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Fr. Noe held a bachelor and a master of divinity degrees, after gradu- ating from St. Greg- ory Seminary, St. Pius X Seminary, both in Cincinnati, and the Pontifical College Josephi- num, in Worthing- ton, OH. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate March 31, 1973, by Covington Bishop Richard H.

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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., accepted 201 people for the Easter sacraments and full communion with the church, during the annual Rite of Election and Call to Con- tinuing Conversion Feb. 18 in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. The rite begins the final stage of the catechumenate and can- didacy, before a person receives the Sacraments of Initiation (baptism, confirmation, and

Bishop accepts 201 during Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Eucharist) or enters into full communion with the Catho- lic Church. A catechumen is a person who has never been baptized; a candidate is a per- son who has been baptized in another Christian tradition. Following the cathedral rite, catechumens are now known as "the elect." One hundred and four cate- chumens enrolled their names in the diocese's Book of the Elect. There are 97 candidates. Bishop Stowe presided at the liturgy-in English and Spanish, assisted by Deacon Ramon Alfa- ro, of St. Paul Parish, Lexington. In his homily, Bishop Stowe

Pastor of Mary Queen, Lexington, Fr. Dan Noll, gives a little coaching to some of his parishioners about signing the Book of the Elect. CR photo: Skip Olson

noted that in the second read- ing, St. Paul "marvels at the work God is doing in each of the Ephesiansand he mar- vels at the grace," and tells the community that they were chosen by God. Like St. Paul, the bishop said, all can marvel at the sto- ries of each of the catechumens and candidates, how each one of them was called through an- other person, an event, or some other influence. He assured all that, while there is no way to know what God has in store, it is more wonderful than we can imagine." ASHLAND. A Mass of Chris- tian Burial was celebrated for Father John P. Noe Feb. 17 at Holy Family Church, Ash- land, where he had been pastor, since July 1, 2000. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. presided. Fr. Noe died Feb. 12 at King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland. He was 70. John Patton Noe was born June 9, 1947, in Cincinnati, OH, to Clyde and Armella (Ja- cobs) Noe. He was educated in primary and secondary Catholic schools there.

Rites celebrated for Fr. John Noe, longtime Ashland pastor, chaplain

Father John P. Noe.

Ackerman, then to the Order of Pres- byter on June 1, 1974, also by Bishop Ackerman. From 1974 to 1981, Fr. Noe served in parishes and schools in the Covington diocese. In 1981, he was named tempo- rary administrator of St. Peter Claver Parish, Lexington, and chaplain of the Federal Correctional Institution in Lexington. In 1984, he was appointed as chaplain of the Federal Correctional Institution and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, both in Ashland. In 1990, in the now-Diocese of Lexington, he was named diocesan coordinator of prison ministry and associate vocation direc- tor in 1996. From July 1, 2000, until his death, Fr. Noe served as the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Ashland. In 2001, he retired as chaplain to the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland. That same year, he was appointed to a three-year term on the diocese's Pastor Review Board. From 2010 to 2016, he served on the Presbyteral Council, as dean of the Big Sandy/Licking Dean- ery. From 2010 to 2015, Fr. Noe served on the College of Consultors, an advi- sory body to the bishop. n

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