Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

A Message from Bishop Foys

November 2017

My dear friends,

National Vocation Awareness Week is celebrated this year during the week of November 5-11. This is an annual observance begun in 1976 to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. During this week we are encouraged especially to pray that worthy candidates will hear and listen to the Lord calling them to ministry. We are also asked to pray for those already serving in ministry as priests, deacons or consecrated religious.

Naysayers will try to tell us that God is simply not calling candidates, that the ordained or consecrated life is outdated in our time and that we simply have to consider downsizing. Well, none of this is true! God is calling. It’s just that oftentimes those being called are not hearing, are not listening, are not paying attention to that call. There are so many distractions vying for their time, their attention, their commitment. This is why we need celebrations such as the National Vocation Awareness Week to raise awareness of God’s call and to encourage those already in ministry to keep up their good work. We should also boldly encourage those we believe to be called to respond to that call. And we need to pray! (Matthew 9:38)

In our Diocese of Covington I have designated the coming year as a Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations. It begins with solemn vespers at our Cathedral Basilica on the Solemnity of Christ the King (Sunday, 26 November) and concludes on the same solemnity next year. You will be receiving more information on this year in the mail and through the Messenger.

For our part, let us celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week enthusiastically by praying for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. And during this week, tell a priest, deacon or religious “thank you” for having answered the call!

Be assured always of my prayers. Please, pray for me.

Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

Funeral announcement

Bishop Roger Foys, the priests, deacons and members of the Diocese of Covington mourn the death, Nov. 15, of Father John W. Cahill.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord; may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington.
Committal will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Bishop Foys announces Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations

How Do I…

register a speaker/minister for my event?

In the Diocese of Covington, before contracting the services of an extern (from outside the diocese) priest or deacon, man or woman religious, or lay person a request for verification in good standing must be submitted to the Chancery. Click here and you will be directed to the Chancery’s webpage where you can download and submit the proper form.

sign up for marriage prep classes?

Check out the Office of Catechesis & Formation’s Programs for Engaged Couple page for answers to your questions.

register for an adult faith formation or catechist certification class?

The Office of Catechesis and Formation offers a variety of adult faith formation classes throughout the school year and during the summer. These classes are also required as part of the catechist certification process and formation for aspirants to the permanent diaconate. Click here for information and the schedule of classes.

order sacramental records?

The Archives of the Diocese of Covington offers assistance in obtaining sacramental records and other genealogical information.

get an annulment?

The Tribunal Office handles the annulment process.

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Bishop Foys announces Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations

By: David Cooley Bishop Roger Foys has announced that he has designated the coming year as the “Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations.” The year will officially begin with solemn vespers at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, on the solemnity of Christ the King, Nov. 26, and conclude on the same solemnity in […]