Looking for a great school? Upcoming Open Houses

Prospective students and their parents are invited to explore academic opportunities at the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Covington at an upcoming open house. Meet the teachers, visit the campus and discover ways that each student can be challenged academically, while growing their faith life.

Secondary Schools

Sunday, Nov. 3

Covington Catholic High School
Park Hills, 1–4 p.m.

Notre Dame Academy
Park Hills, 1–3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Holy Cross District High School
Latonia, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Newport Central Catholic High School
Newport, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17

St. Henry District High School
Erlanger, 1–4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Covington Latin School, Covington
(two sessions) 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Primary Schools (in chronological order)

St, Agnes School, Ft. Wright
Sunday, Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

St. Paul Early Education, Florence
Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Prince of Peace Montessori School, Covington
Sunday, Nov. 10, 12:30–2 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament School, Ft. Mitchell
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2–4 p.m.

Assistant Editor

The Messenger, the Diocese of Covington’s official weekly newspaper published 44 times per year, seeks a full time Assistant Editor. Candidates must be practicing Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church. The position requires a broad range of abilities, including excellent writing, proofreading, and organizational skills; basic photography skills; a commitment to confidentiality and teamwork; a passion for completing diverse projects accurately, thoroughly, and reliably; and adaptability to interactions with colleagues, other Diocesan employees, and interviewees. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and imaginative, with a readiness to explore multimedia platforms. In addition to regular office hours, evening and weekend assignments occur regularly and are considered part of the job. Interested candidates may submit a comprehensive resume, compensation history, references including contact email addresses, and writing samples to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR by e-mail, fax, or mail: [email protected], (859) 392-1589, 1125 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011-3115.

Bishop Maes funeral Mass is an historic event

Messenger staff report.

An historic event will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. On that day the funeral Mass and entombment of the diocese’s third bishop, Bishop Camillus Paul Maes, will be held.

Bishop Roger Foys will be the celebrant. A walking historical tour of the Cathedral will be given following the Mass. Invitations went out last week to all the people of the diocese.

It was through the vision and vigor of Bishop Maes that the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption was built. Records show that Bishop Maes built Covington’s Mother Church as gift to the city of Covington as a token of his affection and as a monument to speak for centuries to come of the love of Christ, for “indeed, the message of the Cathedral is the message of Christ himself.”

Bringing Bishop Maes home to the church he loved and built is a “monument of gratitude” for his contributions to the Church in Northern Kentucky.

The former baptistery — now a prayer space located under the choir loft — has been transformed into a mausoleum. Bishop Maes, who last month was exhumed from St. Mary Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell, will be entombed in the mausoleum. The new tomb of Bishop Maes features a sarcophagus of white and green marble, similar to the cathedral’s marble work. The lid features a hand carved white marble effigy depicting Bishop Maes lying in repose.

Bishop Maes was the longest serving bishop of the Diocese of Covington (1885–­1915).

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BBHS Mustang Athletic Complex dedication

Messenger Staff Report.

Bishop Roger Foys blessed and dedicated, Oct. 4, the Bishop Brossart High School Mustang Athletic Complex (MAC). The complex is the realization of a $5.2 million project that includes an athletic stadium, a building with locker rooms, concessions, an athletic training room and offices and parking. The field features a synthetic turf that will allow the stadium to be used year round.

The MAC is Bishop Brossart High School’s outdoor athletic facility and will also provide the local community with more venue options for athletics and other events. The complex can be used for concerts, receptions, class reunions, retreats and other social and spiritual gatherings for the local community.

“All can say is it is about time. You’ve been working on this a long time,” said Bishop Foys at the dedication. “I know it was a dream and sometimes it was a nightmare but it has all came out well. That’s because of faith — faith in God, faith in each other, faith in our students and faith in the future.”

The dedication was held Friday afternoon during the school day. Father Gerald Reinersman, pastoral administrator, gave the invocation. Daniel Ridder, principal, and Michael Clines, superintendent of Catholic Schools, addressed the crowd. All of the BBHS students attended giving Bishop Foys an opportunity to speak directly to the students.

“Remember that all of this is for you,” he told the students. “In choosing Bishop Brossart High School your parents have chosen one of the 9 Catholic high schools in our school system. These facilities will enhance your education and will also enhance in its own way the transmission of the faith. What you see today is an act of faith and for that all of us need to thank God.”

<<More information about the Mustang Athletic Complex will be featured in a special section of an upcoming edition of the Messenger.>>

Mental Health and Pregnancy/Adoption Counselor

The Diocese of Covington’s Catholic Charities is seeking to hire a full-time Counselor for our Mental Health and Pregnancy/Adoption Programs.  This counselor performs all the duties of a Licensed Counselor, for our general counseling practice serving individuals and families with a partial emphasis on pregnancy and adoption.

Educational and Experiential Criteria:

  • Practicing Roman Catholic.
  • Master’s degree required plus three years related experience preferred.
  • Advanced licensure or certification indicating ability to practice independently or be within one year of that certification, such as LPCC or LCSW.
  • Experience with diverse populations including children, adults, couples, and families, those with mental illness and substance use disorders, life transitions, all income levels, various cultural backgrounds. In addition, interest in Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services strongly preferred.
  • Experience with DSM 5.
  • Performs all the duties of the independent therapist and demonstrates an ability to work independently other than with administrative oversight.
  • Participates in internal and external functions which advance the cause of human services at Catholic Charities and in the community including: advocacy, teaching, participation in planning processes, etc.

