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Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., gave a major address supporting the Newman Foundation, Inc., and ministry to young adults on April 20 at the Uni- versity of Kentucky's Spindletop Hall. College years are a complicated mix- ture of newfound freedom as adults, often away from home for the first time, high pressure for academic perfor- mance, pursuit of careers or vocations, confusing social interaction, healthy and unhealthy experimentation, the reality of a hook-up culture, as well as
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God can be found in many places. The book, "God Goes to Murderers Row," tells the story of a man who found God in prison in 1943, while waiting to be electrocuted. Derrick Barker found God in the Pike County Detention Center while serv- ing a charge of second degree burglary. Barker was baptized into the Catholic faith April 8, 2018, by Father Richard Wat- son, pastor of St. Francis of As- sisi Church, Pikeville. Barker, who is from Greenup County, was incarcerated in the
Pike prisoner walks with pastor through RCIA into the Church
Fr. Richard Watson confers the sacrament of Confirmation on Derrick Barker. Also pictured is sponsor Kenny Schmidt. CR photo: Nancy M. Goss
Greenup County Detention Center on January 2, 2016. "I was charged with second de- gree burglary," he said. "That means I had basically entered someone's home, or garage, or car, and took something that didn't belong to me." He was sentenced to 10 years. Barker says it was substance abuse that caused him to steal. After being charged, he was released on his own recogni- zance, with no bond. He was allowed to stay with his grand- mother, who has dementia, and help take care of her. There was a time-consuming inves- tigation and during this time he "shook the habit" and has remained clean. "Although I was already offdrugs, the Cor- rections Department likes for you to attend a substance abuse program," he explained. Barker was moved to the Pike County Detention Cen- ter in March, 2017, where he was entered into the West Care Substance Abuse Program for six months. He was a model prisoner and was named senior elder of the program.
Bishop focuses on care of Millennials in Newman Foundation address
From left: Father Gary Simpson, pastor of St. Clare in Berea; Michael Rivage Seul, Berea, Dr. David Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies at UK, Guy Patrick, Berea and Father Nick Pagano, Pax Christi. CR photo: Alanna Sinninger
social isolation; it is a time of both big dreams and hard knocks." said Bishop Stowe. "It is a time when young people are making life choices and can envi- sion incredible options and possibilities within their reach; it is simultaneously a time, we are learning, of anxiety, depression and ev- er-increasing stress. Early in his pontificate, Pope Francis gave us a great perspective for evangeliza- tion, called ' The Joy of the Gospel. The pope personally demonstrates the joy of an encounter with the risen Christ, an encounter which motivates one to share that joy and deepen that encounter," he said. "The pope emphasizes joy because he does not want a church that is fin- ger wagging and scolding, multiplying its pronouncements against so many things, but rather a Church that re-dis- covers the genuine 'Good News' that is the message of Jesus accessible to the people of today." Bishop Stowe highlighted what theNext Page