Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

By Laura Keener

Bishop Roger Foys ordained two men — Benton Clift and Joseph Shelton — to the holy Order of Priest, May 19, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. It was an historic day and Bishop Foys could not resist the opportunity to acknowledge the serendipity.

“After today the lives of two people will be forever changed,” Bishop Foys said as he began his homily. “They will no longer belong to themselves. Their lives and the lives of family and friends and everyone they meet, every life they touch will change. They will give themselves totally to someone else. But enough about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” he said as attendees of the ordination erupted in laughter.

Earlier that same day, across the pond, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, United Kingdom. And while most of the world fixated on the royal nuptials, the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption was filled with diocesan priests and the family and friends of the two men about to be ordained.

“Actually, though,” Bishop Foys continued, “the lives of two people in our midst, after today, will be forever changed. They, too, will no longer belong to themselves. They have been called, they have been chosen, by the Lord to follow him in holy orders, to proclaim his name and his love in the midst of God’s people.”

Bishop Foys encouraged the candidates to embrace their mission — to be light to the world.

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the earth’ and ‘you are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.’ It’s nothing that we do for ourselves; what we do, what we say, how we live, is meant to give glory to God. This is our call, this is our mission,” Bishop Foys said.

“It is true, after today Deacon Benton and Deacon Joey will not be the same. They will have answered the call of the Lord and given themselves over to the Lord without reservation, unconditionally. With God’s help and the support of the people they are sent to serve, they will fulfill the promises they make today until the end of their lives.”

The following day, Father Clift and Father Shelton each celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving. Father Shelton’s first Mass was held at St. Timothy Church, Union, and Father Clift’s at St. Philip Church, Melbourne.

On June 11 the newly ordained will begin their first assignments. Bishop Foys has assigned Father Clift parochial vicar, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell, and Father Shelton administrative assistant to the bishop, episcopal master of ceremonies and assistant to the chancellor.

Cross the Bridge for Life, a celebration that continues to inspire hope

By David Cooley

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to, once again, Cross the Bridge for Life! This is the 13th year for the annual life-affirming event and thousands of tri-state residents are expected to gather at Newport’s Riverfront Row festival area Sunday, June 3, to celebrate the beautiful gift of human life regardless of age or stage, ability or disability.

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and include music by the popular band Easter Rising; free face painting; balloon artists; fruit and water; and purple t-shirts while supplies last. Several food trucks will also have treats available for purchase. Parking is available at several lots near the Levy.

The walk will begin after a brief program at 2 p.m., featuring emcee Anna Mitchell, producer/host, Sacred Heart Radio; Bobby Schindler, president, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network (receiving the Defender of Life award); Bishop Roger Foys; Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr; vocalist Allison Riegler; and American Heritage Girls color guard.

As they do each year, bagpipers from the Ancient Order of Hibernians will lead walkers across the bridge. The event will end back at Riverfront Row with more music by Easter Rising and various food trucks.

“When you see the amount of people that come to this, it gives you hope that there are many people out there who support life at every stage,” said Faye Roch, director, diocesan Pro-Life Office. “We live in a culture where sometimes it is overwhelming, thinking that people just don’t care about the dignity of the human person or care less about that than they do about everything else. When you get together at something like this I think you see that there is hope.”

A coalition of more than 20 area pro-life organizations presents the Cross the Bridge for Life, and several will have informational booths at the event.

“I think anytime you have an opportunity to share the importance of the sanctity of life and showcase the different agencies and the resources available in the area, that’s a good thing,” said Peggy Piccola, assistant, Pro-Life Office. “It is amazing, the amount of people that come — old and young — and that it is such a peaceful family-oriented event.”

Mrs. Piccola said that her favorite part is listening to the bagpipes.

“Just hearing that music gives you goose bumps,” she said.

Mrs. Roch said that she is busy each year monitoring the event and making sure that everything is running smoothly, but this gives her a unique perspective as she watches all the people going across the bridge.

“Standing there, watching the crowd flow onto the bridge is very moving for me,” Mrs. Roch said. “I see the magnitude of people — people from different parishes, different congregations and different faiths. Everyone is so joyful — it’s a joyful walk.”

Mrs. Roch emphasized that the Cross the Bridge for Life is not a protest or a demonstration, but rather a “joyful gathering of people celebrating life.”

