Social Concerns and Outreach

A cross graphic + before ministry titles indicates YOUTH participation is welcomed and encouraged.


Social Concerns Committee – This committee coordinates efforts in the parish regarding the social mission of the Cathedral, leads the parish in developing strategies for effective action on behalf of those in need, and coordinates various collection efforts throughout the year which benefit our outreach ministries or local organizations.

Contact:  Joe Abel, Chair – 270-315-9942 (c) – [email protected]


Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) – The St. Vincent de Paul office (located in the Parish Office) is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. SVdP volunteers meet with people in need to coordinate assistance for food, rent, or utility payments. Vulnerable Adult Ministry (VAM) certification and background check are required. If you are a good listener, compassionate, and non-judgmental, your skills are needed. The time commitment is approximately 3 hours for each day scheduled, one to two days per month; training is provided.

Contact:  Harry Bellew – 270-926-0792 (h) – [email protected]


+ Pitino Shelter Soup Kitchen – A midday meal is served daily at the Pitino Shelter Soup Kitchen. Our St. Stephen team prepares and serves the meal every third Sunday of each month. Cooking begins at 10:30 am and serving begins by 1:30 pm. Volunteers are needed for cooking and for serving and cleanup. Youth (12 years of age and older) volunteers are welcome with adult supervision. The time commitment is approximately 4 to 5 hours per month.

Contact: Maggie Knoop – 270-903-9766 (c) – [email protected]


St. Benedict Joseph Homeless Shelter

St. Benedict is a year-round homeless shelter serving men. Our parish team volunteers every third Friday of the month from 8 pm to 8 am Saturday. The time commitment is a 4 hour shift or assisting with providing a meal. More volunteers are needed for all shifts.

Contact:  Laurie Hicks – 270-316-5591 (c) – [email protected]


+ Habitat for Humanity – Habitat volunteers participate in building or renovating houses to provide homes for qualifying low-income families. Volunteers with a variety of skills and talents are needed for carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, electrical work, painting, cleanup, and more. Time commitment varies depending on project needs. Youth (middle school and over) are welcome with adult supervision.

Contact:  Mark Heinz – 270-315-1405 (c) – [email protected]


Backpack Ministry – This ministry provides weekend packs of food for children in need at Hagar Preschool. Volunteers are needed to bag and deliver the food to the preschool. Food or monetary donations are always appreciated. The time commitment is approximately one hour every 8 weeks.

Contacts:  Kathleen Johnson – 270-314-3219 (c) – [email protected] or Molly Harris – 270-314-9856 (c) – [email protected]


Stephen Ministers – Trained Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one confidential care to people experiencing a crisis or difficult time in life. Stephen Ministers listen, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for those receiving care. Training to become a Stephen Minister is scheduled approximately once every two years, according to need. If you are interested in receiving training, or if you would like to have a Stephen Minister walk with you for a while, contact the Stephen Ministry Office (located in the Parish Office).

Contact:  Joan Perry, S.L. or LaWanna Brand, S.L. – 270-683-6525 (o) – [email protected]


+ Prayer Shawl Ministry – This ministry welcomes volunteers who crochet, knit, weave, or sew and who are willing to share their talents and resources to create shawls, which are provided to those in need of comfort during an illness or loss. Instruction is provided for those willing to learn. The time commitment varies depending on your love for creating the shawls!

Contact:  Donna Murphy – 270-683-6525 (o) – [email protected]


+ Community Vegetable Garden – The St. Stephen/Blessed Sacrament Community Garden (located at the corner of 7th and Cedar Streets) provides fresh produce for our local community each summer. Volunteers are needed for planning, preparing the garden space, planting, weeding, and continued care of the garden. More green thumbs welcome! Youth may participate with adult supervision.

Contact:  Deacon Dirck Curry – 270-316-1668 (c) – [email protected]


Detention Center Visitation (Jail Ministry) – Volunteers visit and share Scripture with those who are incarcerated at the Daviess County Detention Center. The time commitment is approximately one hour per scheduled visit. Visits are generally on Sundays (other times may be available) on a 3-month rotating scheduled basis. Both male and female adult volunteers are needed; training and background check must be completed through the detention center.

Contact: Gene Lyon – 270-684-3358 (h) – [email protected]


Crossroads to Hope Shelter – Crossroads is an emergency shelter serving women and children. Volunteers are needed to serve as companion team ministers for a variety of shifts, or to provide meals. Time commitment varies.

Contact:  Michele Ison, Executive Director  – [email protected] – 270-852-6557


Birthright of Owensboro – Birthright is a non-profit, non-political, interdenominational organization offering an alternative to abortion, and services to those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. All services are free and confidential. Caring, non-judgmental office volunteers are needed Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Birthright is located at 512 W. 7th Street. Volunteers are needed and welcome for each weekday 4-hour shift.

Contact:  Terri LaHugh – 270-926-7561 –