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Volume 27 @ Number 11 @ September 25, 2016 @ $15 per Year


The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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Culp: Putting Prayer into Words

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Coming Together on Race

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Dcn. Skip Olson


LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. was the main cel- ebrant of a special Mass at St. Pe- ter Claver, a predominantly Afri- can-American parish in Lexington, to close out the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Commu- nities at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sep- tember 9. After the killings in Orlando, Dallas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and other places, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for the day of prayer to be held on the Feast of St. Peter Claver, patron saint of slaves, Afri- can American Ministry, and Inter- racial Justice. Bishop Stowe based the bulk of his homily on the first reading about Cain and Abel from the fourth chapter of Genesis. He re- counted that Cain killed his broth- er Abel out of jealousy, and that people in our age kill for as little as some drugs or a pair of shoes. What is it," he asked, "that pro- hibits us from seeing each other as brother and sister?" Like the blood of Abel, "the blood cries out from the soil of Or- lando, Dallas, Louisiana, and even Lexington." We all stand accused, he said, because the blood keeps crying out. But, he added, "Jesus

Jesus came to change the mentality of us versus them': Bishop

The St. Peter Claver choir led the assembly of over a hundred in spirited song. CR photo: Skip Olson

came to change the mentality of us versus them." We need to let go of the stuff that keeps us divided," and to do that, "we need to actually get to know each other," he said. Referring to the Gospel reading from the fifth chapter of Matthew,

Margaret Gabriel


The Catholic Committee of Appalachia held its 46th Annual Gathering at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center near Ravenna on Sept. 9-11. Committee members came from Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana and included priests, vowed religious, and lay people. Integral to the annual gathering was the third pastoral letter of CCA "The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories That Shape Us." The letter was pub-

Catholic committee highlights "people's pastoral" on Appalachia

Father John Rausch, GHM, keynote speaker for the CCA gathering. CR photo: Margaret Gabriel

lished in 2015 and has come to be known as the "people's pastoral." Diocese of Lexington Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., welcomed 80 attendees and told them of his first reading of the commit- tee's pastoral letters, "This Land is Home to Me," and "At Home in the Web of Life." At the time, he was a graduate student at the Je- suit School of Theology in Berkley, CA, and recalls telling his classmates "Look how the church teaches here. Minds and wills have come together to make something happen." After his ordination as Bishop of Lexing- ton in 2015, Bishop Stowe was invited to serve as the bishops' liaison for CCA. "He's brought a great renewal of energy to CCA," said long-time member and keynote speaker Glenmary Father John Rausch. Bishop Stowe asked conference attendees to focus on being "beacons of hope in beauti- ful surroundings with beautiful people." The gathering's keynote conversation was a perspective on what shaped the current state of economic affairs in Appalachia, the history of the church's involvement, and thoughts on the future from Fr. Rausch and Dr. Ron Eller. Dr. Eller is an historian, who served for 15 years as the director of the University of Ken- tucky Appalachian Center, is the author of several books about the Appalachian region

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