Archbishop Kurtz Blog

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

Christ our Light

Hard as it is to believe, this coming Sunday begins the holiest week of the year: Holy Week.  I can already anticipate the darkened skies on Holy Saturday night, the new fire that will light the paschal candle, and the … Continue reading

The Silent Saint

Last week we paused during the penitential days of Lent to celebrate some March feast days. Of course, who does not know of St. Patrick?  Parades and Irish heritage abound.  In Louisville those members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians … Continue reading

How Pope Francis Inspires My Ministry

After I met Pope Francis during the USCCB curial visits to the Holy See last October, I remarked to others that if I were choosing a parish based upon the pastor, he would be my pastor.  Now, he is the … Continue reading

Lenten Reading and Fasting

Who likes to fast?  When I was growing up, fasting and abstinence were part of our family routine as Catholics. We fasted for several hours before going to Mass all the time, and of course, we fasted and abstained during … Continue reading

Poverty and Destitution

Next Wednesday begins Lent. I love Ash Wednesday!  People come to Mass in large numbers and receive a public sign of their faith – the sign of the cross traced on the forehead with ashes. It is a smudge that … Continue reading

Rice Bowl and Catholic Schools

Today, Catholic Charities of Louisville organized a luncheon to promote Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl Program. At this gathering, approximately 150 students in grades 6-12 from 28 Catholic schools will hear about this wonderful program and share ways in which … Continue reading

The Gift of Consecrated Life

September of 1955 seems so long ago. During this year, as I entered fourth grade, I went to St. Canicus School in the small coal town of Mahanoy City and met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart for the … Continue reading

What I Learned in the Philippines

Seven cargo ships ran aground in the Anibong region of Tacloban City during Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as it’s called in the Philippines. Three months later, children run and play around the mud-encrusted rudders of one ship. Wooden poles stick … Continue reading

Rain, Unity, and Hope

I have celebrated the Holy Eucharist when it was pouring outside the Church, but yesterday in Santo Niño Church, located in Tacloban, the rain poured into the aisles throughout the Mass.  Our team had just come through a downpour in … Continue reading

Brave Filipino People of Faith and Hope

This morning, we take a plane ride to the Island of Leyte where the typhoon hit at its full destructive force of 200 miles per hour in November.  Please join me in prayer that I and those with whom I … Continue reading