“Mass Mobs” and Other Acts of Creativity

I must admit that I did not understand the meaning of a “flash mob” when I first encountered it in a TV commercial. Now I know this phrase describes the phenomenon of people showing up at a place, coordinated by Twitter or some other form of digital media, to make a public statement.  From the dawn of creation, people have sought new ways to socialize and convene.  In scanning Sacred Scripture, we discover some gatherings – like the Tower of […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00May 27th, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|

David Alvin Cockson to be Ordained to the Priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville

May 27, 2014 (Louisville, KY) On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will ordain Deacon David Alvin Cockson to the diocesan priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville.  The ordination will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street. 

Deacon Cockson, 63, is a native of Grand Island, Nebraska and is the son of Alvin and Mary Cockson (both deceased). He received his bachelor of arts in history from Hastings College […]

2014-05-27T15:40:16+00:00May 27th, 2014|2014 Press Releases|

Archbishop Kurtz sends Greetings on the Eve of the Apostolic Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

In this video greeting, Archbishop Kurtz explains the history behind the upcoming trip in Jerusalem between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and discusses the issue of Christian suffering in the Middle East: 


2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00May 21st, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|

Catholic School Spring Break Week for 2014-2015 School Year Changed

May 14, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) Based upon the change in the Spring Break dates on the part of Jefferson County Public Schools, Catholic school leaders overwhelmingly recommended that Catholic schools in Jefferson County adjust the 2015 Spring Break dates to be consistent with other school systems.

Based on that input, Leisa Schulz, Superintendent of Schools, has changed the 2015 Spring Break dates to April 6-10, 2015 for Jefferson County Catholic schools.

For more information, call Cecelia Price, cprice@archlou.org or 502/585-3291. 

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Statement – Reverend R. Joseph Hemmerle

May 9, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) On May 8, an individual made a report of sexual abuse to the Archdiocese of Louisville. He reported that as a child he had been sexually abused in the 1970s by Father Joseph Hemmerle.

Per the Sexual Abuse Policies of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Father Hemmerle has been placed on administrative leave, pending investigation, as pastor of St. Francis and Holy Cross Parishes in Marion County. The Archdiocese also has written to the Commonwealth Attorney in Meade […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00May 13th, 2014|2014 Press Releases|

Official – Reverend R. Joseph Hemmerle

May 12, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) The following official notice is being published in The Record newspaper:

Father R. Joseph Hemmerle is on administrative leave as pastor of Holy Cross and St. Francis Parishes due to an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor.  During this time, Fr. Hemmerle will refrain from all public ministries. 

When an allegation of sexual abuse is received, the Archdiocese initiates its sexual abuse policies, which include:

  • An administrative leave for the person who has been accused.
  • Outreach to the […]
2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00May 13th, 2014|2014 Press Releases|

School Reunions

This is the season for graduations and school reunions.  I recently went back to Pennsylvania for a reunion and
fiftieth anniversary celebration of my high school class of 1964. 

It was a great weekend.  My good friend and classmate (since fourth grade!), Msgr. Robert Wargo not only gave me free lodging in his rectory outside of Allentown, Pa, but he also gave me use of his car.  On Saturday, I drove to visit my sister Pat in Hazelton and then made […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00May 8th, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|