Speaking for Centuries


About Bishop Maes

Portrait of the Rt. Rev. Camillus Paul Maes, D.D., shortly after becoming Third Bishop of Covington. Archives of the Diocese of Covington.A native of Courtrai, West Flanders, Belgium, Camillus Paul Maes was born on March 13, 1846. While studying in a Belgian seminary, Camillus Paul decided to dedicate himself to the American missions.
Father Maes was ordained on December 19, 1868, in Belgium. He arrived in the United States on May 9, 1869, and began his ministry in the Diocese of Detroit.
While serving in Detroit, Father Maes wrote a biography of the Rev. Charles Nerinckx, pioneer priest of Kentucky and co- founder of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in Marion County, Kentucky.
In 1880, Father Maes was appointed Chancellor of the Detroit Diocese.
Father Maes was officially appointed Bishop of Covington on October 1, 1884, the first diocesan priest in Detroit to be elevated to that rank. Archbishop William Elder of Cincinnati performed the consecration on January 25, 1885, at St. Mary Cathedral in Covington.
During his long tenure in Covington, Bishop Maes was responsible for erecting the present Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Madison Avenue.
Bishop Maes departed this world on May 11, 1915, and was laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Featured Stories

Bishop Foys accepts candidate for seminary

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Zacharias Schoen, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Aug. 9, in a ceremony known as the Rite of Candidacy, declared his intention to discern a priestly vocation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Covington. Bishop Roger Foys, on behalf of the entire Church, accepted his candidacy. Mr. Schoen has […]

Catholic schools to reopen August 17

Messenger Staff Report In a letter to Catholic School leaders Bishop Roger Foys and Mike Clines, superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced that schools would begin in-person instruction the week of August 17 in the Diocese of Covington. The decision was made after much consultation, including with the Kentucky bishops of Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro, and […]

Second Grade Teacher – Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament School has an immediate opening for a full-time second grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. Applicants must be a practicing Catholic, hold a valid teaching degree, and be proficient in the areas of classroom management, tiered instruction, differentiation, and collaboration. Experience with elementary-aged children is strongly preferred. Interested applicants should e-mail Principal […]

School Cafeteria Managers

Two cafeterias in our Diocesan elementary schools are in need of Managers for the 2020-21 school year: ·         Prince of Peace Montessori School in Covington:  www.popcov.com ·         St. Philip School in Melbourne:  https://sites.google.com/a/stphilipky.org/school/  The Manager’s primary responsibilities involve overall supervision of the respective School’s program; managing employees of the program; ordering, receiving, and managing inventory; preparing and serving […]

Montessori Teacher – Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace Catholic Montessori, located in Covington, Kentucky, has an immediate opening for a full-time teacher for 2020-2021 school year.  The teaching level is ages 9-12, serving students in the traditional 4-6 grades.  Candidates should be practicing Catholics and have a valid teaching certificate with experience or training in the Montessori method.    Interested […]

Preschool Assistant – Holy Trinity

Little Patriots Preschool in Bellevue, Ky is currently seeking a part time teacher’s assistant for a 3-5 year old classroom. Position is seasonal from September – May.  You would work in collaboration with the teacher. Job duties include assisting in the daily management of the classroom, helping with lessons, meals, toileting, light housekeeping and parent […]

School Support Aide – Mary, Queen of Heaven

Mary, Queen of Heaven school is seeking to fill a part-time support staff position. Hours are M-F from 8:00AM to 2:00PM.  Those interested in applying should send an email to principal, Meg Piatt at [email protected]

Junior High Math Teacher/Interventionist – St. Henry Elementary

St. Henry Catholic School is looking to add a junior high math interventionist and teacher to our team for this upcoming school year.  We are looking for someone to teach one algebra class and be an interventionist for students needing to close gaps in their mathematical understanding, but also to accelerate students’ mathematical skills.  The position […]

Natural Family Planning is about love, life, freedom and gift

By David Cooley. In the midst of all that is going on in our country and in our world, it’s not surprising that Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 19-25) passed by under the radar without winning much interest or attention. In a way, it’s fitting because Natural Family Planning (NFP) is one of the […]

Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington Statement on Abuse File Review

Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington Statement on Abuse File Review July 31, 2020 The Diocese of Covington today is releasing the names of priests, religious, deacons and lay employees who have served in our Diocese against whom one or more allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been substantiated. The list is the product […]

Instructional Aide – Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament School is hiring at part-time instructional aide for the 2020-2021 school year. Responsibilities include assisting the reading specialist with instruction, working as a 1st grade/Jr. High instructional aide, and monitoring recess. The days and hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Experience with elementary-aged children is preferred and candidates must be […]

Childcare Teachers – St. Joseph Academy

St. Joseph Academy located in Walton, Kentucky is looking to hire two childcare teachers to care for children ages 2 years-12 years. You will create your own lesson plans and execute them, supervise the children in daily activities, document their progress and assist them with their needs.  You must have a high school diploma, be at […]

Diocese of Covington releases requirements, guidelines for opening of schools

Messenger Staff Report After months of intense discernment and discussion the Diocese of Covington Department of Catholic Schools has released information on how the nine Catholic high schools and 30 elementary schools and pre-schools will open next month. The 13-page document entitled “COVID-19 Return to School Requirements” was e-mailed to all priests and principals July […]

Parish Kitchen opens for lunch at new location

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. The Parish Kitchen, now operated on Madison Ave., a mile south of its former Pike Street location, opened for lunch July 20. It’s still serving to-go meals 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. daily, this week for the first time at the new site. About 150 guests received meals July 20, with many […]

Preschool Teaching Assistants – St. Joseph, Camp Springs

St. Joseph Pre-K in Camp Springs is looking for energetic and loving people who would like to join our staff as a part-time Teacher’s Aide.  If interested, please email Lisa at [email protected]

Aftercare Teachers – St. Cecilia

St.Cecilia Elementary School in Independence is seeking applications for part time afterschool program teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assistance with homework, planning and implementation of program activities, and actively supervising and engaging children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Hours are from 2:00-6:00 five days a week. Some […]

Middle School Social Studies Teacher – Holy Cross Elementary

Holy Cross Elementary School is seeking a part-time middle school Social Studies teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. We are looking for a teacher certified in middle grades Social Studies with experience in curriculum implementation, lesson planning and classroom management. The successful candidate will demonstrate creative problem solving, flexibility, self-motivation and leadership..  The position is part-time […]

Who is my neighbor? — A lesson from ‘The Twilight Zone’

By David Cooley. I continue to be amazed by our divided nation. A wise priest once told me that you can always see where the devil is hard at work because of all the anxiety and division he causes. The more I pay attention the more this seems increasingly obvious. Another thing I remember from […]

Bishop praises priests and people as he reflects on episcopacy

Laura Keener, Editor. On July 27, Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate his 75th birthday and, as required by Canon law, submit his resignation to the Holy Father. As the date approaches, the Messenger sat down with Bishop Foys to talk about the process of getting a new bishop, to review his accomplishments and to share […]

Bishop Foys blesses new Parish Kitchen, set to open July 20

Laura Keener, Editor. Sixteen months after having acquired the property on the corner of Madison Ave. and 16th Street, Covington, renovations of the new location of the Parish Kitchen have been completed. During a small ceremony, July 10, attended by Board Members of the Parish Kitchen and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington, Bishop Roger Foys […]

Preschool Assistant – St. Mary

St. Mary School is seeking a part-time assistant for a Preschool 3 classroom.  Hours would be approximately 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday.  Experience working with preschool-aged children is preferred.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Nicole Coppes, Preschool Director, at [email protected]


COVID-19: A healthcare issue, say local experts with recommendations

Laura Keener, Editor. As discussions continue about the best way to provide a safe community — especially school communities — amid the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators, teachers and parents can find themselves in a jungle of confusing, conflicting and oftentimes incorrect information. To help weed out fact from fiction, the Messenger turned to the doctors of […]

Outreach Ministry finds new home to serve community

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. “I’m the only priest in the diocese who lives in a grocery store,” said Msgr. William Cleves. But the joy radiating from him and his volunteers that run the Outreach Ministry at Holy Spirit Parish, Newport, shows that he’s far from complaining about giving up his space. For the last two […]

This summer, what will you do with the time that has been given to you?

