Hundreds of Owensboro residents gathered Monday at Saint Stephen Cathedral to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ordination of Bishop William Medley.
The vespers drew a diverse crowd, which was reflective of the evening’s celebratory message of acceptance and inclusion.
“Too often when we see refugees and migrants, our nation tends to calculate the cost,” Medley said. “Those who have eyes to see, must see that the debt is ours.”
Medley was ordained on Feb. 10, 2010, as the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro. He told the crowd Monday he remembers that day fondly, though some of the people who were by his side 10 years ago are longer here.
“Everyone here misses someone who was with them 10 years ago,” he said. “But those dearly beloved to us are never far away.”
Medley also reflected on his January pilgrimage trip to India and Myanmar, where he met and prayed with Catholics associated with the Diocese of Owensboro.
In addition to Owensboro residents attending Monday, the Congolese choir of Holy Spirit Church and the Burmese choir from Holy Spirit Catholic Church — both from Bowling Green — performed during the celebration.
“When the church prays together it’s always a successful night,” he said. “Continue to pray for me. We will together do God’s work.