Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 24

Yesterday, I issued the archdiocesan plan for reopening our churches for public liturgical celebrations, including Mass. My letter to the faithful is below. Please find the plan here at www.archlou.org/COVID-19.

Please note that I will be engaged in ongoing consultation with our pastors as these plans unfold at our parishes and will make adjustments as necessary.

Thank you for your patience and faith during these difficult days.  […]

2020-05-12T12:04:34-04:00May 12th, 2020|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 23

I would like to update you about a few developments in our archdiocesan response to sexual abuse. First, however, I want you to know of my prayers during this COVID-19 pandemic, especially for those who are ill or have family members or friends who are ill. I thank you for the great cooperation you are exhibiting. I extend my deep thanks to all of our healthcare providers and first responders who sacrifice […]

2020-03-23T12:14:51-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 22

Dear Friends:

Greetings and prayers for all of you! I am writing to share a communication I sent to our priests this morning about the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also included a video message for the Catholic people.

My Brother Priests,

May God bless you during this holy season of Lent!  Allow me to begin by […]

2020-03-16T15:56:49-04:00March 16th, 2020|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 21

Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese of Louisville,

Greetings and prayers to all of you, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Louisville! I am writing to give you an update on my medical treatment and to express deep gratitude for your prayers and support. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the cards and letters and the deep faith and affection that they express. In a recent article on the family in The Priest […]

2019-09-16T14:55:25-04:00September 16th, 2019|Archbishop's Blog, Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 20

I put the following letter in the July 18 The Record and on my blog and would like to share with my Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing readers:

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

May God bless you!

I have received a multitude of blessings, cards, prayers, and good wishes after my announcement last week of my cancer diagnosis. Thank you so much.

It is impossible for me to respond to all of the messages I have received, but […]

2019-07-17T11:20:11-04:00July 17th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 19

I usually use this Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing to communicate about issues related to the sexual abuse of minors and the Church’s response.  Because I have found this communication tool to be so effective and have heard positive responses from many of you, I would like to share some news about my health in today’s Briefing. (This information also will be included in a letter to the faithful that will appear in The Record […]

2019-07-10T09:57:38-04:00July 10th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 18

Since an issue involving Father Jeff Gatlin and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish has been reported on by the public media over the last few days, I want to take some time to review the steps we took:

  • In mid-May, Father Jeff Gatlin, pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Louisville, was taking pictures of St. Francis of Assisi school field day activities. The parish and the Archdiocese received one specific complaint […]
2019-06-28T11:37:17-04:00June 28th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 17

In my communication with you over the last several months, I have indicated that important directions would be forthcoming from the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with regard to bishop accountability in light of the sexual abuse crisis. I am sharing with you today a substantive and comprehensive question and answer resource about major decisions that were made at the June meeting of the United States Conference of […]

2019-06-14T11:47:19-04:00June 14th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

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1) Later this month, I will ordain three men to the diocesan priesthood: Deacons Anthony Leo Cecil, Jr., Steven James Reeves, and Kirby Brecklyn Rust. The ordination will take place on Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. Please consider joining me at this joyful celebration for our local Church.

2) You may have seen news about the Holy See’s release last week of the Motu Proprio Vos estis lux […]

2019-05-21T10:46:20-04:00May 16th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|

Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing 15

1) I have written often in these Briefings about actions that we have taken to combat child sexual abuse in our Archdiocese and in the broader Church. During this Child Abuse Prevention Month, I also invite your prayers. Here is a resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops inviting Catholics to participate a 9-day “Novena for Protection and Healing of Abuse.”

2) I continue to recommend our […]

2019-04-12T09:25:10-04:00April 12th, 2019|Archbishop's Leadership Briefings|