Britain's Prince Charles leaves the Cathedral of the Assumption alongside Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz after addressing those in attendance at the cathedral event March 20. The Prince of Wales' visit to Louisville was the last stop on his U.S. visit with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. (CNS photo/William DeShazer)

Prince advocates for creation at cathedral

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz entered the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville March 20 shoulder to shoulder before a crowd of about 700 people — some hoping to catch a glimpse of the prince and others interested in what he had […]

Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, served as the keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Men’s Conference held March 21 at St. Michael Church in Jeffersontown. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

Fourth annual men’s conference held

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Emeritus The theme of this year’s Archdiocese of Louisville Men’s Conference was a simple, concise statement — “Be the Light.” But the nearly 800 men who gathered for the conference March 21 at St. Michael Church in Jeffersontown heard that such a declarative statement can be complicated and demanding. It […]


‘Salute’ again raises record amount for tuition aid

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz announced at the Catholic Education Foundation’s (CEF) 25th annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni that a “new day” has arrived for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. “Today we need partners. We need people to walk with parents who sacrifice for their children. This […]


Hope in the Lord — “New Day” for Catholic education

I greatly enjoyed yesterday’s Salute dinner, which benefitted the Catholic Education Foundation and which honored exemplary Catholic school grads of the past. This was the silver jubilee for the event, and I recall with deep gratitude the spade work of Archbishop Kelly and the many leaders whose efforts have borne so much fruit over this […]

Assumption High School faculty and students ate breakfast with students at St. Joseph Mission School in San Fidel, N.M. Students from Assumption also served in Belize, Nicaragua, rural Indiana and Cincinnati.(Photo Special to The Record)

Assumption students take part in service trips

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Last month, 56 seniors and 13 members of the faculty and staff from Assumption High School spent a week serving in Belize, Nicaragua, New Mexico, Indiana and Cincinnati. The service trips were part of the school’s Mission Week in late February, an annual event in which classes are set […]

Bishop-elect John Stowe, a Conventual Franciscan Friar

Conventual Franciscan Friar will lead Lexington Diocese

Pope Francis appointed Conventual Franciscan Father John Stowe, 48, as the third Bishop of Lexington March 12. Bishop-elect Stowe is vicar provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Mount St. Francis, Ind., and rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Conventual Franciscan Father […]

Linda Gottbrath stood in front of rows of sorted clothing that are given away free of charge to those who need them. The Sitio Clothing Ministry is located in a former first-grade classroom at the old St. John Vianney School, 4839 Southside Drive. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Clothing ministry opens at St. John Vianney

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer A new outreach ministry at St. John Vianney Church aims to provide clothing, shoes, coats and other necessities — all free of charge — to the poor and needy in South Louisville. The ministry — called Sitio, which is Latin for “I thirst” — moved into its new home […]

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz ordained Wilfredo Fernandez and Sean McKinley, front center, to the diaconate March 7 at St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Archbishop Kurtz ordains two men to the diaconate

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz ordained Wilfredo Fernandez and Sean McKinley to the diaconate March 7 at St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky. Read more about Deacons Fernandez and McKinley here.


Two seminarians will be ordained deacons

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will ordain two seminarians — Sean McKinley and Wilfredo Fernandez — to the diaconate on March 7 at St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., at 1 p.m. Diaconate ordination is a milestone on the path to the priesthood. Ordination to the priesthood usually occurs a […]


Hope in the Lord — Lent, a formation of the heart

On this year’s Mardi Gras, the eve of Ash Wednesday, most of us were snowed-in, and I had time to create my Lenten budget. Heeding Jesus’ three-fold call for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, I believe that setting aside an amount to donate to good causes during Lent will keep my mind on task so that […]

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Catholic Services Appeal surpasses goal

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The 2015 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) has already reached and surpassed its goal of $3.1 million, with several months still to go in the campaign. The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Stewardship and Development reported the number of gifts and pledges totaled $3,169,677, as of March 3. The success […]

Students participated in the Archdiocese of Louisville District Spelling Bee Feb. 24 at the Flaget Center.

