catholic diocese of lexington

Refugee families from the Congo and Syria will arrive in Central Kentucky in January under a new resettlement program.

Catholic Charities in Lexington is now a part of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Refugee Resettlement Program.  Fifty-one refugees, or 10 to 15 families, expected in the first year begin arriving in January.  Federal dollars go to cover lodging, transportation, and food costs for three months.

The bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington says the social needs of his 50 county region call for the church to 'get outside of itself.'  The Reverend John Stowe says during his 15 years on the Mexico-U.S. border, he experienced poverty under different kinds of circumstances. "You know they don't take a lot of things for granted that many of us are able to take for granted; they learn to help each other and that's the most powerful thing,” said Stowe. “There's no allusion that they can do it all by themselves, and I think we can all learn from that."

The pope has named a new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington.