Initiative aims to promote human dignity

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Louisville will begin an initiative called “Days of Human Dignity” Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. A prayer service is planned that day at the Cathedral of the Assumption at 11:30 a.m. to open National Migration Week, which is observed through Jan. 13.

“Days of Human Dignity” will continue for several weeks after and conclude in February with the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Luncheon. In between, several annual events will be incorporated into the initiative.

The “Days of Human Dignity” effort is meant to highlight and promote the dignity of all people through prayer and events. The other events are The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, the Walk for Life, the Pro-life Memorial Mass and the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Luncheon.

“All of these things are tied together and human dignity is the underlying theological principle. We all possess human dignity and it can’t be taken away,” said Father Patrick Delahanty, a member of the organizing committee and a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville.

“These days are about recognizing the human dignity of the people we think about at those events — an immigrant, a child in the womb or a person who needs help in another country,” he said.

The archdiocese has dedicated a section of its website to the effort. It can be found at


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