By David Cooley. No one could have guessed at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year how things would end abruptly before the month of April. It is fair to say that many people are grieving in some way, and rightly so. Instead of the usual end-of-the-year excitement and celebrations, there has been isolation and […]

Business Manager – St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena Parish, located in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, is seeking a part-time business manager.  Primary duties: Assist the pastor in the financial and physical operation of the parish by overseeing and coordinating all business-related activities in the parish.  The Business Manager also functions as parish accountant.  Accounting experience and Quickbooks knowledge required.  20-25 […]

Music Director – St. Therese

St. Therese Parish, Southgate, KY (www.sainttherese.ws) seeks a part-time musician to provide music for weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation.  Preferred candidate would:  possess organ & improvisation skills;  have vocal experience, including ability to sing with accurate pitch and rhythm;  have ability to direct both adult and children;  be available for funerals and weddings;  and […]

School Cafeteria Staff

Several School Cafeterias in the Diocesan school system are looking for workers for the 2020-21 school year: ·         Holy Cross Elementary School in Latonia ·         St. Agnes Elementary School in Ft. Wright ·         St. Henry Elementary School in Erlanger ·         St. Joseph Elementary School in Crescent Springs ·         St. Pius X Elementary School in Edgewood ·         St. Timothy Elementary School in […]

Diocesan schools look forward to welcoming students back to campus in August

Laura Keener, Editor. The news teachers, parents and students have been waiting for has been announced. The second week of August is the week when Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington will begin in-person instruction for the 2020–2021 school year. Since mid-May, Michael Clines, superintendent of Schools, and Kendra McGuire, associate superintendent, have been […]

Long-time principal of St. Henry District High School retires

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Thirty years and many stories later, Dave Otte is ready to bow out gracefully from his leadership at St. Henry District High School, Erlanger. His long tenure started with a phone call, one Mr. Otte credits as the work of divine providence. After teaching for 14 years in Erlanger, he worked […]

Post retirement, Father Vogepohl plans an active ministry

Laura Keener, Editor. During a drive-in celebration, June 7, parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Parish bid their pastor, Father Daniel Vogelpohl, a well-earned retirement. Addressing attendees from the rectory balcony, Father Vogelpohl said, “In about one month, I will have been here at Blessed Sacrament and Ft. Mitchell for 21 years. There is nowhere else that […]

Youth Minister

Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Burlington, Ky. is looking for an energetic, faith-filled, actively practicing Catholic to coordinate and lead our parish Youth Ministry program. The Youth Minister plans and facilitates the activities of junior high youth, especially Life Teen EDGE for seventh and eighth graders, and Life Teen for high school youth, training […]

This summer, what will you do with the time that’s been given to you?

David Cooley, Messenger Contributor. No one could have guessed at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year how things would end abruptly before the month of April. It is fair to say that many people are grieving in some way, and rightly so. Instead of the usual end-of-the-year excitement and celebrations, there has been isolation […]

St. Vincent de Paul finds new ways to reach neighbors from a distance

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. A global pandemic didn’t stop the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky from helping a multitude of those in need this spring — in fact, it bolstered their creative efforts. With stores reopening Monday, June 1, executive director Karen Zengel shared how the organization continued to assist its […]

Business Office Coordinator – Villa Madonna Academy

Villa Madonna Academy is seeking a part-time business office coordinator.  The coordinator is responsible for payroll, accounts payable, deposits, and other accounting functions.  Please send a cover letter and resume to Mrs. Pamela McQueen, Executive Director/Principal ([email protected])

Bishop Foys honors graduates at baccalaureate

Laura Keener, Editor. As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, it is safe to say that the Class of 2020 will have experienced the end of their senior year and graduation in ways that no one could have predicted. The COVID-19 pandemic had leaders around the world enacting sweeping regulations in desperate attempts […]

Public celebration of the Mass resumes, Alleluia

Laura Keener, Editor. After 62 days (since March 20), public celebration of the Mass resumed, May 20, in the Diocese of Covington. It was a day long anticipated by Bishop Roger Foys, the priests of the diocese and the lay faithful. “I’ve heard from the priests that there is anywhere from 10 percent to 50 […]

Sisters assemble care packages for Latino community

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Religious communities in the Diocese of Covington are uniting to bring relief to local Latino communities through outreach. Sisters from five congregations are assembling care packages to give out to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Divine Providence Sister Kay Kramer served as the bridge to unite the goals of […]

