Catholics make up less than 1% of the population in Eastern Kentucky, but local churches are stepping up in a big way to help victims of the devastating floods that hit the region on July 27.
Kentucky Churches, Communities Work Together to Meet Flood Victims’ Needs
The rains began late July 27 and went into the next day, causing massive flooding that destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out entire communities, according to news reports. Search and rescue teams, with the help of the National Guard, began searching for missing people July 29. As of Aug. 1, 660 air rescues and hundreds of boat rescues had been conducted.
Kentucky Ministry for Families Views Itself as Support Movement
One thing that foster parents desire more than anything else is support, said the founder and president of Borrowed Hearts Owensboro in western Kentucky.
Temporary Church Steels Faith of Parish After Destructive Tornadoes
It’s been about four months since the Resurrection Parish community in Dawson Springs, Ky., relocated into a 20-by-20 foot steel shed after a tornado destroyed their church, and parishioner Rhonda Mills says there are still Masses where a wave of emotion comes over everybody for the simple reason that they’re worshiping together.
‘From Gumbo to Barbecue’: Louisiana Bishop Becomes Louisville’s First Black Archbishop
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville on Jan. 8 and appointed Bishop Fabre, the bishop of Houma-Thibodaux in southeastern Louisiana, as his successor.
Kentucky Tornado Recovery Expected To Last Two to Four Years
Families across western Kentucky continue to face the impact of the December tornadoes that roared through several communities as one Catholic Charities agency accompanies them along the way.
‘No One Expected This Outpouring of Support’
On Friday, Dec. 17, the scene at the parish center of Christ the King Catholic Church in Madisonville, Ky., was organized chaos anchored on a single purpose: to meet the needs of those reeling from devastation.
In One Town, Survivors Cherish Life As Best Christmas Present
On Saturday, Dec. 18, Elko was out in front of his house loading a U-Haul truck with whatever he could save from his home, which was crushed by a fallen tree. His neighborhood was in the direct path of the tornado, only about a mile from the candle factory where eight people died.
An Eyewitness to The Storm’s Wrath
We are used to severe storms in Western Kentucky, but it was unusually warm and humid for December, and that’s never good.
Sisters Of Charity Relief Team Clears Away Tornado-Wrought Debris; Leaves Hope Behind
Bowling Green resident Janet Jessie was home on Dec. 16, six days after a tornado tore through her property. At that point, the dismantled part of her metal roof was patched. However, debris was still littered throughout her yard. Then, unexpectedly, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, disaster relief team arrived.