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Uphold Human Dignity and Reject Racism

Below is a column that I am releasing today here and that will be in The Record next week on June 11, 2020.

On Friday, June 19, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we desperately need His divine love. These days our hearts are pulled so hard. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken more than 100,000 lives in the United States and many more globally, but we have begun to return to the Holy Eucharist, safely and slowly.  Just […]

2020-06-04T08:12:00-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

My Letter to the Mayor about the Breonna Taylor Tragedy

Today I wrote to Mayor Greg Fischer to pledge my support and prayers as he deals with the Breonna Taylor tragedy and as he responds to the senseless violence that occurred in the midst of an initially legitimate and peaceful protest.  My message to the Mayor is below.

I ask for your prayers for our community, for our leaders, and for our first responders.

2020-05-29T16:30:16-04:00May 29th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

Saturday Morning and the Pandemic

Back in 1989 right after our mother died, my brother George, who was five years older and born with Down syndrome, came to join me in rectory life at Saint Mary Church in Catasauqua, PA. I could write books about the delightful experiences that God provided me through my dear brother.

During this slower pace that the pandemic has brought about and somewhat forced upon us, I remembered an episode with my brother. […]

2020-05-26T09:37:57-04:00May 26th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

A Time to be In Earnest

P.D. James in Cologne, Germany

P.D. James is one of my favorite authors whose British style is both elegant and extremely clever. She mastered the art of the detective story and created her famous detective Adam Dalgliesh, who likewise is both elegant and extremely clever.

About 20 years ago when she had just turned 77, she began writing in a diary for a year and took its title from Samuel […]

2020-05-12T14:50:30-04:00May 12th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

Opening Parishes For Liturgical Celebrations

I welcome the public safety plan from Governor Beshear regarding churches and the opportunity for us to reopen for public worship later this month. I join with faith leaders throughout our Commonwealth in thanking him for listening to our concerns as we develop plans to respond in a way that ensures both safety and the ability to worship again together. As we Christians say during this Easter season, Alleluia!


2020-05-01T16:36:44-04:00May 1st, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

My Holy Week Reflections

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz poured balsam into olive oil which he consecrated as sacred chrism during the Chrism Mass, celebrated privately April 7 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. He was joined by Deacon Dennis Nash, left, Father Anthony Chandler, background, and Barry Mudd, right. Public Masses are suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Alleluia! My prayers are with all of you during this Easter season.

I have […]

2020-04-15T11:42:00-04:00April 15th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

Semana Santa y Pascua, Liturgias en español y bilingües

Quisiera compartir información acerca de la Misa Crismal que será transmitida en vivo por WAVE 3 TV mañana, así como las liturgias de Semana Santa y Pascua que serán bilingües o en español. Favor de ver el listado a continuación:

Semana Santa

Transmisión en vivo de la Arquidiócesis de Louisville

Misa Crismal, 7 de abril a las 7:00.p.m. desde Cathedral of the Assumption con el arzobispo Kurtz. Gracias […]

2020-04-06T19:44:38-04:00April 6th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

Holy Week Broadcasts on WAVE 3 News

I am very grateful to WAVE 3 News who has graciously agreed to air live our Holy Week liturgies from the Cathedral of the Assumption. This is a wonderful service to the Catholic community and to all people in the WAVE viewing area (please see list of counties in our Archdiocese below) who will benefit from viewing these beautiful liturgies.  Below is the lineup of these offerings on all platforms:

Watch the following […]

2020-04-01T14:08:12-04:00April 1st, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

A Message on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, I have suspended the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist, beginning immediately and until further notice. Please know of my prayers for all of you during these difficult days.

In addition, below please see a video message that I am sharing with the Catholic people:

2020-03-16T14:40:07-04:00March 16th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|

Prayers for Nashville

As many of you know, one of our diocesan priests, J. Mark Spalding, is now the Bishop of Nashville.  I contacted Bishop Spalding yesterday to check on him and the people of Nashville in light of the terrible loss of life and damage due to yesterday’s tornado. He thanked me for calling and told me that it looks like Assumption Church in Nashville, which is an historic structure, is the only church to receive significant damage. He said that the […]

2020-03-04T08:41:52-05:00March 4th, 2020|Archbishop's Blog|