MEET THE TEAM

Pastor
Fr. Carl McCarthy

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People often ask me what I do as a pastor? My role is to teach, preach and sanctify.

The other question that people will ask is what do you like best about being a priest? This is easy to answer, I like Sunday and worshiping Jesus with the Church. My favorite scripture is “Be still and know that I am God.” I enjoy anything outside: hiking, gardening and sitting on the porch in the morning and watching the world wake up. I also enjoy music, especially the “oldies,” when I have time I enjoy cooking for family and friends, and of course I like dessert.

People often ask me what I do as a pastor? My role is to teach, preach and sanctify. The other question that people will ask is what do you like best about being a priest? This is easy to answer, I like Sunday and worshiping Jesus with the Church. My favorite scripture is “Be still and know that I am God.” I enjoy anything outside: hiking, gardening and sitting on the porch in the morning and watching the world wake up. I also enjoy music, especially the “oldies,” when I have time I enjoy cooking for family and friends, and of course I like dessert.

Associate Pastor
Fr. Julio Barrera

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I think the fact of being so far away from home, makes me place all my trust in God’s love, mercy, and providence.

My name is Father Julio Barrera and I am originally from Mexico. I was born and raised in a small town named Amecameca, located south-east of Mexico City, next to the now-active Volcano Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. My entire family is still living in that city. I have 4 older sisters, all of them are married. I come from a very strong and close family. I grew up in the middle of a family where service and love for one another is essential. To talk about my vocation is to remember once again my commitment to the Church of Christ that I made when I said “yes” for the first time to his call. When I came to the States, I did not know any English. I studied English ten hours a day for nine months without breaks. It was a very intense program but at the same time very helpful. It helped me to inculturate myself into the American Culture. In 2008, I went to Saint Meinrad Seminary to study Theology, where I spent five years studying. After finishing my theological education, Bishop Medley called me to priestly orders on June 1, 2013. My first assignment, as priest, was at Sts. Peter and Paul in Hopkinsville, KY. Then I was assigned on June 2016 at Sts. Josepha and Paul, Owensboro, KY I have seen the hand of God in my life many times and in many ways.

Stewardship Minister
Ashley Wilkerson

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My favorite prayer is the prayer that never fails… “Thy will be done.” It is very simple and it is always answered!

My husband Rod and I have been members of Sts. Joseph and Paul since 2011. Prior to moving to Owensboro, we lived in Henderson with our two sons Joshua and Isaac and were members of Holy Name of Jesus for 22 years.

My favorite food is actually a beverage… sweet tea, “the house wine of the South”!

I began working for Sts. Joseph and Paul in July 2015 as Coordinator of Faith Formation. In January of 2016 I took over the Stewardship Minister’s position when Alan Sims retired. I see the Stewardship Minister’s main role and focus is to develop and cultivate a community of thankful believers, givers AND doers. It is important for us to be thankful for the gifts we have been given and even more important to share them. I am so impressed with the level of involvement of parishioners at Sts. Joseph and Paul but there is always room to grown. We truly do “give our hearts to God and our talents to His people”.

Outreach Minister
Rick Rhodes

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I see myself, and the many team members that work with me, trying to share the love of Jesus with all those we encounter. It’s an awesome job!

My wife, Freda and I were married in 1970. We have 3 sons and 7 wonderful grandchildren. We have been members of Sts. Joseph & Paul for about 30 years. I am the Outreach Coordinator, a position I have held for the past 6 years. I love contemporary Christian music and my favorite scripture is “… and how they came to know Him in the breaking of the bread” Luke 24: 35. It is in the Community of Faith that we come to know and to serve Jesus. I see my ministry as really being all over the place. Whether it is working with people in RCIA or Journey Home or talking to the people that attend our Block Party or lending a hand and a prayer to someone that comes to our door needing help..

Coordinator Religious Education
Kim Tignor

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We assist our children in learning about our beautiful religion and fostering a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ, our loving Lord and Savior.

My name is Kim Tignor and I am the Coordinator of Religious Education. I started this position at the beginning of 2016 and still have a lot to learn! My husband Kevin and I have five beautiful children and we have been members at Sts. Joe & Paul for about 25 years. I love to read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. I see this ministry as a partnership between families and the Church, with this position being a facilitator.

Parish Caretaker
Cindi Hoppe

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God comes first in my heart and in my home and my family fills the rest of my heart to its fullest.

My name is Cindi Hoppe and I have always come to church at Sts. Joseph & Paul as a child with my grandmother even though my parents chose to be members of St. Puis X , where I made my sacraments. I have been a member here all of my adult life and volunteered for 11 years as a Faith Formation, Children’s Liturgy and Vacation Bible School catechist before starting in a paid position in 2002. I see my ministry as an important piece of making all feel welcome into a clean, comfortable place to come and worship and concentrate on the Word of God. Being a mother of 2 and “Mamaw” of 4, the bible verse that strikes my heart is “…he gave is only begotten son…”. This is unimaginable to me. I consider so many of you my family and friends as I and my children have all grown up here.

Sunday Matters Minister
Debbie Luedke

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To celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our Lord and to receive the Eucharist, this is why Sunday Matters!

I was born in Davenport, Iowa and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I have lived in Owensboro for the past 30 years, raised two wonderful children and consider Kentucky my home. I have one sister who lives in Elburn, IL, one brother who lives in Columbus, OH and my mother of 87 years who still lives by herself in St. Charles, IL. I love to work in my garden and then sit and enjoy the beauty of the flowers that God has put on this earth. I have been at Sts. Joseph and Paul for 12 years as a parishioner, volunteer and a Team member. My position here is the “Sunday Matters Minister” which involves Liturgy, Liturgical Ministers and Welcoming the Lost. Of course my favorite lies in Sunday Liturgy, to have beautiful Liturgy every week, to help Owen S. Boro to feel comforted and welcomed as he/she walks through the doors of Sts. Joseph and Paul.

Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant
April Dickens

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I see my ministry as an important part of the parish life because it helps to further the Kingdom of God by ensuring that the gifts that are bestowed upon the parish are cared for.

I’m April Dickens and I have worked at Sts. Joseph & Paul as the Bookkeeper since January 2002. My favorite scripture verses are: Luke 1: 46-48, 1 Peter 5:7, Phillipians 4:13. My favorite colors are black and blue and my favorite food is pizza.

Our Latest News

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14 Nov

After a long journey, away from home, how good it is to know that there is someone waiting for us at home. The very thought that someone is waiting for us...

07 Nov

St. Augustine says, “among all the paths that lead to perfection, humility is the first.” And humility is reached gradually, accepting the small...