Executive Director – Catholic Charities

Due to a planned retirement in early 2023, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, KY (www.covdio.org) seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director of its Catholic Charities ministry. As Christ “came not to be served, but to serve”, a primary focus of the social mission of the Church is mercy to the poor and the sick, works of charity, and mutual aid intended to relieve human needs of every kind. This is an exciting time in our local Church, and we seek a compassionate servant-leader with the professional expertise to manage, collaborate, and lead. The role of the Executive Director is to ensure clarity and fidelity to the Church’s mission and the Bishop’s vision for the diocese, by providing management and direction to this important human services ministry. A key function of this position involves day-to-day oversight of twelve different areas of service, including: Parish Kitchen, which has operated seven-days-a-week since 1974 and serves up to 150 mid-day meals daily; Mobile Food Pantry, providing 20-40 food items per visit at no cost to eligible residents of five rural counties within diocesan boundaries; Jail and Prison Ministry, which strives to meet the spiritual needs of all who are impacted by the criminal justice process; Counseling, including individual, child, family and marriage, pregnancy, and school-based services; and St. Joseph Supportive Housing, providing housing, assistance, and intensive case management to eligible previously homeless families and individuals. The Executive Director’s role also involves supervision of and/or responsibility for twenty-two staff members and numerous regular and occasional volunteers; ongoing evaluation of current programs as well as potential new initiatives to address unmet needs; coordination and collaboration with other diocesan offices; and representing the Bishop of Covington and Catholic Charities throughout the diocese and the community at-large to develop relationships and support. Candidates must, first and foremost, be faithful and actively practicing Roman Catholics. Required qualifications include an advanced degree in a professional or human services field, prior experience in administration and leadership, and demonstrated competence in the practice of Catholic social service. Those interested in this opportunity may submit a letter of interest along with a comprehensive resume or C-V, including compensation history and a list of references that includes contact email addresses, by email or by fax to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR, at [email protected] or 859-392-1589.


People of the Diocese of Covington help seminarians to ‘persevere,’ says Deacon Michael Elmlinger at the 2022 Seminary Ball

Maura Baker, Staff Writer

 Supporters of seminarian education gathered the evening of Oct. 21 for the 2022 Seminary Ball. Since its resurgence 13 years ago by Bishop Emeritus Roger Foys, the Seminary Ball has become the Diocese of Covington’s biggest fundraising event for seminarian education. The ball is hosted by the diocesan Office for Stewardship and Mission in conjunction with the Seminary Ball Committee. 

A record crowd of over 630 attended the ball, which included a reception and drinks, dinner and dancing, with speeches from Bishop John Iffert of the Diocese of Covington, and seminarian Deacon Michael Elmlinger. Father Gregory Bach, assistant director of seminarians, was the master of ceremonies. 

“Throughout seminary there’s a lot of peaks, a lot of doubts,” said Deacon Elmlinger. “First you have the peaks. Those are the greatest moments, the moments when you say I absolutely love everything I’m doing. You’re growing in your love of God, you grow in your love of the people of God, we just always grow in that love of the ministry that we’re training to undertake,” he said. 

“Those are the peaks but with every peak there is a valley, and those valleys can be very low,” Deacon Elmlinger continued. “In those valleys, there were three things that helped all of us to persevere, that helped all of the seminarians get through. First, ultimately and supremely is God. He constantly calls us to grow in that love of him and to go deeper into our relationship with him, and he gives us the grace to persevere,” he said, citing his family and all the people of the Diocese of Covington as the other two inspirations for perseverance. “It’s you who helps us to persevere,” he said, “whether it’s your prayers, whether it’s the ways that you support us, whether it’s just sending a card or just taking a few minutes a day just thinking about us.” 

In his address, Bishop Iffert reflected on his time as a seminarian. “I came home and let them (his parents) know that I was going to be leaving my job and that I was going to be going away to seminary. I was very nervous about telling my parents this because when I decided that I would go to seminary, I hadn’t yet decided that I was going to be a priest. I thought God might be calling me to be a priest. I had a sense that this was something I might have gifts to be able to do, and I was willing to spend some time thinking and praying,” he said. 

“My parents were amazing,” said Bishop Iffert. “My dad said, John, we’re proud of you and your grandparents would be proud of you. I’m just proud that I have a son who is willing to think about this, who’s willing to consider whether God might be calling them to do something like this. I want every seminarian to have that kind of support.” 

Bishop Iffert, whose mother had passed away days before the ball, finished his speech thanking the people of the Diocese and those attending the ball, saying, “Thank you for your support tonight … this week I buried my mother and I was surrounded by four brother bishops and about 30-35 priests who came together to help me and my family through that time, along with many other folks from the diocese who actually surprised me and made that trip,” he said. 