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 […]

Aftercare Teacher – St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena in Ft. Thomas is seeking applications for a part time after school care teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assistance with homework, planning and implementation of program activities, and interaction and supervision of children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Hours are from 2:30-5:30pm, 2-3 days […]

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 […]

Physical Science Teacher – Newport Central Catholic

Newport Central Catholic is seeking a physical science teacher for the 2020-21 school year.  The teaching assignment will include integrated science and chemistry.  Interested candidates should send a resume to Mr. Ron Dawn, [email protected]

Full Charge Bookkeeper/Accountant

St Walburg Monastery is seeking a Full Charge Bookkeeper/Accountant with 5 to 10 years or more diverse accounting experience working in a small company environment.  The successful candidate must possess the ability to work, complete tasks, and make decisions independently with limited internal resources and without any outside resources.  This position is 24 hours per […]

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 […]

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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 […]

General Assembly stalls pro-life bills due to coronavirus and opposition

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Note: SB 9 has been vetoed by Governor Andy Beshear since the publishing of this article.  The Kentucky General Assembly ended its 2020 session April 15, with many pro-life and pro-Catholic social teaching bills put off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some bills simply ran out of time, others were […]

Long-Term Substitute Teacher – St. Agnes

Saint Agnes School, a K-8 school in Fort Wright, Kentucky, is currently seeking a long-term substitute teacher for 6th grade ELA and Social Studies beginning around August 26th and lasting approximately 8 weeks. If interested in the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Principal Erin Redleski at [email protected]

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 […]

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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.” […]

Community comes together to bolster ESNKY’s efforts during pandemic

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Creative thinking and community connections have allowed the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky’s (ESNKY) doors to open in a new location — but not the one planned for this fall. The winter shelter closed on March 13 because it could not meet the Center for Disease Control’s six-foot social distancing requirement amid […]

Moral courage and the story of the White Rose

By David Cooley. “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go …” Those were among the last words spoken — 77 years ago —by a 21-year-old German girl named Sophie Scholl before she was executed by her own government in the dark times of the Nazi regime. Sophie was a loving, spunky, young […]

Diocese responds to COVID-19

Laura Keener, Editor. Last week, information and recommendations concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been changing and spreading, it seems, as quickly as the pandemic itself. Governor Andy Beshear is taking a dynamic approach to stop the spread of the disease, which, as of this writing, has claimed the life of one Kentuckian who died, the governor […]

Tips for living in quarantine with faith

Messenger staff report With children at home all day and evening events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s very easy to go stir-crazy. How can you continue to live out your faith with few sacraments and a different daily routine? The Messenger sat down with David Cooley, co-director and office manager, diocesan Office of […]

Two pro-life bills put on hold as General Assembly pauses session

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. The Kentucky General Assembly suspended its session March 13 and 16 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize social interaction. Here are some updates to some of the bills the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCK) is watching this session. All information is up-to-date as of this print. […]

Varsity Basketball Coach – Villa Madonna Academy

Villa Madonna Academy High School/Junior High has an opening for a Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach and a Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach.  Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Mr. Jim Demler, Athletic Director ([email protected])

DPAA kickoff dinners testify to hope

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Two 2020 Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA) kickoff dinners were held last week, March 3 and 5, at The Prizing House, Cynthiana and Receptions, Erlanger, respectively. The DPAA is a chance for members of the Diocese of Covington to support the many ministries and services under the umbrella of the Church, […]

‘Bill’s Kids’ carries on legacy of Special Forces soldier with heart for children

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. “I don’t believe in coincidence anymore,” said Ray Rechtin. That’s the reason he and his wife founded “Bill’s Kids,” in memory of their late son and soldier Bill. Bill Rechtin always had a heart for service and kindness, according to his grade school classmate, Father Michael Hennigen. During his deployment in […]

CCK urges strong push for votes on scholarship tax credits

Messenger staff report As the Kentucky General Assembly passes the midway point of its 2020 session, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky is asking constituents to make a strong push for Scholarship Tax Credit legislation. “A group of House Republicans are fighting hard to prevent HB 350 from even getting a vote in 2020,” said Andrew […]

