Members of the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir sang during the multicultural Pentecost celebration held at the Cathedral of the Assumption May 24.

Multicultural Pentecost liturgy celebrated May 24

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer It doesn’t matter if you are eight years old or 68 years old, Jesus wants everyone to experience the peace of Christ, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz told those gathered at the Cathedral of the Assumption May 24. Representatives of various cultures from around the Archdiocese of Louisville gathered in […]

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, killed in 1980, was beatified May 23 during a Mass in El Salvador. (CNS graphic/Frida Larios)

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading […]


Long road to priesthood for Deacon Bucalo

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Deacon Peter Bucalo’s call to the priesthood was not one accompanied by bolts of lightning and a booming voice from the sky. It was a much more subtle and slow process that would lead him to seminary and, ultimately, on May 30, to his presbyteral ordination. Deacon Bucalo will […]


Hope in the Lord — International religious persecution a century ago and today

Last Thursday I arrived at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. and was so impressed by the sheer majesty of this historic cathedral of the Episcopalian Church. Set back from Wisconsin Avenue, the soaring, majestic building has been the scene of many national events since its completion in 1907, including a host of state funerals […]

Priests celebrating jubilees concelebrated the annual Presbyteral Jubilee Mass with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz May 18 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. Pictured from left are: seminarian Deacon Jason Harris, Father James E. Flynn, Father J. Wayne Murphy, Passionist Father Robert Weiss, Archbishop Kurtz, Fathers J. Mark Spalding, J. Randall Hubbard, John J. Stoltz, Thomas L. Boland and Conventual Franciscan Friar Christian Moore. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Mass recognizes service of nine priests

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Priests of the Archdiocese of Louisville gathered May 18 at the Cathedral of the Assumption to honor nine clergy at the Presbyteral Jubilee Mass. The annual liturgy honors priests celebrating the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of their presbyteral ordinations. Priests celebrating 60 years include Fathers James E. Flynn […]

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz spoke to Ellen Wichmann, a parishioner of St. Michael Church, before the Respect Life Archdiocesan-Wide meeting May 14 at St. Agnes Church. (Record Photo by Ruby Thomas)

Pro-life and social concerns ministries work together

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz spoke to more than 100 people representing pro-life and social concerns committees May 14  during the Respect Life Archdiocesan-Wide meeting at St. Agnes Church, 1920 Newburg Road. Ed Harpring, coordinator of pro-life ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville, said the meeting aimed to bring together […]

Trappist Brother Paul Quenon, Dr. Paul Pearson and Morgan Atkinson, left to right, took part in a panel discussion titled "“Sacred Journeys: Merton and his Legacy,” part of the 20th Festival of Faiths.

Trappist monk remembers Merton as mentor

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Trappist Brother Paul Quenon was a 17-year-old novice when he met Thomas Merton at the Abbey of Gethsemani more than 50 years ago. Brother Quenon, a monk and poet, recalled life with Merton May 13 during a program called “Sacred Journeys: Merton and his Legacy,” part of the 20th […]


Deacon Shayne Duvall to be ordained

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Deacon Shayne Duvall, who will be ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville on May 30, took a unique path to the priesthood that included a brief enrollment in the police training academy, teaching at Holy Cross High School and a long-running gig as an announcer for the […]


City’s homeless population declines by 14%

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Emeritus There is good news to report on the city’s homeless front. Last week the Coalition for the Homeless, and the agencies that work with it, noted that the latest census of the city’s homeless population showed a decline. That’s right — a decline. The good news came in the […]


St. Bernard School hosts May crowning

Students at St. Bernard School, 7500 Tangelo Drive, hosted a May crowning May 7 at St. Bernard Church. Eighth-graders, who were recently confirmed, served as the honor court at the crowning.


