Archbishop Kurtz Blog


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

Holy Hour Homily at the Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress

Here is the video of the Holy Hour Homily I gave on September 20 at the Diocese of Charlotte’s Eucharistic Congress.


Keynote at Pro-Life Leadership Conference

My message to diocesan pro-life directors given in July at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Charleston, SC, may help in preparing for October’s Respect Life Month. Keynote at Pro-Life Leadership Conference Charleston, South Carolina July 28, 2014 It … Continue reading


Opening of School Year Mass for Catholic Elementary School Educators

Below is the homily that I delivered to our archdiocesan Catholic elementary school teachers at the opening Mass for this school year:   A special welcome to all of you as you begin the school year!  This is a sign … Continue reading


Pray as the 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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


A New Home in the Consecrated Life

I recently had the opportunity to meet Maria Vivona, a parishioner of Holy Spirit in Louisville. Maria is preparing to enter the Salesian Sisters.  In the bulletin, Holy Spirit included a wonderful reflection about her vocation by fellow-parishioner Suzanne Haugh, … Continue reading


Archbishop Kurtz writes to President Obama about Iraq

Below is a press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with a letter I wrote to President Obama about the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq:  August 14, 2014 USCCB President thanks Obama for aid, … Continue reading


Fancy Farm Speech

Last Saturday, I was invited to speak at Fancy Farm, the famous annual picnic at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Western Kentucky (the Diocese of Owensboro).  Thanks to Fr. Pat Delahanty here is the video of my address to what … Continue reading


The Gift of Georgie

Last month, I was contacted by Alfa y Omega, a Catholic newspaper in Spain. (See here for newspaper.)  The reporter contacted me because the Spanish government is preparing a “Protection of the Unborn and of the Pregnant Woman’s Rights’ Bill” to be … Continue reading


Letter from Archbishop Kurtz Calling for Prayers and Action for Peace

Below is a letter I wrote to U.S. bishops about the need for prayers and actions for peacein so many parts of the world.  This statement was released this morning by the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops. July 22, 2014 … Continue reading