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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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 13th, 2014|2014 Press Releases|

Archdiocese of Louisville Welcomes 448 New Members

March 4, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) Four hundred forty-eight individuals who are preparing to enter the Roman Catholic Church will be recognized during the “Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion” ceremonies at two locations.  The first will be on Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Parish (3705 Stone Lakes Drive).   The second will be on Sunday, March 9, 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption (433 South Fifth Street).

During this rite, the Catholic Church acknowledges God’s call […]

2014-03-04T10:30:28+00:00 March 4th, 2014|2014 Press Releases|

Catholic Charities Holds Rice Bowl Lunch

February 13, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) On Wednesday, February 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Catholic Charities of Louisville will hold an event for Catholic school students to learn about Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program.  This will be held at Holy Cross High School (5144 Dixie Highway) and will feature an interactive display, lunch, and remarks from Thomas Awiapo from Ghana, an individual who benefitted from the funds raised by this program for Catholic Relief Services.  An agenda is below.

For nearly 40 […]

2014-02-13T17:22:19+00:00 February 13th, 2014|2014 Press Releases, 2014 Schools Press Releases, Catholic Schools Press Releases|

Archdiocese of Louisville Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

January 21, 2014 Nearly 20,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff at 47 Catholic elementary and secondary schools will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from January 26-February 1, 2014. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”

Festivities for the week include the annual liturgy at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28, at Saint Edward Parish, 9608 Sue Helen Drive. Student and faculty representatives from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville will attend […]