Over 200 catechumens and candidates presented to Bishop Foys in two ceremonies at the Cathedral Basilica

Laura Keener, Editor. In two separate ceremonies, March 1, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 92 catechumens and 128 candidates from the parishes and missions of the Diocese of Covington were presented to Bishop Roger Foys as this year’s elect. Catechumens are unbaptized persons converting to Catholicism. Candidates are Christians who have already […]

Ash Wednesday: ‘Return to the Lord with your whole heart’

Laura Keener, Editor. A large crowd attended Ash Wednesday Mass, Feb. 26, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Bishop Roger Foys was the main celebrant. Concelebrating and distributing ashes were Father Ryan Maher, rector and vicar general; Father Daniel Schomaker, vicar general; Father Michael Norton, vocations promoter; and Father Joseph Shelton, administrative assistant […]

St. Cecilia completes Parish Center

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. A dream has finally come true for parishioners at St. Cecilia Parish, Independence. Under the leadership of Father Mario Tizziani, the parish recently completed a $6 million dollar building project for a Parish Center and addition to the parish school. The community gathered, Feb. 23, to formally dedicate the new facility. […]

Members of Diocese of Covington make Catholic voice heard in Frankfort

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Approximately 140 people from the Diocese of Covington attended [email protected] in Frankfort Feb. 27, making it the largest representation from any diocese for the annual event. Sponsored by the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the event invites Catholics to make their voices heard in the public square. This year, the CCK chose […]

Beloved Cathedral curator retires, reflects on years of service

Laura Keener, Editor. For 28 years Berry Mang has been unlocking and locking the doors at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Last month he officially hung up his keys. Bishop Roger Foys, Father Ryan Maher, rector, and the Cathedral community joyfully celebrated, Sunday, Feb. 23, the retirement of the beloved curator. “For over […]

Parishes prepare for evangelization weekend

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. The Office of Catechesis and Evangelization hosted its annual DRE/CRE and RCIA coordinator meeting, Feb. 19, in the Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium. The meeting included an introduction to Evangelization Weekend, tips for the coordinators to get clearance for speakers and an open forum for attendees to ask questions of the office. […]

Bishop Foys dedicates SHDHS’s addition, continues faith tradition for current and future students

Laura Keener, Editor. The St. Henry District High School community celebrated, Feb. 16, the blessing and dedication of its new $7.8 million addition — the school’s first major building project in over 20 years. At the blessing and dedication Bishop Roger Foys, together with David Otte, principal, and Dan “Boone” and Karen Riegler, campaign chairpersons, […]

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl snack saves lives

Laura Keener, Editor. A snack. Thomas Awiapo said that he owes everything that he has today — including his very life — to a snack. Mr. Awiapo works with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ghana, Africa, and was the keynote speaker, Feb. 13, at the annual diocesan CRS Rice Bowl kick-off event at Bishop Howard Memorial […]

Deacon candidates instructed to be ‘salt and light’ as lectors

Laura Keener, Editor. Eighteen men — 13 from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and five from the Diocese of Covington — were instituted into the ministry of lector, Feb. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. These men are candidates for the permanent diaconate and are studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati. Bishop […]

Join the Diocese at [email protected] Feb. 27

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Bishop Roger Foys invites Catholics from the Diocese of Covington to Frankfort, Thursday, Feb. 27, to learn about proposed Senate and House bills and to share their Catholic perspective with Kentucky lawmakers. Presented by the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCK), the event will address the Abortion Neutrality Amendment, sanctuary cities, the […]

Catholic Schools prepare ‘good soil’ for faith to grow

Laura Keener, Editor. The annual national Catholic Schools Week celebration was held Jan. 26—Feb. 1. In the Diocese of Covington, schools held daily celebrations, recognizing the contributions that everyone — students, faculty, administrators, parents, volunteers — make to the success of Catholic schools. Bishop Roger Foys celebrated Mass, Jan. 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of […]

Chris Stefanick brings passionate reminder of Christian identity in ‘Reboot’ tour

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Nationally acclaimed speaker Chris Stefanick brought a message of love and joy during his “Reboot!” event at Northern Kentucky University, Jan. 28. The event was one of several across the country under a tour with the same name. The evening featured a presentation from the T.V. host and author, who reminded the […]

