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

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

A message from Bishop Foys

October 2019

My dear Friends,

Christ our hope, in every season of life! This is the theme of respect life month this year. Each October we celebrate respect life month. But the truth of the matter is that we simply cannot relegate respect for life to only one month of the year. We should respect life every day! Christ is, after all, not with us only one month out of the year but in truth is with us every day — in every season of life.

When we become weary, when life seems bleak, when we find ourselves beset with obstacle after obstacle, crisis after crisis, we call to mind our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For Christ is indeed our life, he is our hope, he is our source and reason for joy!

Jesus Christ came that we might have life, and have life more abundantly (cf. John 10:10). No matter our age — young or old — no matter our occupation or vocation, no matter our situation, we turn to Christ our Life!

We live at a time when respect for life at all its stages is at an all-time low. We live at a time and in a world where even civil discourse is disappearing, when respect for each other seems like something from the distant past and where people oftentimes do not even have respect for themselves — for who they are.

We are God’s children, made in his likeness and image. When we realize that, when we comprehend that, how can we not treat each other with respect? We are temples of the Holy Spirit. When we lose sight of that we lose respect for ourselves and for each other. What a sad way to live!

As we begin respect life month, may we reflect seriously on what respect for life entails. May we develop a true and honest respect for each other and for ourselves. May we realize that Christ is indeed our hope — our only hope — in every season of life!

May God bless you and may He bless those you love! And may we all have a healthy and holy respect for each other.

Yours devotedly in the Lord,

Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

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Letter from Bishop Foys to Covington Catholic High School families

11 February 2019

My dear Covington Catholic High School Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that my hope and expectation expressed in my letter to you of 25 January that the results of our inquiry into the events of 18 January at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. would “exonerate our students so that they can move forward with their lives” has been realized. Our inquiry, conducted by a third party firm that has no connection with Covington Catholic High School or the Diocese of Covington, has demonstrated that our students did not instigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial.

In these past several weeks since the original video went viral two well-worn and oft-used adages have come to mind: Seeing is believing and Perception is reality. The immediate world-wide reaction to the initial video led almost everyone to believe that our students had initiated the incident and the perception of those few minutes of video became reality.

In truth, taking everything into account, our students were placed in a situation that was at once bizarre and even threatening. Their reaction to the situation was, given the circumstances, expected and one might even say laudatory. These students had come to Washington, D.C. to support life. They marched peacefully with hundreds of thousands of others – young and old and in-between – to further the cause of life. These young high school students could never have expected what they experienced on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while waiting for the busses to take them home. Their stance there was surely a pro-life stance. I commend them.

I thank our students and their parents for their patience while the inquiry we ordered was completed. The final investigative report is available at Once again I affirm my complete trust and confidence in our Principal of Covington Catholic, Mr. Robert Rowe. Under his guidance these past 11 years great strides have been made at CovCath in every area from curriculum to Catholic identity. He joins me in the sentiments expressed in this letter. I also affirm my confidence in our CovCath students. As for the future, we trust in God and in the spirit of CovCath, a spirit that will not die!

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

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Final Investigative Report

Letter to Covington Catholic Parents, Jan. 25

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