“It was a great gift to me. And, what we’re doing here tonight is to try to do everything we can to continue to provide the Church with these priestly leaders who will be there for you when you need them. Thank you again. God bless you for your generosity.” 

Image: The diocese’s seminarians sang for attendees of the 2022 Seminary Ball.

Meet Blessed Carlo Acutis — a witness of Christ for all

Mike Krokos, Catholic News Service

Italian teenager Carlo Acutis was beatified Oct. 10, 2020, in Assisi, Italy. He is the first millennial to be declared “blessed.” His feast is celebrated Oct. 12. 

Carlo used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, which he called his “highway to heaven.” On the website he created, Carlo told people that “the more often we receive the Eucharist, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.” 

Although he grew up in Milan, Carlo requested to be buried in Assisi, because of his love for St. Francis of Assisi. 

Carlo’s faith was evident early in life. At age 7, he wrote, “To be always united with Jesus, this is my life program.” 

Before his death from leukemia at age 15 in 2006, Carlo was an average teen with an above-average knack for computers. He put that knowledge to use by creating an online database of Eucharistic miracles around the world. (http://www.miracolieucaristici.org) 

Carlo’s life centered around his faith: He attended daily Mass, prayed the rosary each day, received the sacrament of reconciliation weekly and prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. 

In his apostolic exhortation on young people, “Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), Pope Francis said Carlo was a role model for young people today who are often tempted by the traps of “self-absorption, isolation and empty pleasure.” 

“Carlo was well-aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising and social networking can be used to lull us, to make us addicted to consumerism and buying the latest thing on the market, obsessed with our free time, caught up in negativity,” the pope wrote. 

“Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty,” the pope added (#105). 

There was fruit born from Carlo’s devotion. His witness of faith led to a deep conversion in his mom, because, according to the priest promoting his cause for sainthood, he “managed to drag his relatives, his parents to Mass every day. It was not the other way around; it was not his parents bringing the little boy to Mass, but it was he who managed to get himself to Mass and to convince others to receive Communion daily.” 

Carlo also was known for defending kids at school who were picked on, especially students with disabilities. 

Pope Francis called Blessed Carlo a witness of Christ for younger generations. But Carlo’s words and actions are worth all people emulating. 

“The only thing we have to ask God for, in prayer, is the desire to be holy,” Blessed Carlo once said. 

As we celebrate his life and continue our journey of faith, together we say: Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us. 

Mike Krokos is editor of The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. 

Going deeper 

Carlo Acutis used his talents in digital media and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist to create a website dedicated to sharing Eucharistic miracles that have occurred around the world. The website offers an especially useful digital “museum” where all of the Eucharistic miracles are beautifully organized and displayed. Visit his website at http://www.miracolieucaristici.org. 

St. Henry Parish, Elsmere, has created 41 Eucharistic Miracle panels, including two panels that introduce Carlo Acutis and his miracles project, that schools and parishes are welcome to borrow. Contact St. Henry Parish, (859) 727-2035.

Thomas Murrin ordained to the Order of Deacon

Maura Baker, Staff Writer

 A congregation of family and friends gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Oct. 15, for the ordination of Deacon Thomas (Tom) John Murrin to the Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Covington. Bishop John Iffert was the celebrant and ordaining prelate. Concelebrating were Father Mark Keene, vicar general and pastor of St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright, and Father David Sunberg, director of the Permanent Deacon Formation Program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. 

While expected to be ordained with the rest of his class in April, an injury as result of a fall and subsequential months of recovery led to a delay of Tom Murrin’s ordination, which was celebrated last weekend. In attendance to this celebration was much of Deacon Murrin’s family, including his wife, Mary Murrin, and children, who spent “long hours in the hospital and long hours in Also attending the ordination Mass were many of the diocese’s deacons, including those who were ordained from Deacon Murrin’s class earlier this year and from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and members of Deacon Murrin’s home parish, St. Philip, Melbourne. 

During his homily, Bishop Iffert recalled the second reading from the Acts of the Apostles, describing the formation of the Order of Deacon. In this reading, the minority population, Greek-speaking Jews, believed their widows were being treated unfairly. As a solution, the apostles “call upon the assembled Church to select the leaders who will attend to the collection and distribution of food so that the apostles can attend to the prayer and ministry of the world,” said Bishop Iffert. “Notice that the community and the apostles are generous in their solution. All the men, all seven of them chosen for this diaconal ministry, all seven of them have Greek names. Presumably, they’re all from among the minority, who have raised this complaint. There’s no bickering about representation or fairness, these men are chosen from among the minority community that feels aggrieved, and they are entrusted to share the authority of the apostles.” 

Bishop Iffert then addresses Deacon Murrin directly, saying, “This is an extraordinary example for us. You can’t help but be struck by the generosity of this sharing of authority. There is no self interest in the call of these men, who we will come to think of as the first deacons … the only ambition that is properly Christian is the ambition to serve, to serve after the example of Jesus Christ,” he said. 