“Our intention is for this event to get bigger and bigger every year, that’s our goal,” Mrs. Roch said. “We want to invite everyone, not just the Catholic Church but also other Christian churches and different colleges and different groups. We want many people to be a part of this celebration.”

Mrs. Roch said that the Cross the Bridge for Life event wouldn’t be possible without all the sponsorships.

“The sponsors help us so much in acquiring the facility and keeping the event free,” she said. “There are around 35 of them and they are showcased on the Facebook page and on the website. Their names are also featured on the back of the T-shirts and on the materials we distribute promoting the event.”

All are welcome and encouraged to join this family-friendly event to cross the Purple People Bridge and fill it with the joy of life. More information is available at CrossTheBridgeForLife.org and on Facebook.

Religion and Language Arts Teachers – St. Agnes

Saint Agnes School, a K-8 school in Fort Wright, Kentucky, is currently seeking to fill two teaching positions in our middle school grades. We are searching for the best candidates whose teaching skills set matches with the following grade level and content areas:

  • 6th Grade Religion
  • 7th Grade Religion
  • 8th Grade Religion
  • 6th Grade Grammar
  • 6th Grade Reading
  • 7th Grade Grammar

One of the positions will also be connected to a newly-formed school ministry role. The school ministry role will be involved across grade levels in spreading our school mission of “inspiring and empowering our students to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ” while also teaching some of the above subjects.  These are full-time, contracted, positions. If interested in the positions, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Principal Rich Hoyt at rhoyt@saintagnes.com.

Fourth Grade Math and Religion Teacher – Summit Country Day

The Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH  is seeking a fourth grade Math and Religion teacher who will work under the supervision of the Lower and Middle School Director. This teacher will develop and deliver lessons putting creative problem solving and innovation at the service of Math and Religious Education. This position serves as a member of our collaborative fourth grade team to facilitate all aspects of the fourth grade curriculum.  Please see a complete job description


Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Mike Johnson, Lower and Middle School Director via email:  johnson_m@summitcds.org

Spanish Teacher – St. Patrick

Saint Patrick School is currently seeking a certified high school Spanish teacher on a part-time, temporary basis. Saint Patrick School seeks an inspiring Spanish teacher who develops students to be competent language and culture learners. The successful candidate will demonstrate the competencies and behaviors needed to improve student preparedness and mastery and to support the core values, vision, and mission of the Diocese of Covington and Saint Patrick School. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and celebrating Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and should be committed to collaborating with colleagues.  Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts and certifications to wcooper@stpatschool.com.

Physical Education, Health and Music Teacher – St. Patrick

Saint Patrick School is currently seeking a full-time certified teacher to teach music, physical education, and health. The successful candidate will demonstrate the competencies and behaviors needed to improve student preparedness and mastery and to support the core values, vision, and mission of the Diocese of Covington and Saint Patrick School.  Candidates must have a valid teaching certificate and teaching experience is preferred.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts and certifications to wcooper@stpatschool.com.


English Teacher – Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Kentucky is seeking a full time English teacher for the 2018-19 school year.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced teacher, hold a Bachelor’s degree and be certified by the state of Kentucky to teach English.  Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic all girls high school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to ndahr@ndapandas.org.

Mathematics Teacher – Covington Latin

Covington Latin, an accelerated Catholic high school serving bright and motivated students in grades 7-12, is seeking a full time Mathematics Teacher for the 2018-19 school year. The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution.  Please send cover letter, resume, and list of references to the Headmaster, Jason Huther at Jason.huther@covingtonlatin.org.

Maintenance Worker – St. Henry Church & School

St. Henry Church and Elementary School in Elsmere, Kentucky (www.sthenryel.com) has an opening for a maintenance worker.  This full time (8 hours M – F) position becomes available on July 1, 2018.  General knowledge of maintenance and repairs is essential along with some knowledge of plumbing and electricity.  Other duties will include cleaning, sweeping, mopping, grass cutting, snow shoveling and coordinating traffic flows in and out of the parish campus during school hours.  Interested parties should send a resume to Father Gregory Bach, Pastor, St. Henry Church, 3825 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, Kentucky 41018 or through email @gbach@sthenryel.com

Third Grade Teacher – St. Henry Elementary

St. Henry Catholic School in Elsmere is seeking a full-time third grade teacher for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  The individual must be a practicing Catholic and certified in Elementary Education.    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume (including references) to Dr. Pastor-Richard, Principal at spastor-richard@sthenryel.com