Why Catholic? wraps up final season

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Four and a half years ago, parishioners in the Archdiocese of Louisville began a journey intended to strengthen their understanding of the Catholic faith through a program called Why Catholic? Since that time, there have been nine seasons of Why Catholic?, which have coincided with the liturgical seasons of […]

Record Photo by Ruby Thomas

A group of students from St. Francis of Assisi School looked on as Katie Stivers and her husband B.J. prepared to sprinkle holy water over the grave of their infant son, Trey, during the infant prayer service at Calvary Cemetery April 29. The Stivers attend the monthly service as a way of honoring their baby’s life.

Infants remembered at prayer service

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Two young families gathered April 29 at Calvary Cemetery on Newburg Road to pray for the souls of their infants who are buried there. Six students from St. Francis of Assisi School prayed with the families and sprinkled holy water on unmarked infant graves in the Holy Innocents section. […]


Hope in the Lord — Is the legal system ready for all the acrimony over matrimony?

  As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is my personal responsibility and civic duty to speak for the common good, which I believe is served by preserving natural marriage protection through state laws. The question is whether the long-standing definition of marriage should be overturned. It is a far reaching […]


Trinity to begin mandatory drug testing next fall

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Students at Trinity High School will begin mandatory random drug and alcohol testing with the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Students learned of the new policy during class assemblies May 5 and letters were mailed to parents the previous day. School officials said the new drug-testing policy is […]

Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal visits an injured Catholic earthquake survivor April 30 in remote Banyatar parish perched on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara)

Water ministry seeks help providing filters to Nepal

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor By early this week, Louisville-based Water with Blessings had sent 400 water filters to survivors of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. The organization, which already has partners in Nepal and training materials in Hindi, hopes to send at least 600 more water filters to survivors in the coming days. […]

Pope Francis waves to seminarians lining the driveway as he leaves after celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. Also pictured are Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S . Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, and Msgr. James F. Checchio, rector of the college. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis defends Blessed Junipero Serra

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said. Visiting the […]

Ahmed Xasan, left, thanked Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville’s volunteers during a ceremony, April 25, to bless the Pope Francis House. The house on Hazelwood Ave., which is still under construction, will be ready for his family to move into in a few weeks. (Record Photo by Ruby Thomas)

Habitat house named for pope gets blessing

By Ruby  Thomas, Record Staff Writer Within a three-day period known as “raise the roof,” 20 volunteers placed walls and a roof on the Pope Francis House, a new Habitat for Humanity home located on Hazelwood Avenue. Next door, on May 30, another soon-to-be home — sponsored by religious communities serving in the Archdiocese of […]

A family took shelter April 28 following the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. (CNS Photo)

SCNs OK, offer aid in Nepal after earthquake

By Marnie McAllister and Catholic News Service, KATHMANDU, Nepal — Inclement weather and logistical pressures were delaying aid to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese earthquake victims, the director of Caritas Nepal told Catholic News Service (CNS) April 28. “The logistical problems are enormous and sadly, relief is being delayed,” said Father Pius Perumana. As of […]

David DeSanctis in "Where Hope Grows"

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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Archdiocesan News

Fort Campbell soldiers visit St. Stephen Martyr students

Fort Campbell soldiers visit St. Stephen Martyr students

A group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky., visited students at St. Stephen Martyr School May 19. The visit was a way for the soldiers to say thank you to the students, faculty, staff and parish for their support and prayers. The school has a special stewardship program, known as […]

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.”


Sister of Charity of Nazareth Ann Elizabeth Molony, long-time Kosair volunteer, dies at 89

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Ann Elizabeth Molony died at Nazareth Home on May 21. She was 89 and had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 71 years. Sister Molony, a native of Covington, Ky., served in elementary education in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland for 25 years. In the Archdiocese of Louisville, Sister […]


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.  


Ascension students travel to California

Ascension students travel to California

The eighth-grade class of Ascension School traveled to Cambria, California, April 21-25 to study environmental science and experience the culture of California’s central coast, said Terrence Mullaney, principal of Ascension. The students visited tide pools along the Pacific coast; toured an elephant seal rookery; dissected squid; visited a plankton and sea kelp forest study; and […]