Following the homily, Bishop Iffert prays the Prayer of Ordination and lays his hands over top Deacon Murrin’s head, conferring the Holy Spirit to him and officially ordaining him as a deacon. Following, Deacon Murrin is vested for the first time by his brother, Deacon Kevin Murrin of the Diocese of Columbus. 

Following Mass, Bishop Iffert announced Deacon Murrin’s first official assignment — to his home parish of St. Philip, Melbourne.prayer accompanying Tom through those dark days,” said Bishop Iffert during his homily, thanking the family for their generosity of supporting Deacon Murrin and his pursuit of his “ordained ministry in the Church.” 

Image: Laying his hands over the head of Deacon Murrin, Bishop Iffert confers to him the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Let the ‘Soul of Christ’ lead you on the Eucharistic Revival

Laura Keener, Editor

On the Feast of Corpus Christi in June 2022, the Diocese of Covington, along with dioceses across the United States and in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, launched a three-year Eucharistic Revival. The mission of the revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The key to achieving that mission is to restore understanding and devotion to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic. 

The revival will be implemented in three phases. Year 1 — June 2022 thru June 2023, is the Year of Diocesan Revival. Each Diocese is tasked to encourage the faithful to grow in their understanding and devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. 

In the Diocese of Covington, Father Daniel Schomaker, director, Office of Worship and Liturgy, will be leading the diocese’s efforts. To start, the diocese will be including Eucharistic adoration and benediction as a part of already scheduled diocesan celebrations. An example was the most recent Pro-Life Mass, which ended with a few minutes of adoration and benediction. 

In collaboration with the Messenger, the Office of Worship and Liturgy begins with this edition a yearlong, weekly series of brief articles to engage “the head and the heart;” to increase the understanding of and love for Jesus in the Eucharist. The series will introduce or re-introduce Eucharistic prayers; Eucharistic art and music, which are seen and heard in parish churches; praying the Mass, the source and summit of our Eucharistic life; and sharing personal witnesses, both local and historical. 

The series begins by introducing a prayer — the “Anima Christi” (“Soul of Christ”). The Anima Christi is an ancient prayer. It is typically referred to as the prayer After Communion, since many people pray the Anima Christi after receiving holy Communion. It is often associated with 16th century St. Ignatius of Loyola, although historians have found the prayer in documents dating back to the 14th century. St. Ignatius uses the prayer as an opening to his Spiritual Exercises. 

Adding the Anima Christi to your prayer toolbox, especially after receiving holy Communion, is a blessed way to start a personal Eucharistic revival. 

Anima Christi 

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. 

Body of Christ, save me. 

Blood of Christ, inebriate me. 

Water from the side of Christ, wash me. 

Passion of Christ, strengthen me. 

O good Jesus, hear me. 

Within your wounds, hide me. 

Let me never be separated from you. 

From the malignant enemy, defend me. 

In the hour of my death, call me, 

And bid me come to you, 

That with your saints I may praise you 

Forever and ever. Amen. 

Digging deeper: 

Franciscan Media offers a line-by-line breakdown of the Anima Christi: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit-blog/anima-christi-a-mystical-prayer 

Ignatian Spirituality offers “An Ignatian Prayer Adventure,” an online, eight-week, modified version of the St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/an-ignatian-prayer-adventure/ 

Eucharistic Revival Timeline 

The Year of Diocesan Revival — June 2022 thru June 2023. Each Diocese will encourage the faithful to grow in their understanding and devotion to Christ in the Eucharist, to raise up Eucharistic missionaries at all levels of the Church. 

The Year of Parish Revival — June 2023 thru June 2024. During this year parishes are tasked to foster Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening liturgical life through Eucharistic adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit. 

The National Eucharistic Congress — July 17–21, 2024. This five-day historic event will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where over 80,000 Catholics are expected to gather and be reconsecrated to the Catholic faith as missionary disciples. 

The National Year of Mission— July 2024 thru July 2025. The entire American Church will be sent on mission to share the gift of the Eucharistic Lord with their local communities and beyond.

5th – 8th grade teacher – Saint Philip School

Saint Philip School has immediate openings for a part-time and full-time teacher for 5th – 8th grade.

