apart in the Hikes Point and Bon Air neighborhoods will merge into one parish later this year. St. Barnabas Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, and St. Pius X Church, 3521 Goldsmith Lane, will merge and officially become St. John Paul II Church effective Nov. […]

Retreat proves life-changing for young adults

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor A retreat program that started in Michigan 50 years ago has been life-changing for a couple dozen young adults in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Last weekend, they traveled to Illinois to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ, known as TEC, and meet its creator, Father Matthew […]

Faithful asked to witness for religious liberty

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer In the spirit of martyrs like St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist and Sts. Peter and Paul — who remained faithful in the face of persecution — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has once again called on the faithful to show their commitment to religious liberty […]

Hope in the Lord — Beauty saves the world

Here is my homily for the opening Mass of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring meeting, held on June 10 in the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis: How grateful we bishops are to you, Archbishop Carlson and all the priests, deacons, men and women of the consecrated life, and all faithful who are gathered […]

Read encyclical with ‘open heart,’ pope asks

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before […]

World Refugee Day celebrated June 12

World Refugee Day was observed with a celebration including a parade of nations at the Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services office on West Market Street June 12. The event also featured performances by different refugee groups and a buffet of international foods.

Mexican priests minister to Hispanics

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer As boys growing up in the mining state of Guanajuato, Mexico, both Father Carlos Conde and Father Ismael Hernández said they’d always admired priests, but never thought they’d become priests themselves. That was a couple of decades ago. Last month, the priests — both from the Diocese of León […]

Three are ordained to priesthood

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville gained three new priests May 30, bringing the total number of diocesan priests to 141. Fathers Peter Bucalo, Jason Harris and Shayne Duvall were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Assumption by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on that sunny Saturday morning. Worshippers, whose […]

Archdiocesan News

Conference asks Catholics to contact their lawmakers

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCK) is reminding Catholics of their duty to practice faithful citizenship by contacting legislators about how they vote on critical issues. On Aug. 3, the conference asked Catholics to contact their lawmakers about a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood, S. 1881, which was introduced July 28. While […]

From the Archives

This Lent, let’s temper our eating habits

This Lent, let’s temper our eating habits

In this opinion piece from The Record archives dated Jan. 23, 1975, Alice Walsh, a member of St. Martin of Tours Church, offers an early take on what’s now known as the “slow food movement.”

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Fr. Robert Barron, two others, named auxiliaries for Los Angeles

Fr. Robert Barron, two others, named auxiliaries for Los Angeles

Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, 75. The changes were announced July 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The pope appointed two priests from Los […]


Sister of Charity of Nazareth Mary Jeanette Cambron, a teacher, dies at 94

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Mary Jeanette Cambron died July 26 at Nazareth Home. She was 94 and had been an SCN for 76 years. Sister Cambron, a native of Waverly, Ky., served as an elementary school teacher in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia for 36 years. In the Archdiocese of Louisville, Sister Cambron served […]


Archbishop Kurtz discusses synod in video

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.  


St. Xavier swim team ranked in top ten

Heyward Harrison, a 2015 graduate of St. Xavier High School, qualified for the Olympic trials at the 2015 Speedo Sectional Meet held in Athens, Ga., earlier this month. Harrison qualified in the 200 backstroke. The St. Xavier High School swimming and diving team has been ranked eighth in the country for the 2015 season. The […]