Students take part in district spelling bee

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Sally Lynch ­— who pronounced spelling words at the Archdiocese of Louisville District Spelling Bee Feb. 24 — said that as she sat looking into the eyes of the competitors, she prayed they spelled their words correctly. “It’s a tremendous feeling and a rewarding experience to be with the […]

Following a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Assumption Feb. 21 to recognize men, women and children entering the Catholic Church, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz greeted the catechumens and candidates and paused for photos with many. (Record Photo by Ruby Thomas)

Hundreds prepare to enter the church

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Freezing rain, wet slushy roads and a forecast for more bad weather kept many from making it downtown to the Cathedral of the Assumption where the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremonies took place Feb. 21. The ceremony at the cathedral was one of two where […]

Emily Nolan, volunteer director of The Golden Arrow Center, placed diapers on the shelf at the center at 626 S. Shelby Street on Feb. 24. The Golden Arrow Center is one of the agencies that receives diapers from the St. Bernadette Diaper Bank. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Bernadette diaper ministry expands

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Imagine having no choice but to leave your baby in a soiled diaper or needing to reuse a disposable diaper because you can’t afford to buy more. This is a scenario some mothers and fathers — many in our own community — face each day. Deanna and Chris Hornback […]


Archdiocese launches new Lenten website

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Lent is a time to focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving — the three spiritual practices of the Lenten season. One way the Archdiocese of Louisville hopes to encourage these practices is through a newly-created interactive website. The site — — serves as a resource of information about […]


25th annual ‘Salute’ honors Catholic alumni

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The 25th annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni will serve as an opportunity to say thank you to benefactors who have generously donated resources through the years, said Richard A. Lechleiter, president of the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). The annual banquet and awards presentation, set for 7 p.m. on […]


Family Community Clinic serves uninsured

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer When the Family Community Clinic at St. Joseph Church in Butchertown opened its doors, its intent was to offer free, quality health care to the poor and uninsured. Four years later, the clinic has treated more than 4,000 patients. Since the clinic opened, the Affordable Care Act has brought […]


Hope in the Lord — Seek the forgotten and find the heart of Christ

Last week, I attended the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. and delivered the closing homily on Tuesday, February 10, the memorial of St. Scholastica. This was the day that participants were planning to go to Capitol Hill to advocate for issues with Congress. Here are the major themes of this homily:   Today, […]

Scott Duke,  an intern at Catholic Charities and Peggy McCarty, intake counselor at Catholic Charities, visited Bologna Alley at the Cathedral of the Assumption.  (Record photo by Ruby Thomas)

From lunch line to self-sufficiency

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer The Cathedral of the Assumption has been serving food to the needy since the days of the Great Depression. Thanks to a joint project with Catholic Charities of Louisville — the charitable services agency of the Archdiocese of Louisville — the cathedral is serving more than soup and sandwiches […]


SHA teacher wins award

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Ted Elsesser seemed to be in his element Feb. 5 as he chatted with four of his students in a crowded lively cafeteria on the campus of Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) where he is a theology teacher. Mary Lee McCoy — principal of Sacred Heart Academy ­­— said the […]


Women and men religious honored at annual liturgy

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer More than 60 members of nine different congregations serving in the Archdiocese of Louisville were honored Feb. 8 at the annual World Day for Consecrated Life Mass held at St. Albert the Great Church. Those women and men religious recognized at the annual liturgy are celebrating 50, 60, 70, […]


Families invited to World Meeting this fall

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville is organizing a pilgrimage Sept. 22 to 27 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The trip will include a week of workshops and presentations on the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” And at the end of the week, pilgrims […]


High school students take leadership roles

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Pope Francis has repeatedly called on Catholic youth to be active participants in their faith. Addressing young people at a World Youth Day Mass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013, Pope Francis said the church needs each one of them to share the Good News with the […]

An informational meeting

Immigration information sessions held in archdiocese

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer About two dozen Hispanic immigrants gathered at La Casita Center in Old Louisville Jan. 22 to have attorneys — experienced in immigration law — break down the new executive orders issued by President Barack Obama on Nov. 20. This informational session was one of five held during the month […]

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Catholic Services Appeal tops $3 million mark

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer For the first time since 2007, the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) has reached the $3 million mark in its campaign. As of Jan. 29, gifts and pledges totaling $3,061,000 have already been raised  — which represents 99% of the $3.1 million goal. The annual appeal, which raises money for […]

Archdiocesan News

Office of Worship will host sessions for eucharistic ministers in April

The Archdiocese of Louisville Office of Worship will offer formation sessions for extraordinary ministers of holy Communion in April. Communion minister formation sessions will be April 13 and 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. This two-hour program is for those preparing to serve as Communion ministers […]

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.”


Ursuline Sister Helen Marie Lutz, 87, dies

Ursuline Sister Helen Marie Lutz died March 19 at Mercy Sacred Heart. She was 87 and had been an Ursuline sister since 1952. Sister Lutz, a native of Canton, Miss., served in Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. In Kentucky, Sister Lutz taught Spanish at Ursuline Academy and Sacred Heart Academy. She also […]


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.  


Youth Events

State swim titles Sacred Heart Academy and St. Xavier High School won the KHSAA swimming and diving state championship held at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium Feb. 28. This was the third consecutive state title for Sacred Heart. Tonner DeBeer, Kennedy Lohman, Asia Seidt and Brooke Bauer won the 200 medley relay with […]