Entries by Laura Keener

Bishop Iffert on discerning a vocation

November 2021 I have been accompanying young people making life decisions since I was a young person making life decisions. The advice that I offer is simple. RELAX. Be gentle. Pay attention to your joy. I am always amazed at how permanent and high stakes every decision can feel for a young person. It can […]

After 19 years of faithful service, Bishop Foys to retire; announces Father John Iffert has been appointed next bishop

Laura Keener, Editor. The Diocese of Covington Curia was buzzing with excitement, July 13, as Bishop Roger Foys announced that, after 342 days, Pope Francis has accepted his letter of resignation and has appointed as the diocese’s 11th bishop Father John C. Iffert, a priest of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. Bishop-elect Iffert currently serves […]

For a limited time — exhibits on Cathedral campus celebrate façade dedication

Curated by Father Jordan Hainsey In celebration of the dedication of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica façade on Sunday, June 6, two temporary exhibits entitled “Speaking for Centuries” and “Maes: The Builder” will open on the Cathedral campus and remain on view through June 30. Additionally, following the façade dedication Stephen Enzweiler, Cathedral historian, will lead […]

Pentecost is a defining moment in the Church and the lives of all Christ’s followers

Laura Keener, Editor: Bishop Roger Foys conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 21 candidates from parishes across the Diocese of Covington, May 23, the solemnity of Pentecost, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. The solemnity of Pentecost celebrates the time that, as Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles filling them […]

St. Joseph: patron of a Happy Death

By Father Jordan Hainsey: One of St. Joseph’s traditional titles is patron of a Happy Death. Now that may immediately sound sharp to the mind or heart, leading us to ask: “Just what is so happy about death?” “My mother just died of a stroke.” “My brother was in a terrible accident.” “I lost a […]

Transitional diaconate ordination of A.J. Gedney

Laura Keener, Editor. Compared to last year’s ordinations with no congregation, the reduced capacity congregation at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, March 28, felt like a full house as Bishop Roger Foys ordained Alexander (A.J.) Gedney to the transitional diaconate. Family and friends, including educators from Deacon Gedney’s alma mater, St. Henry District High School, […]

St. Joseph: images, signs and symbols

Father Jordan Hainsey, Messenger contributor. Christianity has used symbols from its very beginnings. Think of the fish (ichthys) made by two intersecting arcs. It stood for Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Aside from the theological overtones of the Eucharist and the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, it was […]