June 1, 2024 | Special Issue
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

The seniors of Trinity High School in Whitesville participate in a senior honoring Mass at St. William Parish, Knottsville, in January 2024. COURTESY OF ANNA MCDANIEL

Catholic Schools: Faith, service, and excellence


Through our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Owensboro, we are striving to inspire students to live lives of faith, service, and excellence. Through our mission, we are continually looking to create communities of learners who are committed to discovering and sharing the Gospel message. Our students will be leaders who bring Christ’s love and compassion to the world around them. We encourage and promote all students and faculty to make a positive impact on their families, communities, and the world.  Through the daily formation of the faith in our school buildings, we feel that these goals can and will be accomplished.

As a school community of faith, we have seen our schools make major strides this past academic year in:

  • Creating a culture of faith
  • Fostering a spirit of service
  • Cultivating excellence in education
  • Developing leadership
  • Building a strong and supportive community
  • Promoting equity
  • Emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning

We are so proud of all our school communities and their commitment to Catholic education!

David Kessler is the superintendent for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Owensboro.

A teacher instructs a student at John Paul II School in Morganfield on Jan. 30, 2023. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

Students are seen celebrating the 100th day of school during Catholic Schools Week 2024. COURTESY OF ST. ROMUALD SCHOOL

Assisted by student and altar server Miles Edge, Bishop William F. Medley installs seminarian Conrad Jaconette (center) in the Ministry of Acolyte during a school Mass at Owensboro Catholic High School on March 1, 2023. RILEY GREIF | WKC

On May 4, 2023, a student places a crown of flowers on the statue of Our Lady during Holy Name of Jesus School’s annual May crowning celebration in Henderson. RILEY GREIF | WKC

In fall 2023, with guidance from the Catholic Schools Office, the diocese’s Office of Communications recorded and created a series of videos to highlight the diocese’s 17 Catholic schools, which spanned from Paducah to Grayson County. Each video included a message from the school’s principal, talking about why they love serving their school, and why families should consider Catholic education for their children. The 16 videos debuted during Catholic Schools Week 2024 and the week after. Watch the video series at http://tinyurl.com/4265wb5b.

Originally printed in the June 2024 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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Publisher |  Bishop William F. Medley
Editor |  Elizabeth Wong Barnstead
Contributors |  Riley Greif, Rachel Hall
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