Pastor: Rev. L. Wilfredo Fernandez
Permanent Deacon: John G. Froehlich
(An asterisk by staff’s name indicates that he or she is a volunteer and cannot be routinely reached at the parish office. For questions about this area of ministry, please contact the parish office.)
Director of Formation: Deacon John G. Froehlich
Director of Social Service: Kathy Frick*
Director of Worship: Terri Timko*
Director of Hospitality: Lisa Boswell*
Business Manager/Bookkeeper/Director of Music: Kenneth Scheller
Sundays — Sun: 11 a.m.
Holy Days — Holy Day: 9 a.m.
Daily — Wed: 9 a.m.
Second Sunday — 10:00 am
Established on a farm located just outside Glasgow in 1975 under the pastoral direction of Father George Bowling, Christ the Healer Church introduced Roman Catholic faith, tradition, and culture to south-central Kentucky, an area more familiar with various Baptist denominations and the Church of Christ. Christ the Healer is believed to be the first Catholic mission in the Metcalfe County area. A restored farmhouse served as both a church and a home for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, who were instrumental in introducing the faith by establishing prayer groups and religious education classes and by conducting home visits.
Father Bowling had envisioned a community that served the poor and provided a recreation space. He and parishioners founded the MARC Park as a recreation facility with a walking track, a gymnasium, and courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and softball as well as a shelter, a food pantry, and a clothing store for the poor. Many years later, after Father Bowling retired, the park was renamed in his honor.
The parish outgrew the farmhouse living room, moving into an old barn that had been renovated into a worship space, affectionately dubbed “The Stable.” The parish used the Stable for a few years before constructing a new church in 1982, the first church dedicated by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P.
At the geographic center of the southern part of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Christ the Healer hosts many diocesan regional, educational, and outreach events. About 50 parishioners continue their activity in the larger community, participating in events such as Relay for Life and the Pumpkin Festival, besides their outreach to those in need. The parish’s social justice ministry has assumed a strong role with coalition partners seeking an end to the death penalty for juveniles.