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

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

An Easter message from Bishop Foys

My dear Friends,

The strife is o’er, the battle done; now is the victor’s triumph won; now let the song of praise be sung; Alleluia!

So we sing on Easter morn! Alleluias fill the church, lift our hearts and raise our spirits. The season of Lent, of penitence, of dying to self is done. Now we rejoice in the Risen Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ! The battle is over and Jesus Christ has risen victorious over sin and death!

In a world oftentimes filled with violence, with strife, with problems and disappointments we take time out to observe the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ! The joy of this season is something for us to embrace, to hold on to, to rely on. When dark days come, when we find ourselves discouraged, when it seems that no one cares, we look to this day and our spirits are lifted for we know that God does care, that God does love us, that Jesus has given his life so that we may have new life — eternal life!

My brothers and sisters, I wish you all the joy of Easter, not just now during this Easter season, but every day of your lives. May the Risen Lord touch all our hearts and help us to realize that our joy, our happiness, our fulfillment lies in the One who died so that we might live!

Indeed, the strife is over, the battle is done; the victor’s triumph is won! Let us all then sing the song of praise!

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

2019 DPAA

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Funeral Announcement

Bishop Roger Foys, the priests, deacons and members of the Diocese of Covington
mourn the death, May 18, of

Deacon Ralph B. Grieme, Jr.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord; may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
at St. Agnes Church, Ft. Wright.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 23, 2:00 p.m., at St. Agnes Church.

Burial will be Friday, May 24, 10 a.m., at St. John Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell.

You’re invited

Priestly Ordination

With praise and thanksgiving to the Eternal Triune God, the Diocese of Covington requests the honor of your presence at the ordination of

Michael Thomas Grady

Arthur Conor Kunath

to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and imposition of hands by Bishop Roger Foys

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

A reception follows at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington

First Mass

You are cordially invited to a
Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Priestly Ordination
celebrated by

Father Michael T. Grady
Sunday, June 2, 11:30 a.m.
Blessed Sacrament Church
2409 Dixie Hwy, Ft.Mitchell

Father Conor Kunath
Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

Featured News

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 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

Quick Links

Final Investigative Report

Letter to Covington Catholic Parents, Jan. 25

Becoming Catholic