Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

A message from Bishop Foys

Advent  2019

My dear Friends,

O come, O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel!  The plaintive strains of this hymn signal for us the beginning of the season of Advent.  We beg the Lord to be with us.  Emmanuel means “God with us.”  Of course, Jesus has already come to live among His people.  He was born of Mary in Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.  He lives now among His people and touches our lives in every way.

And yet, each Advent we hear the plaintive strains of the beautiful hymn asking him to come once again.  If ever there were a time we needed to feel the presence of God with us, when we needed to recognize His presence among us, when we needed His love, mercy, and compassion that time is now!

So, we enter this blessed season of Advent calling on the Lord Who is in our presence, making His presence felt among us, to be with us to guide us, to lead us, to encourage us, to bless us!

May each of you have a fruitful Advent filled with every grace and blessing that the Lord gives so that when we celebrate the anniversary of His coming into the world as the Infant Jesus at Christmas our joy will be complete!

May God bless you and those you love!

Yours devotedly in the Lord,

Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

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Letter from Bishop Foys to Covington Catholic High School families

11 February 2019

My dear Covington Catholic High School Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that my hope and expectation expressed in my letter to you of 25 January that the results of our inquiry into the events of 18 January at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. would “exonerate our students so that they can move forward with their lives” has been realized. Our inquiry, conducted by a third party firm that has no connection with Covington Catholic High School or the Diocese of Covington, has demonstrated that our students did not instigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial.

In these past several weeks since the original video went viral two well-worn and oft-used adages have come to mind: Seeing is believing and Perception is reality. The immediate world-wide reaction to the initial video led almost everyone to believe that our students had initiated the incident and the perception of those few minutes of video became reality.

In truth, taking everything into account, our students were placed in a situation that was at once bizarre and even threatening. Their reaction to the situation was, given the circumstances, expected and one might even say laudatory. These students had come to Washington, D.C. to support life. They marched peacefully with hundreds of thousands of others – young and old and in-between – to further the cause of life. These young high school students could never have expected what they experienced on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while waiting for the busses to take them home. Their stance there was surely a pro-life stance. I commend them.

I thank our students and their parents for their patience while the inquiry we ordered was completed. The final investigative report is available at www.covdio.org. Once again I affirm my complete trust and confidence in our Principal of Covington Catholic, Mr. Robert Rowe. Under his guidance these past 11 years great strides have been made at CovCath in every area from curriculum to Catholic identity. He joins me in the sentiments expressed in this letter. I also affirm my confidence in our CovCath students. As for the future, we trust in God and in the spirit of CovCath, a spirit that will not die!

Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

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Final Investigative Report

Letter to Covington Catholic Parents, Jan. 25