Clinical Director of Counseling Programs

The Diocese of Covington’s Catholic Charities is seeking to hire a Clinical Director for our faith- based Counseling Programs. The position is 40 hours per week or 100% FTE.  The Clinical Director is responsible for the administrative and clinical supervision of program staff, including, but not limited to staff coaching, training, accountability and evaluation; programmatic […]

In Washington, Bishop, priests and pilgrims are the voice for the voiceless at March for Life

Laura Keener, Editor. Pilgrims from the Diocese of Covington participated, Jan. 24, in the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The March for Life is a peaceful demonstration opposing the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion on demand legal in the United States and has polarized Americans into two […]

Catholic schools represent at School Choice Rally for scholarship tax credits

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. Yellow scarves waved and children’s voices echoed through the Capitol rotunda during the School Choice Rally in Frankfort, Jan. 27. Held inside this year, the event still drew a sizeable crowd, with older students taking to the balcony with rally signs. Students, teachers, parents and others behind the cause advocated for […]

Bishop Foys, cathedral to be featured segment in ‘The Chair’ series

Laura Keener, Editor. On the 119th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Jan. 27, crew members of the DeSales Media group began taping a documentary on the Cathedral and Bishop Roger Foys. DeSales Media is the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. It is […]

Art students collaborate with Society of St. Vincent de Paul for upcoming fundraiser

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky is branching out with an all-new fundraising event: an art night in cooperation with students from local universities. In an event titled “Creative Compassion: A Night of Art for our Neighbors in Need,” the society invites guests and donors to New Riff Distillery in […]

New location for Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky a ‘big step’ in addressing homelessness

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor. After 12 years, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) announced Jan. 8 in conjunction with Kenton County and St. Elizabeth Healthcare that it will be opening doors to a new location in Covington to better assist the homeless. St. Elizabeth purchased the new property, located at 436 West 13th St., on […]

Parents advocate for scholarship tax credits

Laura Keener, Editor. Two local women — Cassandra Behanan and Nancy Deaton — will be traveling to Frankfort, Jan. 27, along with many others, for the Celebrating School Choice rally. The rally takes place during National School Choice Week, Jan. 26–Feb. 1. Neither claim to be very political, but both share the same passion for […]

Cemetery Foreman

The Diocese of Covington Office of Buildings and Property is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Cemetery Foreman. This position directs and supervises a work team consisting of full-time and seasonal employees. Overall responsibilities include meeting with pre-need and at-need individuals and families, assisting the Director of Buildings and Property with future planning, occasional […]

Long Term Substitute Teacher – Newport Central Catholic

Newport Central Catholic High School is in need of a long term sub for science classes. This person would be needed from March 23rd through May 22nd of 2020. Anyone interested can contact Ron Dawn at 859-468-9874 or email [email protected]

Preschool Lead Teacher – St. Henry Elementary

St. Henry Catholic School is looking to add a dynamic, energetic and motivated teacher to our team for a career in our preschool program.  We are seeking a lead teacher with experience in curriculum implementation, lesson planning, and classroom management. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of child development, best practices within a play […]

Alumnae Relations Coordinator – Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy is looking for a full time, year round Alumnae Relations Coordinator.  This position takes a leadership role in cultivating alumnae relationships and engagement including alumnae-related events and activities. The management of an effective communication plan is essential. A bachelor’s degree and excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  Applications will be accepted until […]

Database Specialist – Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy’s Advancement Department is searching for a part-time Database Specialist to provide clerical expertise and to maintain the Notre Dame Academy community database. This position will assist in data entry, mailings, filing and other general office duties. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred. Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to [email protected]

Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky providing a safe, warm, life-saving shelter for local homeless

Monica Yeamans, Editorial Assistant. In recent days the nighttime temperatures dropped well below freezing. There are limited beds available in emergency shelters all across this nation not just in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The realities of homelessness are visible on the cities’ street corners and overpasses. This week — National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week […]

In the midst of a faith crisis — the stakes are high

By David Cooley. I have read many religious resources that state that there is a crisis of faith among Catholic young people. I don’t doubt that at all. Recent studies estimate that only 20 percent of young Catholics are practicing their faith by the age of 22. But I wonder, is there not also a […]