Interested candidates should contact Jennifer Twehues, principal, at [email protected] 

Principal, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, Chardon, Ohio

Position Opening: Principal, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, Chardon, Ohio
Educating leaders who transform our world is the heart of NDCL’s mission. Everything at Notre Dame- Cathedral Latin, from our emphasis on faith formation, to our college preparatory curriculum to our stunning campus, points toward a life of leadership and service.
Students are challenged toward academic excellence in an environment that promotes an exceptional Catholic education. Providing major savings in college tuition, the College Credit Plus option offers students the opportunity to take fourteen college courses taught on campus. A STEM-focused curriculum stimulates interest in STEM-related careers while the Academic Success Center guides students to higher academic achievement.
Beyond the classroom students participate in retreats, prayer and service-learning experiences that provide students a foundation for a faith filled life. Students play on championship athletic teams, and participate in performing arts, robotics, eSports, mock trial, Marching Band and much, much more.
Since 2008, NDCL’s facilities have been transformed to address contemporary learning and
community. Some include: Annunciation Chapel and Campus Ministry Center, Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Commons, Pat and Janet O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene Baker gym, all- weather track and artificial turf at Lozick Field, cafeteria, tennis courts, and major upgrades in technology and safety.
The Sisters of Notre Dame sponsor NDCL, governed, since 2003, by a lay Board of Directors. On July 1, 2015, the Notre Dame Schools Board of Directors was officially initiated and now governs both schools on our campus — Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary. One of its primary goals is to sustain and strengthen the educational vision and principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Nature and Scope of the Position
Working closely with and reporting to the President, the principal shapes the culture and school community with a vision toward fulfilling the mission “to educate leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.” The Principal, as the chief operating officer of Notre Dame- Cathedral Latin School, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school in all its activities and departments. In this role, the Principal leads others to integrate and actualize the mission, vision and core values of the school in the educational and co-curricular programs.
Major Responsibilities:
Faith & Mission
• Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of Notre Dame Schools in the context of the Catholic Church’s educational mission.
• Ensures that all programs and initiatives reflect the mission, vision and core values of NDCL.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead one of the finest high schools in northeast Ohio on a stunning 450-acre campus in a Catholic, holistic, coeducational education for over 700 students. Position to begin July 1, 2023.
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

• Explores, creates and sustains effective partnerships that advance the mission of NDS and enhance NDS visibility in the wider community.
• Grasps the scope and significance of the schools’ academic and extra-curricular programs in promoting the mission of NDCL.
General Responsibilities
• Works closely with and reports to President.
• Ensures that the Catholic identity of the school is developed and promoted among all
constituencies by integrating the charism and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the
mission of NDCL in the daily life of the school.
• Hires, supervises, evaluates and dismisses instructional and administrative personnel in the areas
of academics and student life (assistant principals, faculty, campus ministry, guidance, library,
• Facilitates on-going evaluation of the curriculum and planning for school improvement.
• Supervises instruction and plans for on-going professional development.
• Ensures the religious formation of students through academic and campus ministry programs.
• Approves the school’s master schedule, assigns teaching schedules and related duties, and directs
course selections and scheduling of students.
• Establishes the school calendar and coordinates the scheduling of all school-related activities.
• Works with the President and Director of Finance in the development of the annual budget, and
exercises fiscal control of the budgets for staff development, school administration, academic
departments, and co-curricular activities including athletics.
• Makes final decision regarding the admission or dismissal of students in accordance with the
school’s policies.
• Meets with parents, students and teachers over mutual concerns.
• Assures that the school is in compliance with all governmental and educational regulations. This
includes all safety and security concerns.
• Represents the school to appropriate educational organizations, diocesan offices and local school
Preferred candidates for this position will:
• Be committed to the mission of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School. • Be Catholic.
• Have experience leading faculty/staff as principal.
• Have a master’s degree in education and certifications.
• Have demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of strategic development.
• Have and model interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for working with colleagues and students.
• Possess excellent interpersonal skills, courtesy and tact to work with a variety of stakeholders.
• Demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills.
• Have an ability to participate in public speaking events.
• Be computer literate and have experience with Microsoft Office Suite and presentation software. • Be self-motivated, work well under pressure, and able to handle several projects at one time.
To apply:
• Applications due 11/4. Send letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, and resume to Dr. Michael Bates, President, via email to [email protected]

Title I Teacher (part-time) Math Intervention – Holy Cross Elementary

Holy Cross Elementary School is looking for a passionate, knowledgeable educator to work as a math interventionist.  This teacher would work with students who are in need of remediation and intervention in the area of math.  Our math program is Sadlier and we also offer IXL to students.  Candidates should have teaching certificates, be willing to learn new strategies, and have great collaboration skills.  Interested candidates should contact Lisa Timmerding at [email protected]


Title I Teacher (part-time) – Holy Cross Elementary

Holy Cross Elementary School is looking for a passionate, knowledgeable educator to work alongside our full-time Title I teacher.  This teacher would work with students who are in need of remediation and intervention in the area of reading.  Our current reading model is Orton Gillingham along with new Science of Reading methodologies.  Candidates should have teaching certificates, be willing to learn new strategies, and have great collaboration skills.  Interested candidates should contact Lisa Timmerding at [email protected]