Days of Human Dignity
By Mark Bouchard
Since the spring of 2017, representatives from a number of archdiocesan agencies have worked together on an awareness campaign about issues of human dignity. Called
Days of Human Dignity
, this effort also serves as a concrete implementation of the call of Pope Francis to "Share the Journey" with the 65 million immigrants and refugees around the world. This campaign will begin in January 2018.
The purpose of Days of Human Dignity is to bring together people of good will to strengthen through prayer, dialogue, and action, our efforts to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate the dignity of all persons. In January, events will be held on Saturday, January 6 (Epiphany) for National Migration Week; Monday, January 15 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Friday, January 19 and Sunday, January 21 for our pro-life witness tied to the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision. The February Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl lunch, in which our schools participate, also will be included among other observances and events throughout the year.
It is our hope that Catholics throughout the Archdiocese will participate by attending and promoting the archdiocesan events that are planned in January and beyond and by taking the opportunity to learn about issues of human dignity. There are a number of resources available at
Thanks to all who have assisted with this effort: Annette Mandley-Turner and Eva Gonzalez, Office of Multicultural Ministry; Barry Mudd, Office of Worship; Deacon Stephen Bowling and Ed Harpring, Family Ministries Office; Karl Dolson and Laura Zoeller, Office of Youth and Young Adults; Art Turner, Office of Faith Formation; Deacon Denny Nash, Diaconate Office; Terry Crawley, Office of Catholic Schools; Shelley Dewig and Allyson Ferry, Catholic Charities; Cecelia Price and Gary Hermann, Archdiocesan Communications Office; and Father Pat Delahanty.
Celebration of National Migration Week: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:30 a.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Prayer service with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider and homilist, followed by a reception featuring foods from around the world.
Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Monday, January 15, 2018, 1:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Prayer service with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider
Walk for Life: Friday, January 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Gather in the Cathedral Undercroft for the prayer walk of 1.5 miles, which begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends between 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Pro-Life Mass: Sunday January 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m. Saint Martin of Tours, 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider and homilist
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Lunch: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Presentation Academy, 861 South Fourth Street, Louisville
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with International Exhibit. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Mark Bouchard at Catholic Charities 502-637-9786.
Mark Bouchard is the Parish Engagement Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Louisville.