• The Messenger

    Official newspaper of the Diocese of Covington, serving over 27,000 Catholic families.

    Published 44 times a year.

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

    Publisher of the Messenger

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To share the Gospel message of salvation as an instrument of evangelization;

    To present and explain Church teaching in a positive and empathetic way;

    To promote mutual understanding and unity in the diocese;

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To foster and support all forms of Christian family life;

    To share the personal faith experiences of the Catholic community;

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To report on the development and growth of Catholic faith formation and;

    To be a source of Catholic information and inspiration.

The Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Covington, Ky.


The Messenger is published weekly August through May and every other week in the months of June and July.

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Upcoming Events

Dynamic Deacon at NKU – Oct. 10

Presentation by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, the “Dynamic Deacon,” at Northern Kentucky University, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Praise and worship with Lee Roessler begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission — a donation at the door to benefit Catholic Newman Center, TMU Campus Ministry and diocesan young adults attending FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit.

YOUTH 2000 – Oct. 11

Save the date — YOUTH 2000 will be at Covington Catholic High School, Oct. 11–13. This event is open to eighth-grade and high school students. Visit www.nkyouth.com or call 466-1283.

HMA Meeting and Conference – Oct. 11

Health Ministries Association (HMA), 30th annual Meeting and Conference, Oct. 11–14, at St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, Erlanger. Daily registration options available for attendees unable to participate in entire conference. Visit http://hmassoc.org/upcoming-conference/. Event will provide unique learning opportunities for members and colleagues with keynote presentations, substantive breakout sessions, poster presentations and innovative pre-conference sessions.

Taste of Mission – Oct. 12

Comboni Missionaries, Taste of Mission, Oct. 12, 5–9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Cincinnati. This family-friendly event includes authentic food from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Entertainment all night — including an African fashion show, Mission Market, tour and games for children. Parking and admission are free. Information, www.combonimissionaries.org/event or (513) 474-4997.

Life in the Spirit Seminar – Oct. 12

Annual Life in the Spirit Seminar, Oct. 12 (initial session), 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Curia Building, Covington, and Oct 15 (concluding session), 7–9 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Ft. Mitchell. Call or text 391-5794 or register at www.CharismaticNKY.com.

On the Path to Sainthood – Oct. 13

Presentation by Deacon Terry Sauders, the president of the cause for the sainthood of Irving C. “Francis” Houle, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free and everyone welcome.

Rosary for the World at IHM – Oct. 13

Catholics across the United States and nations across the world will gather, Oct. 13, to pray the rosary for the world. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington, is one of the prayer sites registered for the event. All are welcome to join together at the Grotto of the Two Hearts at 4 p.m.

Evening for Life – Oct. 17

Cincinnati Right to Life’s annual Evening for Life, Oct. 17, 5:30–9 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center. Visit cincinnatirighttolife.org or call (513) 728-7870.

Cathedral Concert Series – Oct. 20

The Cathedral Concert Series begins its 44th season on Sunday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra returns, under the direction of L. Brett Scott. This program will feature Josef Haydn’s Heiligmesse and Felix Mendelssohn’s Jesu, Meine Freude.

Musica Sacra, founded by Dr. Helmut Roehrig, presents and preserves the tradition of large-scale, timeless church choral masterworks. It has enriched the regional music community for over 50 years, with its first visit to Carnegie Hall upcoming in 2020.

All Cathedral Concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. A freewill offering is gladly accepted.

Entombment of Bishop Maes – Oct. 26

Requiem Mass and entombment for Camillus Paul Maes, third bishop of Covington, Oct. 26, 10 a.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. All are welcome.

Meeting Teresa of Avila, Oct. 26

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery morning reflection, “Meeting Teresa of Avila,” Oct. 26, 9 a.m., at St. Walburg Monastery, Villa Hills. The presenter is Benedictine Sister Deborah Harmeling. To register, contact [email protected] or 331-6771. No walk-ins, please.

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