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The Slim Crescent of the Moon

St. John the Baptist, pointing to Jesus, said: “I must decrease, and He must increase.”  Very vividly the Catholic novelist Flannery O’Connor made the same point in a journal from 1946, as she was striving to find her vocation as a writer. She died in the early 1960s but still remains popular for her novels, described as “Southern grotesque” because of the alarming way in which she speaks of grace rushing into our world.

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2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 24th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|

First White Mass Celebrated

At the Cathedral of the Assumption’s 5:30 p.m. Mass last evening, doctors and healthcare professionals from throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville gathered for the first-ever “White Mass” in the Archdiocese.


Doctors and healthcare representatives gather in the Cathedral after the first "White Mass" in the Archdiocese. Doctors and healthcare representatives gather in the Cathedral after the first “White Mass” in the Archdiocese. More than 50 healthcare professionals and their families came together to […]

2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 20th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|

The Spirit of St. Francis at the Franciscan Kitchen

Yesterday, I walked over to Franciscan Kitchen, on Preston Street just two blocks from the archdiocesan Chancery. It was a joy to serve along with dedicated adults and young from our Catholic high schools. (Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity High School were represented.)

Archbishop Kurtz with Chuck Mattingly and Chuck's Mother. Archbishop Kurtz with Chuck Mattingly and Chuck’s Mother at the Franciscan Kitchen.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the doors were […]

2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 19th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|

Call to Prayer Video

The video below was created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to promote the “Call to Prayer” for life, marriage, and religious liberty. As a reminder, last November the bishops approved a pastoral strategy to promote prayer, penance, and sacrifice as a way to renew our commitment to a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty.  As a result of these efforts, Catholics in our Archdiocese and throughout the United States have participated in many activities, including fasting […]

2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 17th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|

Open Your Hearts to Life

The Pope’s interview has captured the news with his powerful theme: “healing wounds and warming hearts.” His message is compelling and comes right from his heart and, in fact, from the heart of our Savior Jesus.  For what person in this world does Jesus look upon and not see a person made in the image and likeness of our Triune God? October is Respect Life Month, and this year’s theme is Pope Francis’ “Open Your Hearts to Life.”


2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 11th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|

From Rome: Day 1

Friday, October 4

Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, while Pope Francis is on pilgrimage to Assisi, I find myself at the end of Day 1 in Rome. What a great day to begin this journey: the feast of St. Francis.  

The purpose of this journey is for the President (Cardinal Dolan) and me as Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to meet with prefects and staffs of various congregations in Rome to […]

2017-10-13T15:53:08-04:00October 5th, 2013|Archbishop's Blog|