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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. Ginny Vicini knows Central and Eastern Kentucky needs. She is the new director of Catholic Charities located at the Catholic Center in Lexington. She succeeds Ruslyn Case Compton. Vicini grew up in Lynch, KY, in Harlan County, one of 12 children. Her father, John, was a coal miner, and her mother, Ruth was a "homemaker extraordinaire." She attended St. Stephen Catholic School in Cumberland for the younger grades (several grades in one room) and then to Lynch High School. Vicini went to com- munity college and University of Ken-

Catholic Charities director: Vision to serve all 50 counties of diocese

Catholic Charities director Ginny Vicini. CR photo: Skip Olson

tucky College of Social Work where she obtained a degree in the early 90s. Even though Lynch was a small communi- ty, it was very rich in diversity which added to the wonderful nature of the community," she described. "It is such a beautiful community surrounded by moun- tains. Being raised with 11 siblings, we were not financially rich but so rich in other ways. We entertained ourselves by playing outside a lot. I have such fond memories of growing up there." I started in education and then found I did not want to pursue that career," she said. "My Dad told me that I needed to get involved in the Catholic Church. So I went to the Newman Center and vol- unteered with Catholic Social Services (the name before Catholic Charities) that eventually turned into a job from 1986-1993, when Jim Clark directed the agency, followed by Sister of Divine Prov- idence Fran Moore." Vicini left then-Catholic Social Services in the early '90s to work with Chrysalis House, which provides services to women with chemical dependency issues. From

Bishop John preached to a packed cathedral at the all-schools Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week. CR photo: Skip Olson

T.F. Shaughnessy


LEXINGTON. The purpose of Catholic schools is to "discov- er for ourselves the source of truth, which is God," Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. told the congregation, during the annual all-schools Catholic Schools Week Mass Jan. 31. The Mass was celebrated fit- tingly on the Feast of St. John

Let's aim high," bishop tells all-schools Mass

Bosco, patron of school chil- dren, among others, and found- er of the Congregation of St. Francis de Sales, the Salesians. Prior to the Mass, a full Ca- thedral of Christ the King, Lexington, prayed the rosary in English and Spanish. Superintendent of Schools for the diocese, Dr. James F. Conneely recognized and thanked parents, members of

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