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Ordination is a sign that the Church goes on

Laura Keener, Editor. Sacrifice, silence, stability — these three words might not usually come to mind if a person were asked to describe an ordination to the sacred priesthood. They were, however, prominent in ways both visible and hidden, May 16, at the ordination of Father Jordan Hainsey and his Mass of Thanksgiving, May 17. […]

Father Damian Hils: the road to the altar and 25 years since

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. With the jubilee celebration of 25 years of priesthood, Father Damian Hils is coming full circle by returning to his childhood parish as pastor. On June 10, he will take up leading Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell, which is where his vocation began. Father Hils remembers fondly his days at Blessed […]

Meet the cathedral videographers

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Those who watch Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption might recognize the familiar faces of the Cathedral rector, diocesan priests and Cathedral servers — but there’s one face they won’t recognize; one whose ministry is at the altar but nearly 180 feet away from the altar of every recorded […]

Bishop consecrates diocese to Mary, Mother of the Church

Laura Keener, Editor. May is Mary’s month. In the Catholic Church, Mary has rightfully been understood to be a great intercessor for God’s people as Mother of the Church. On May 1, Bishop Roger Foys consecrated the Diocese of Covington to Mary, Mother of the Church pleading for her protection during and intercession to ending […]

Deacon Hainsey to be ordained to priesthood, looks to serve faithful

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Deacon Jordan Hainsey, the Diocese of Covington’s candidate for the ordination to the sacred priesthood this year, certainly didn’t imagine receiving the sacrament of holy orders in an empty church. Yet for him, it’s an opportunity to recognize God’s continuing grace. “It’s not the full church and ceremony that you look […]

Bishop Foys freezes tuition, fees for Catholic schools

Laura Keener, Editor. Bishop Roger Foys doesn’t want financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic to dissuade parents from choosing a Catholic school education for their children this fall. In his Friday briefing to priests, April 24, Bishop Foys said that, for the upcoming fiscal year July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021, salaries will be frozen for […]

Amid the chaos and uncertainty of the time ‘Easter is still Easter,’ Bishop Foys says

Laura Keener, Editor. This year’s sacred Triduum services necessitated several liturgical adjustments as each was celebrated this year without the benefit of the congregation being physically present — a restriction to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As recommended by the Holy See, the celebrations were simulcast via live stream on the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption’s […]

Parishioners support local healthcare workers

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. While most of the public stays home, healthcare workers labor on — and St. Thomas Parish, Ft. Thomas, wanted to show its concern for essential employees. In a new program called St. Elizabeth Outreach, Father Ross Kelsch, parochial vicar, and his parishioners have created a system to make sure every employee […]

Bishop Foys ordains Joseph Rielage to the transitional diaconate

Laura Keener, Editor. Joseph Rielage has thought about a vocation to the priesthood for most of his life. The first person to comment to him that he might have a vocation was one of his customers at a Sherwin Williams paint store. A customer, “Jim,” unexpectedly said, “Joe, someday you’re going to be a priest.” […]