Around this time of year, it seems like we can hardly cram in any more celebrations before the year’s end. Multiple Thanksgivings give way to Christmas parties with friends, family, and coworkers. However, on a “cold and drizzly” December evening, 41 years ago, the Diocese of Owensboro was happy to add an additional celebration to the holiday season.
The archives gets a lot of questions about cemeteries. Most of the questions are for genealogical purposes. However, cemeteries have much more to tell us than just who is buried there.
It’s October and you know what that means; this month we celebrate a holiday that many proudly claim as their favorite.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Bishop contacted the archives with a request. The office inquired about the possibility of using the chalice of our first bishop, Bishop Francis R. Cotton’s, for the Chrism Mass.
My first article for this new printing cycle of The Western Kentucky Catholic, following its summer break, will be an update of the archives and a look forward into possible artifacts to be featured in upcoming articles. This should give readers some information on the plans of the archives for the coming months.
In my article last month, I relayed the story of an archived letter from Germany to Mother Laurine Sheeran, OSU. The letter was dated 1947 and its writer thanked the mother superior for sending him several religious items to the post-war country.
It will never cease to amaze me how badly history wants her stories to be discovered.
God has blessed western Kentucky with many holy souls who have been called to religious life. Some become priest, some brothers, some nuns, and some religious sisters.
School newspapers can be very mundane. This is so true that many schools did away with theirs long ago. Their loss is a detriment not only to the school but also to history.
In my August article I mentioned some of the more peculiar items that were uncovered while the archives was undertaking several large projects. I noted that some of the items would be featured in upcoming articles. This month’s article will feature one of those items, Polly the Parrot.