Interested candidates should submit resume, including at least three references with contact email addresses, along with cover letter and salary history by email to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR [email protected].  For the full job posting please click:  Mental Health Pregnancy-Adoption Counselor

Substitute Teachers – St. Agnes

Saint Agnes School, a K-8 school in Fort Wright, Kentucky is seeking substitute teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.  Substitute teachers must be Virtus trained. Please submit a resume or letter of interest to Assistant Principal Judy Pieper at [email protected]

Music Teacher – St. Agnes

Saint Agnes School, a K-8 school in Fort Wright, Kentucky is currently seeking a Music Teacher for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  This is a part-time, contracted position teaching music to K-8 students. We are seeking applicants who are practicing Roman Catholics with liturgical, choral, and theatrical music experience.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Principal Erin Cappy at [email protected].

Substitute Teachers – St. Therese

St. Therese Catholic School is seeking substitute teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.  Substitute teachers must be Virtus trained.  Please submit a resume or letter of interest to Principal Katie Boruske at [email protected] or call 859-441-0449 for more information.

School Counselor – St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia School in Independence, Kentucky is looking for a certified elementary School Counselor to serve students in Grades K-8 on a flexible and part time schedule.  If interested please send cover letter and resume to Kenny Collopy at [email protected].

TMU honors Bishop Foys with Bishop Wm. Hughes Award

Laura Keener, Editor.

Thomas More University hosted its 24th annual Bishop William A. Hughes Award dinner, Sept. 26, at the Drees Pavilion, Covington. Bishop Roger Foys was recognized as this year’s award recipient.

“The quality education that we provide today, and aspire to enhance in the future, would not and will not be possible without the leadership and support of our chancellor,” said President Joseph Chillo, Thomas More University. “As president, I am grateful for the mentorship and spiritual guidance that Bishop Foys provides for me, for our board of trustees, and for our community of learners.”

The Bishop William A. Hughes Award was established in 1996 to honor those who have made significant contributions to Catholic higher education. At the awards dinner, Father Ryan Maher and Father Daniel Schomaker, vicars general, praised Bishop Foys not only for his contributions to Catholic higher education but also for his role as father and shepherd of the Diocese of Covington.

Father Maher was a seminarian when Pope St. John Paul II appointed then Msgr. Foys as Bishop of Covington.

“I wanted to know who he was. What was he like? So, I did what most of you probably did — I Googled him,” Father Maher said.

Father Maher said he came upon an article about Msgr. Foys and he remembers three things that impressed him about his new bishop. First that he has a devotion to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Archbishop Sheen was one of the great communicators of the faith in the 20th century, who for five years (1952–1957) was the host of the popular television program, “Life is Worth Living.”

“A priest must be able to communicate the truth, goodness and beauty of our beloved Catholic faith to others,” Father Maher said.

The second thing that impressed Father Maher was that Msgr. Foys had been a pastor for 29 years, with 22 of those years in the same parish.

“A pastor is always a shepherd of souls,” he said.

And the third quality was Msgr. Foys devotion to the Eucharist, making a daily Holy Hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

“A priest must always come to know Jesus in the Eucharist,” he said.

“I remember being excited about what I read, I remember feeling comforted by what I read, I remember feeling hopeful; as St. Paul says, hope does not disappoint,” Father Maher said.

Reflecting on his 17 years with Bishop Foys, 15 of those as a priest, Father Maher said that the “feeling of comfort” as grown.

“Bishop Foys is a man of great integrity, he is man of great principle, he is man of generosity, a man who works hard, a man of unwavering faith and trust in the Lord. Bishop Foys has the heart of a father who cares and loves his children and Bishop Foys has a great sense of humor. I have found Bishop Foys to not only be a great communicator of the faith, not only a true pastor of souls, not only a man of prayer but also for me he is a mentor, a constant support and guide and a trusted friend.”

Reflecting on a quote from St. Augustine — “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to seek him is the greatest adventure, to find him the greatest human achievement” — Father Schomaker shared how Bishop Foys’ parents — Martin and Theresa Foys — led him to faith in God and his profound appreciation for Catholic school education.

“Bishop Foys has experienced the greatest romance there can be because he was introduced to the Lord and came to fall in love with him because of his parents.

He learned to love — to seek the good of the other — from his parents as they provided for him and his three siblings … sacrificing so that they could have a thoroughly Catholic education. They also gave him the greatest adventure because they taught him to seek God,” Father Schomaker said.

Father Schomaker said that although tonight Bishop Foys is being honored with the Bishop Hughes Award, in truth Bishop Foys had “already gained the highest human achievement possible, because he has found the Lord and the Lord has found him. He has come to the realization of what St. Augustine said.”

In accepting the award, Bishop Foys shared how, as a young priest, he was moved by the witness of a priest celebrating his golden jubilee. As one after another praised the priest for his work, the priest stood up and with tears streaming down his face said in Latin, “Not to me O Lord, not to me, but to your name be the glory.”

“What everyone revered him for was having spent his life in the service of the Lord and those thoughts are mine this evening,” Bishop Foys said. “Everything we do, we do it for the glory of God … I am profoundly grateful for this honor and for your being here. I give the glory to God because I would be nothing, I would have nothing, I would do nothing, if it were not for God’s goodness … I thank God every day for having parents that loved each other, and whose love for each other brought my two brothers, my sister and myself into this world and who worked very, very hard in every way to provide us with a good solid Catholic school education.”