‘Diocese of Covington Guarantee’ a financial commitment to passing on Catholic faith

Laura Keener, Editor. Thomas More University has announced a new initiative aimed at making a TMU education more financially attainable for local students — “The Diocese of Covington Guarantee.” With the Diocese of Covington Guarantee, TMU is affirming its commitment to students from the Diocese of Covington by guaranteeing $20,000 in institutional aid to students who […]

In gratitude, Bishop Maes entombed at cathedral

Laura Keener, Editor. On the day Bishop Camillus Paul Maes was buried, May 15, 1915, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recorded the weather for that day, “Heavy rain throughout the morning and into the afternoon, clearing about 3 p.m.; the wind will be from the east at 6 miles per hour.” The temperature at the […]

Long Term Substitute Biology Teacher – Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Kentucky is seeking a long term sub in Biology.  This position would be for the period of March 1, 2020 to May 29, 2020.  Training in Biology is required.  Please send a letter of interest and resume to [email protected]  Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic all girls high school sponsored by […]

Catechesis, confidence and courage

By David Cooley. Since becoming co-director of the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation, I have been reflecting on what I call the three C’s — catechesis, confidence and courage. These three C’s are connected in many ways. One thing they have in common, unfortunately, is that they are often lacking in today’s society. The […]

Seminary Ball draws record crowd, demonstrating what seminarians say, ‘Covington diocese is the best’

Laura Keener, Editor. Each year the Seminary Ball grows as more parishes, schools and Catholic organizations continue their support of the seminarians studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Covington. Over 560 people attended, Oct. 18, this year’s Seminary Ball held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. And, again this year, 100 percent of […]

Looking for a great school? Upcoming Open Houses

Prospective students and their parents are invited to explore academic opportunities at the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Covington at an upcoming open house. Meet the teachers, visit the campus and discover ways that each student can be challenged academically, while growing their faith life. Secondary Schools Sunday, Nov. 3 Covington Catholic High […]

Bishop Maes funeral Mass is an historic event

Messenger staff report. An historic event will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. On that day the funeral Mass and entombment of the diocese’s third bishop, Bishop Camillus Paul Maes, will be held. Bishop Roger Foys will be the celebrant. A walking historical tour of the […]

BBHS Mustang Athletic Complex dedication

Messenger Staff Report. Bishop Roger Foys blessed and dedicated, Oct. 4, the Bishop Brossart High School Mustang Athletic Complex (MAC). The complex is the realization of a $5.2 million project that includes an athletic stadium, a building with locker rooms, concessions, an athletic training room and offices and parking. The field features a synthetic turf […]

Mental Health and Pregnancy/Adoption Counselor

The Diocese of Covington’s Catholic Charities is seeking to hire a full-time Counselor for our Mental Health and Pregnancy/Adoption Programs.  This counselor performs all the duties of a Licensed Counselor, for our general counseling practice serving individuals and families with a partial emphasis on pregnancy and adoption. Educational and Experiential Criteria: Practicing Roman Catholic. Master’s […]

TMU honors Bishop Foys with Bishop Wm. Hughes Award

Laura Keener, Editor. Thomas More University hosted its 24th annual Bishop William A. Hughes Award dinner, Sept. 26, at the Drees Pavilion, Covington. Bishop Roger Foys was recognized as this year’s award recipient. “The quality education that we provide today, and aspire to enhance in the future, would not and will not be possible without […]

TMU installs 15th president; announces two initiatives to make education affordable

Laura Keener, Editor. The installation of Thomas More University’s (TMU) 15th president — Joseph Chillo — was held Sept. 25. The ceremonies began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Roger Foys at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the campus of TMU. Father Ronald Ketteler, chair, Department of Theology, TMU; Father Gerald Twadell, chaplain and professor […]

How sweet it is — two schools awarded 2019 Blue Ribbons

Messenger Staff Report. Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, announced, Sept. 26, the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools. Across the nation, 362 were awarded the designation including two schools in the Diocese of Covington — Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills, and St. Thomas Elementary, Ft. Thomas. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a part of […]

