October 1, 2023 | Local News
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The 2023 recipients of the Diocese of Owensboro’s Sophia Awards stand with Bishop William F. Medley, following the Sept. 10, 2023 Mass. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

Congratulations to this year’s Sophia Awards recipients


Every year, the Diocese of Owensboro hosts a special Mass honoring the recipients of the annual Sophia Awards – individuals at least 65 years old, who received the highest number of nominations in their parish for this recognition, and who embrace and lead lives of stewardship by giving of their time, talent and treasure. On Sept. 10, 2023 at St. Stephen Cathedral, the Sophia Awards Mass was celebrated by Bishop William F. Medley. At the conclusion of Mass, the recipients received their award plaques. To learn more, contact Valeria Vessels, director of stewardship and development, at [email protected].


Blessed Mother, Owensboro: Mary Margaret Brown

Blessed Sacrament, Owensboro: Cindy Clark

Christ the King, Madisonville: Randy & Kim Hardesty

Christ the King, Scottsville: David Gripp

Holy Name of Jesus, Henderson: Marvin Hancock

Holy Redeemer, Beaver Dam: Mary Chinn

Holy Spirit, Bowling Green: John & Lyn Knepler

Holy Trinity, Morgantown: Larry & Mary Martin

Immaculate, Owensboro: Steve & Linda Rocco

Immaculate Conception, Earlington: John & Velma Davis

Immaculate Conception, Hawesville: Clayton & Gloria Gray

Our Lady of Lourdes, Owensboro: Mary Ann Kurz

Precious Blood, Owensboro: Vickie Payne

Resurrection, Dawson Springs: Donnie & Rhonda Mills

Rosary Chapel, Paducah: Gilda Kohlheim

Sacred Heart, Russellville: Norm Wheeler & Bernadette Mullen

St. Agnes, Uniontown: Cheryl Berry

St. Alphonsus, St. Joseph: Jackie Freels

St. Ambrose, Henshaw: Ellen Day

St. Ann, Morganfield: Eddie & Mary Jo Steward

St. Anthony, Peonia: Hubert Clemons

St. Anthony, Browns Valley: Greg & Delores Smith

St. Anthony of Padua, Grand Rivers: Joyce Noonan

St. Anthony the Abbot, Axtel: Robert & Lisa Henning

St. Augustine, Grayson Springs: Rex & Anna Voorhies

St. Augustine, Reed: Larry & Sherry Schwartz

St. Benedict, Wax: Bonnie Johnston

St. Charles, Bardwell: Leonard & Carla Estrada

St. Charles Borromeo, Livermore: Kevin & Judy Fee

St. Columba, Lewisport: Patricia Wardrip

St. Denis, Fancy Farm: Ray & Sue Potts

St. Elizabeth, Clarkson: Jim & Edna Bratcher

St. Elizabeth, Curdsville: Peggy McCarthy

St. Francis de Sales, Paducah: Susan Tanner

St. Francis Borgia, Sturgis: Charlie & Gloria Mendoza

St. Francisof Assisi, Guthrie: Judy Lennon

St. Henry, Aurora: Casey & Diane Orlowski

St. Jerome, Fancy Farm: John & Jeanine Puckett

St. John the Baptist, Fordsville: Edward Lyons

St. John the Evangelist, Paducah: Annella Waldridge

St. John the Evangelist, Sunfish: Chris Wolfe

St. Joseph, Bowling Green: Joe & Sandy Miller

St. Joseph, Central City: Rick & Gail Davenport

St. Joseph, Leitchfield: Beverly Harrison

St. Joseph, Mayfield: Julia Wooldridge

Sts. Joseph & Paul, Owensboro: Patricia Hamilton

St. Lawrence, Philpot: J.C. & Sharon Roby

St. Leo, Murray: Roger & Mary Haney

St. Mark, Eddyville: Bob & Jan Chaplin

St. Martin, Rome: Larry & Becky Krampe

St. Mary, Franklin: Casimiro & Yolanda Moratin

St. Mary Magdalene, Sorgho: Phil & Cathy Ebelhar

St. Mary of the Woods, McQuady: Rena Hale

St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville: Owen (posthumously) & Majella Mills

St. Michael, Sebree: Connie Caldwell

St. Paul, Princeton: Teresa Wurts

St. Paul, Leitchfield: Sharon Cooper

St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley: Johnny & Paula McFadden

Sts. Peter & Paul, Hopkinsville: Imelda Gorman

St. Pius X, Calvert City: David & Donna Carr

St. Pius X, Owensboro: Ed & Linda Calhoun

St. Romuald, Hardinsburg: Rudy & Kathy Brumfield

St. Sebastian, Calhoun: Tony & Cindy Searcy

St. Stephen, Cadiz: Jim & K.G. Ariagno

St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro: Mary Helen Nash

St. Thomas More, Paducah: Kevin & Eileen Segebarth

St. William, Knottsville: Mike & Marie Payne

St. William of Vercelli, Marion: Lynn & Kathy Bechler

Originally printed in the October 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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