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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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Dcn. Skip Olson

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LEXINGTON. Are we a pro-life peo- ple or what?" Bishop John Stowe's opening greeting elicited a roar of assent from the nearly 300 people who attended the annual Respect Life Mass at St. Paul in Lexington, Oct. 18. The special 7:00 p.m. week night celebration, held on the feast of St. Luke, was well attended de- spite a dearth of available parking due to an event at Rupp Arena a block away. It's good to see us gather as a family tonight-a large family," Bishop Stowe said as he began his homily. Acknowledging the feast

Human lives matter, because human lives are sacred': Bishop, Respect Life Mass

The Congolese refugee community bring up the gifts in a rhythmic procession of drums and chant. CR photo: Cindy Olson

day, he said that, as both a physi- cian and an artist, St. Luke paints us a portrait of Jesus as the healer of souls in his gospel. "Luke em- phasizes Jesus ministering to the poor, the afflicted, and the margin- alized; as one sent to sheep among wolves." Luke is also the only evangelist that gives us a picture of the Visita- tion [of Mary to her elderly cous- in Elizabeth]. It's a picture," the bishop explained, "of two pregnant women-one a teenager and the other well past child-bearing age." He said it shows that "life is sacred from conception to well past the age of productiveness." The healing ministry of Jesus, he said, extends to our own day, where access to healthcare is important, and that "all medical treatment be done with reverence, from pre-na- tal to final palliative care." It also includes promoting the basic jus- tice accorded to all human beings. Human lives matter," Bishop Stowe said, "because human lives are sacred." But it goes even farther, he add- LEXINGTON. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington has sold the Stanton clinic prac- tice formerly known as "Casa San Pio" to private practitioner Dr. Taufik Kassis. The sale was finalized October 31. The Diocese of Lexington will no lon- ger be operating the clinic 'Casa San Pio' in Stanton, Kentucky," said Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., head of the Lexing- ton diocese. "The clinic was opened with great devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina with the support of donors near and far. Although the diocese is unable to continue this min- istry in health care, we are pleased that Dr.

Diocese sells Stanton clinic to private practitioner

Kassis will be taking over the practice and will con- tinue to provide health care in the area." St. Pio, widely known as Padre Pio, was a 20th Century Franciscan fri- ar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. He spent most of his life at Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Fri- ary in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. In 1956, he opened the hospital Home to Relieve Suffering." He died in 1968 at the age of 81. St. Pio was canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 2002. Casa San Pio opened on October24, 2011, with the purpose of providing med- ical care to the poor and underserved of Appalachia. Dr. Taufik Kassis is the founder of the Community Family Clinic with locations in Frenchburg, Mount Sterling, Owings- ville, and now Stanton. He is board certi- fied in internal medicine and has more than 6 years in emergency room experience. He has served the community for 14 years. n

Casa San Pio clinic in Stanton, KY. File photo

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