From India to Kentucky
by Hawkins Teague
Nov 08, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most of the people at St. Stephen Catholic Church just call him “Father Joseph,” although that isn’t his last name, but actually his father’s name.

“That is easier for people,” said Father Babu Kulathumkal (pronounced “koo-laa-toom-kal) Joseph, who has been a priest at St. Stephen since June.

Joseph is in the United States because he is a member of the heralds of Good News, a missionary order that was founded in 1984 in India. Its objective is to send priests anywhere in the world they are need, Joseph said. He first came to America in June 2005 and was in Lexington until February. After that he spent two months in Henderson before Bishop John McRaith of the Owensboro diocese reassigned him.

Joseph now lives in Cadiz and serves St. Stephen and St. Henry in Aurora. He spends two weekdays at each church and says mass at both on Saturdays and Sundays. Joseph said he enjoyed his time here so far.

“The people are really good,” he said.

It might seem unusual to meet a priest in America from a predominately Hindu country, and that’s because it is to a large extent. Joseph said that he is one of 11 priests who are in the country because of the Heralds of Good News. Five are in Lexington, two are in West Virginia and two are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Besides Joseph, there are two more in Western Kentucky. One is in Princeton and the other is in Paducah. Joseph said he and the other two priests occasionally get together and alternate the towns in which they meet.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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