Two schools celebrate 2017 Blue Ribbon designation

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos announced Sept. 28 that 342 schools across the country, including two in the Diocese of Covington, have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

The two diocesan schools are St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs, and Villa Madonna Academy (elementary) in Villa Hills.

“Congratulations” to the two school communities “on achieving the highest national recognition bestowed on a school,” said Michael Clines, superintendent for Catholic schools.

This is the second time that both local schools have received Blue Ribbons – St. Joseph School in 2006 and Villa Madonna Elementary in 2007. They are two of the 15 Blue Ribbon Schools in the Diocese of Covington.

2018 World Meeting of Families

“The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 22-26, 2018. Participants will encounter Jesus Christ, experience his universal Church and return home empowered for discipleship.

You are invited to join other pilgrims from the Diocese of Covington!

To find out more information or to register to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families, visit the Diocese of Covington website at or call the director of the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation, Isaak Isaak, at (859) 392-1500.

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Discernment Dinner for Men


On the first Sunday of every month the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th and Madison in Covington, hosts a Discernment Dinner at the Cathedral rectory for men (high school age and older) who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, open to the possibility of a vocation or would simply like to have questions answered about the priesthood or seminary. These dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and usually last about 60-90 minutes. The next dates are Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1.