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Epiphany member stars in independent film

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer When movie producer Milan Chakraborty came to town in 2013 looking for an actor with Down syndrome, people at local organizations that advocate for individuals with disabilities said, “You need to meet David DeSanctis.” DeSanctis, a 22-year-old member of the Church of the Epiphany, was ultimately selected to play […]

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CEF receives another $1 million donation

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) will be able to help an extra 150 to 200 children with Catholic school tuition next fall — and for years to come — thanks to a new $1 million gift from the Lechleiter family. The nine adult children of Jeanne and the late John […]

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Hope in the Lord — My vocation and the influence of women in consecrated life

In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life would be celebrated throughout the world, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. In doing so, he chose the theme: “Wake up the world!” This is a fitting time to honor and celebrate the gifts of so many women religious who […]

A group of 23 teens and adults from St. Michael Church and Meade County Catholic Youth Ministries spent their spring break working at the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, Ky., April 6-11. (Photo Special to The Record)

Students participate in spring break mission trips

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer While many students were having fun in the sun or simply taking a needed break from the rigors of academic life, numerous students in the Archdiocese of Louisville dedicated their spring break to assisting people in need. For the third consecutive year, St. Michael Church in Jeffersontown partnered with […]

Barbara Zwischenberger, left, and Betty, Arnett, president of the Queen’s Daughters, displayed Queen’s Daughters memorabilia at The Record offices April 10. The service organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary with Mass and a luncheon program April 19. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Queen’s Daughters to mark centennial

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer For 100 years, the Queen’s Daughters have served people in the Archdiocese of Louisville in so many ways — from sewing clothes for poor children to caring for unwed mothers — it’s hard to list them all. This Sunday, April 19, the group will mark their centennial with a […]

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz spoke with Matthew and Katie Parris, parisioners of St. Louis Bertrand Church, at the Louisville Young Catholics monthly pub night held at Saints Pizza and Pub April 8. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Louisville Young Catholics attend synod talk

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Last week, members of Louisville Young Catholics listened to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz speak about his participation in the Synod of Bishops on the family last October at the Vatican. The archbishop was a special guest of the group’s monthly pub night at Saints Pizza and Pub in St. […]

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Priests, deacons receive new assignments

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has made the following appointments, effective June 17 unless otherwise noted. Among the appointments are several priests who are taking on new roles as pastors or administrators. They are: Rev. William P. Burks will become pastor of St. Barnabas Church, while continuing as pastor of St. Pius X Church. Father Burks […]

An African worship choir from Christian International Church sang during the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide at St. Thomas More Church.

Victims of violence in Africa remembered

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer With dance, songs of worship and prayers uttered in their native languages, people in the African community remembered victims of violence during the seventh annual Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa. The service was held April 11 at St. Thomas More Church in […]

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Women religious served vital roles in Civil War

By Joseph Duerr, Special to The Record Catholic sisters are known to many Americans for their service in education, health care and other ministries. But what might not be as well known is the selfless and heroic work of these women religious as nurses during the U.S. Civil War. One hundred fifty years ago today, […]

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Hope in the Lord — Mercy not ‘strain’d’

For more than 400 years, William Shakespeare has marveled those who read and see his plays with his masterful turns of phrase and depth of thought. As I am preparing for this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, his words in the mouth of Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” (Act 4, Scene 1), came […]

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West End center aims to aid more children

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The Community Catholic Center (CCC), with the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), aims to double the number of students it helps by the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. The center, located on the former St. Cecilia Church campus, helps families in West Louisville send their children to Catholic schools […]

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Humility is key to understanding Easter, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — To enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down,” Pope Francis said in his Easter message. “Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands […]

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An Easter message from Archbishop Kurtz

Each year, eighth graders write to me as they prepare for Confirmation. In these letters, they talk about why they wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and often mention the reason they chose their sponsors to accompany them on the journey. I always enjoy reading these letters, but I received one that seemed especially […]

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Archbishop blesses oils, consecrates chrism

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The oils used throughout the year in sacraments and other blessings were blessed and the sacred chrism was consecrated at the annual Chrism Mass March 31 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. At the evening celebration, the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Louisville also renewed their priestly promises. Members […]

Pope Francis carried palm fronds in procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Imitate Jesus’ humility, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily,” following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the pope said at […]

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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

Book melds refugees’ stories and recipes

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Azar Akrami looked delighted as she took in the colorful cover of the newly published book, “Flavors from Home,” then turned to the chapter where she and her husband Ata are featured. “It turns out so pretty,” she said to author Aimee Zaring. Akrami’s voice is distinguished by the […]

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 — http://www.givingitup.weebly.com — serves as a resource of information about […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

DivorceCare program to be offered in May

A new DivorceCare program — a seminar and support group — will be offered by parishes in region 7 of the Archdiocese of Louisville. The 13-session program will begin May 13 and will meet weekly each Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Bernadette Church’s Parish Center, 6500 Saint Bernadette Avenue in Prospect. Each […]

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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Archbishop says Oklahoma City remains a ‘beacon of hope’

Archbishop says Oklahoma City remains a ‘beacon of hope’

Catholic News Service OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City and the surrounding community found comfort in God after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building and that inspired a “generous spirit” among “many people who took time to care and to comfort one another,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said April 19. That “spirit of caring […]

Obituaries

Sister of Mercy Mary Marcia Voll, 97, dies

Sister of Mercy Mary Marcia Voll died April 14 at Mercy Convent in Nashville, Tenn. She was 97 and had been a religious for 74 years. Sister Voll taught in elementary and high schools in Ohio and Kentucky, including schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Sister Voll served as an archdiocesan school supervisor for 14 […]

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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.