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Eucharistic AdorationCould you not watch one hour with Me?  How must we respond?   Please consider dedicating one hour to our Lord each Friday during Lent from 12:30 p.m., 1:30 pm, or 2:30 pm.

Kola Owolabi in Concert - Kelty Organ Recital, Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:30 PM, Free & Open to Public 

Movie Night, Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm—Calvary is our Movie Night selection.  It is not a historical Jesus story, however it does contain an obvious Christ-figure in the lead character Fr. James (played by Brendan Gleeson).   Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reviewed the movie in  He stated that Gleeson gives the best performance of a good priest that he has seen in years.  Archbishop Chaput says the story makes this movie.   In the first scene a parishioner enters the confessional and from behind the screen and says he intends to kill Fr. James in a week from Sunday.  We, the audience, do not see the potential murderer-to-be, but Fr. James has recognized the voice of the parishioner.  He spends the next week doing his job and living among and trying to help a large number of eccentric characters while his Calvary approaches. Archbishop Chaput also cautioned that this movie is not for the young or more sensitive viewers.  This caveat is echoed in a review by John Mulderig of Catholic News Service that states "it's not for the summertime popcorn set" alluding to language, violence, and sensitive subject matter."  However... "mature viewers prepared for rugged material, on the other hand, will likely consider their investment of time and attention well rewarded."  So please join us if you can in the 2nd Floor of the Office Building.  Popcorn will be provided, and discussion of this powerful film follows.  

Thursday, April 6, 7 pm at the Cathedral - The Nedelkoff Family invites you to a Memorial Concert in Honor of Bogdan Nedelkoff, MD:                     Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Kentucky Bach Choir under the direction of  Marlon Hurst and the University of Kentucky Chorale under the direction of Jefferson Johnson.


Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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exteriorThe grounds upon which Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption stands were consecrated in 1830.  The seat of our first Bishop, Father Benedict Joseph Flaget, moved from Bardstown, Kentucky, to Louisville eleven years later in 1841.  Located on the site of the old St. Louis Church, the Cathedral is designed in Neo-Gothic style by William Keeley and Isaiah Rogers, two of America’s finest 19th century architects.  Completed in 1852, it is the fourth oldest public building in the city of Louisville as well as the third oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United States in continuous use.  The steeple rises 287 feet above the Louisville skyline and, upon its completion, was North America’s tallest spire.  The Coronation window is one of the oldest surviving examples of hand-painted stained glass in the country.  

The Cathedral has been the scene of many tumultuous events during its long history.  August 6, 1855, a day now referred to as Bloody Monday, saw riots brake out after accusations of election irregularities.  The Know-Nothing political party feared that immigrants and Catholics would interfere with the voting process.  Rioters came armed to the Cathedral looking for weapons, but after a search of the premises, none were found.  


During the Civil War, the church was the scene of services to honor the fallen of both sides, the Blue and the Gray.  In 1937, a great flood found much of the center city of Louisville under water.  The Cathedral served as a refuge center for those forced from their homes.

The center of America’s oldest inland diocese, the Cathedral of the Assumption is a vibrant Catholic parish.  Clergy and staff serve the needs of the 3,000 registered parishioners through worship, music, spiritual formation and hospitality.  Staff and volunteers provide lunch daily to the homeless, carrying on our mission of striving for social justice.  The Cathedral of the Assumption will continue this rich tradition long into the future.


New - January 2015

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds travel to the Cathedral of the Assumption to talk about the meaning of the Cathedral to the Archdiocese and to discuss highlights of the art and architecture of the Cathedral.

See the conversation - Archbishop Kurtz and Brian Reynolds

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz visits the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center and takes viewers on a brief tour, along with archdiocesan historian Fr. Clyde Crews and archdiocesan archivist Fr. Dale Cieslik.

See the tour and conversation - Archbishop Kurtz with Fr Crews and Fr Cieslik