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Sister Visitor Center celebrates 50 years

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer
In the late 1960s, a handful of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth teaching in West Louisville noticed their students were coming to school hungry and wearing dirty clothing.

Upon visiting the students’ homes, the sisters found homes that lacked food and running water. They decided something needed to be done to help the families.

In 1969, Sister Visitor Center was born. The center, now part of Catholic Charities of Louisville, has been serving the area’s neediest families […]

2019-07-25T13:39:05+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Hundreds in Louisville stand up for people in immigrant detention centers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – More than 100 people crowded around the steps of the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville on Friday night to stand up for those in detention centers along the southern U.S. border. Read more.

2019-07-15T12:46:30+00:00July 15th, 2019|

A Message from Archbishop Kurtz

I usually use this Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing to communicate about issues related to the sexual abuse of minors and the Church’s response.  Because I have found this communication tool to be so effective and have heard positive responses from many of you, I would like to share some news about my health in today’s Briefing. (This information also will be included in a letter to the faithful that will appear in The Record tomorrow.)

Over the past few months, I have […]

2019-07-10T19:01:21+00:00July 10th, 2019|

Pros bring soccer clinic to refugee youth

Once resettled in the United States refugee youth are free to pursue happiness, and sometimes it’s the simplest kind that can make a difference.

Through a new partnership between Catholic Charities and the Louisville City Football Club — a professional soccer club — refugee youth are finding joy in a familiar past time. Read more.

2019-07-10T13:14:03+00:00July 10th, 2019|

Improving the Lives of Refugees through Agriculture and Environmental Health Inside People’s Homes

Improving the Lives of Refugees through Agriculture and Environmental Health Inside People’s Homes

On this week’s show of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan looks at agricultural opportunities for refugees and also improving environmental health in homes.

Rachel Brunner is the Program Manager for the Common Earth Gardens Program of Catholic Charities of Louisville, Kentucky. Because it is World Refugee Day on Thursday, June 20th. Read more.

2019-06-27T19:12:40+00:00June 27th, 2019|

Table of Plenty fills stomachs & souls

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s become a monthly tradition for the Catholic Charities Common Table organization, and it’s a service that helps hundreds of people every time. The program is called Table of Plenty, and it offers a free lunch to anyone who wants or needs it on the last Wednesday of every month. Read more.

2019-06-27T17:41:17+00:00June 27th, 2019|

Volunteers use old microfiche system to help adoptees connect with birth parents

Louisville’s Catholic Charities phased out its adoption program last year, but everyday the non-profit receives requests from people looking for information about their birth parents.

The agency’s longest running volunteers, Kay Hackett and JoAnne Sherman, help fulfill the requests. And it takes a unique skill set. Read more…

2019-05-10T15:36:48+00:00May 10th, 2019|

Refugee families learn about Thanksgiving tradition

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Recently arrived refugees and former refugees, many wearing colorful traditional clothing, joined with members of the Catholic and wider community for an early celebration of Thanksgiving Nov. 21.

Catholic Charities’ annual Thanksgiving Welcoming Celebration, held at the St. Anthony Campus on West Market Street, is now in its fourth year. It included traditional Thanksgiving foods and desserts as well as dishes brought by refugee families to share.

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2018-12-05T15:18:13+00:00November 22nd, 2018|

New program aims to empower the needy

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Report

Low-income individuals who seek services from Catholic Charities of Louisville will soon find they are being encouraged to address the personal hardships they are
experiencing.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), Catholic Charities is developing a new program that aims to bring about “systemic” change to lift low-income individuals out of poverty, said Deacon Lucio Caruso, director of mission for Catholic Charities. The […]

2018-11-26T14:57:04+00:00November 21st, 2018|