Coordinator, Office of Intercultural Ministry

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF JACKSON, MS Contact: Abbey Schuhmann, 601-949-6934, [email protected]   Title: Coordinator, Office of Intercultural Ministry Department: Department of Faith Formation Reports To: Director, Department of Faith Formation   Summary Objectives: The development of Intercultural Ministry across the Diocese Develop a greater awareness of the need for and appreciation of intercultural ministries across all […]

Father Ryan was ‘consummate gentleman’

By Laura Keener, Editor. Father James Ryan, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Covington for 44 years, died Sept. 7. He was 75 years old. Father Ryan was the oldest of four children — Barbara, Robert and Kathleen — of James and Lois (Vaught) Ryan. When he was six years old his parents died […]

Scholarship Tax Credits

How to answer pro-choice arguments: Part 3 — Hard cases

By: Caitlin Shaughnessy Dwyer. This is the conclusion of a three-part series about a simple strategy that can help make difficult conversations about abortion a little easier. The strategy is centered on asking one simple question: “If you were convinced that the unborn child is a human life, would you still support abortion?” In Part […]

Teaching Assistant

Julie Learning Center, located in Park Hills Ky has an available position for a teaching assistant on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30 pm until 6:00 pm for the current school year.  This position requires someone who is able to work effectively with four and five year old children in a pre-school setting.  Previous […]

Intervention Specialist – St. Timothy

St. Timothy Catholic School is seeking a part-time Intervention Specialist for the 2019-2020 school year.  Applicants must hold a valid Kentucky Teaching Certificate (Learning Disabilities).  If interested, please contact Debra Thomas, Principal, St. Timothy Catholic School at [email protected]

Technology Support Specialist – Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy (NDA) is searching for a Technology Support Specialist to assist the Technology Director in providing an effective technological infrastructure that supports the educational mission of our school.  This position is responsible for supporting the technology needs of students, faculty and staff in a primarily Apple environment. Ideal candidates will have experience in […]

Thomas More earns university status

The Thomas More College Board of Trustees announced Sept. 28 that the college would officially become Thomas More University effective Oct. 1. Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education formally granted university status to the college in July. While full implementation of Thomas More’s name change will take place over the coming 2018-2019 academic year, the college […]

Bishop Foys’ statement on current sex abuse crisis

My dear Friends in Christ, A Pennsylvania Grand Jury released, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, a report detailing the names of 301 priests who sexually abused over 1,000 minors over a 70-year period in that State. This report, coupled with the recent revelations regarding the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and seminaries in Boston, Mass., and Lincoln, […]

A priestly vocation in mind? Or know someone who might need a nudge?

Discernment Dinner for Men   On the first Sunday of every month the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th and Madison in Covington, hosts a Discernment Dinner at the Cathedral rectory for men (high school age and older) who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, open to the possibility of a vocation or would […]

ACUE grateful for year-end giving, gifts that help its mission

ACUE grateful for year-end giving, gifts that help its mission The Messenger, December 18, 2015 Last December, William J. Yung and his wife, Martha, provided a year-end pledge to the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education (ACUE) of more than $250,000 over five years. It is the largest gift in the ministry’s history. The funds help […]

Gift to Covington Education Fund Helps Urban Students Afford Catholic School

Gifts made to the 2015-2016 Alliance for Catholic Urban Education Annual Appeal by December 31 may provide benefits to the donor for their 2015 tax return. What is certain is that their donation will provide the gift of a quality Catholic education to an economically disadvantaged ACUE student. ACUE, an organization within the Department of […]

Bishop Maes Motto: The Cross is my Leader

Watch the Funeral Mass live, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.

About the Project

A Prayer for Bishop Maes

A Prayer for Bishop Maes

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that the soul of your departed servant Bishop Camillus, to whom you committed the care of your family, may, with the manifold fruit of his labors, enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Clay mold of sarcophagus

Clay mold of sarcophagus

A clay mold of the sarcophagus of Bishop Maes created by Liturgical Arts Studio, Philadelphia. The finished sarcophagus will be crafted from white marble and placed in a newly created mausoleum in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington.

Completed sarcophagus

Completed sarcophagus

The lid of the sarcophagus features a hand-carved white marble effigy depicting Bishop Maes, in full pontificals, lying in repose.

Mausoleum Vault

Mausoleum Vault

The entire tomb sits beneath a starry vault, reminding God’s Pilgrim People that our ultimate goal is Heaven.