Archbishop Kurtz Blog


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

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


Fortnight for Freedom Homily 2014

This is my homily from the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom on Independence Day. The liturgy was celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at noon July 4th at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Introduction:               We … Continue reading


Homily at Closing Mass-Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics

Here is the homily I preached on Friday, June 27 at the closing Mass for the Marten Program of Homiletics and Liturgics at Notre Dame University. When you discover that someone loves you, it can change your whole outlook on … Continue reading