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!

I am communicating with the other Catholic bishops of the state, our Archdiocese of Louisville Priests’ Council, and the governor’s office to determine best practices as we reopen our churches for public liturgical celebrations, including Mass. I know many Catholics are eager to get back to celebrating the Eucharist together at parishes. We want to accomplish this in the safest way possible as we seek the common good of all.

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
May 1, 2020

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