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Catholic Charities awards St. Francis student

Mary Claire Stukenborg is the youngest student ever to have joined the St. Francis of Assisi social justice group, the Committee on Conscience. She also is the youngest student ever to have been accepted by the group as a regular provider of service at Catholic Charities of Louisville and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She began her service career at St. Francis in second grade and at Catholic Charities in the third grade!

Because of her great maturity and precocious ability to hear […]

2018-05-23T15:23:38+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Latest News|

Adoption program moves in new direction

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Lisa DeJaco Crutcher sat in her office on a sunny May day surrounded by photos of her family including her two young children. 

DeJaco Crutcher is the mother of two young adopted children, happily juggling the demands of parenthood with her responsibilities as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Louisville.

With personal knowledge of the complex adoption process, DeJaco Crutcher is leading a major shift in the adoption […]

2018-05-25T14:12:59+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Latest News|

Parish learns of refugee resettlement process

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Ahmed Hussein fled his home in Somalia more than two decades ago. He had a family, neighbors, school and a vision for his life. All that changed when he was forced to become a refugee.

St. Albert the Great Church parishioners heard his story May 15 in the parish’s Visitation Hall.

“Imagine waking up one morning to the sounds of artillery and the sound of all kinds of firearms. Imagine […]

2018-05-25T14:13:54+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Latest News|

New stop for newcomers

A new bus stop was unveiled May 18 at Catholic Charities of Louisville’s St. Anthony campus, located at 2222 W. Market Street. Community leaders including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Lisa DeJaco Crutcher, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Louisville; and Lisa Osanka, interim director of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority celebrated the completion of the first phase of “SmArt Stop” bus shelters that are planned for the Russell neighborhood. Read more >

2018-05-21T18:23:31+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Latest News|

Assumption junior wins award for ‘youth virtues, valor and vision’

Elaine Rooker Jack, Special to Courier Journal


Achiever: Emma Bartley

Age: 17

Grade: 11

School: Assumption High School

Achievement: Emma Bartley was awarded the 2018 Youth Virtues, Valor, and Vision Award from the National Catholic Education Association. Emma, 17, is a junior at Assumption High School. Read more>

2018-05-11T17:29:43+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Latest News|

As Derby nears, prayer service highlights human trafficking


About 50 people gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville May 1 to pray for victims of human trafficking and call for change to curtail it.


“There may be 40.3 million victims globally, but there are thousands here,” said Carrie Bohnert, one of the speakers at the service.

“Nearly 180,000 contacts have been made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, resulting in 40,000 cases of […]

2018-05-03T15:15:19+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Latest News|

2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Report released

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Catholic Charities of Louisville today released the 2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Report that focuses on the state’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking.

The report highlights Kentucky’s new streamlined notification process that better assists in investigations and follow-up victim services for reported cases of human trafficking across the state.

The changes allow for a quicker response to incidents of suspected human trafficking in Kentucky and is one of numerous efforts outlined in the annual report […]

2018-04-24T18:15:21+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Latest News|

Team effort seeks to expand jail ministry

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Members of the clergy and faithful in the Archdiocese of Louisville have ministered to inmates in local jails for three decades, despite there being no formal program to support their service.

In an effort to expand that ministry and provide support to those who are already serving, several Archdiocese of Louisville agencies are working together to bring structure to jail ministry. Read more >

2018-04-23T17:44:40+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Latest News|

Volunteers to Host Stop Traffic Gala on Derby Eve

Louisville, Ky, April 18, 2018- The first annual Stop Traffic Gala is a party for a purpose: to raise $10,000 in aid for survivors of human trafficking. Trafficking is often called modern day slavery and its victims are exploited for labor and/or sex. Human trafficking is a serious problem in Kentucky. Over 200 children were reported to the state as being potentially trafficked in Kentucky in 2017.

The Stop Traffic Gala will be held May 4, 2018 at La Casita Center. […]

2018-04-24T18:13:04+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Latest News|

Common Earth included in FADICA Catholic Social Innovation Report

Washington, DC (April 10, 2018): The largest humanitarian crisis on record is underway today – more people are displaced now than at any time in our history, with nearly 20 people displaced every minute. And while there is no permanent resolution on the horizon, Catholic social innovators around the globe have created viable, compassionate, and entrepreneurial solutions to help displaced men, women, and children.

Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the leading Catholic philanthropic network in the United States, […]

2018-04-23T22:58:52+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Latest News|