Social Concerns and Outreach

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


Social Concerns Committee – This committee coordinates parish social concerns efforts and develops strategies for effective action on behalf of those in need. In addition they coordinate special collections throughout the year to benefit outreach ministries or local organizations. New members are always welcome.

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


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

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


Pitino Shelter Soup Kitchen+ – A midday meal is served every day at the Pitino Shelter Soup Kitchen. Our parish team prepares and serves the meal every third Sunday 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 2.5 hours per month.

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


St. Benedict Joseph Homeless Shelter – St. Benedict is a year-round homeless shelter serving men. Our parish team volunteers every third Friday each month from 8 pm Friday through 8 am Saturday. The time commitment is a 4-hour shift (for companion volunteers), or assisting with preparing and serving a meal. More volunteers, male and female, are needed and welcome.

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


Habitat for Humanity+ – Habitat volunteers participate in building or renovating homes for qualifying low-income families. Volunteers are needed for tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, electrical work, painting, cleanup, and more. The time commitment varies depending on project needs. Youth volunteers (middle school age and older) are welcome with adult supervision.

Contact:  Coordinator Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525


Backpack Ministry – This ministry provides weekend packs of food for children in need at Hagar Preschool. Volunteers bag and deliver the food to the preschool. Food and/or monetary donations are needed and appreciated. The time commitment is approximately one hour every 12 weeks.

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


Stephen Ministers

Trained Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one confidential care to people experiencing a crisis or difficult time in life by listening, encouraging, praying, and providing emotional and spiritual support. Training is scheduled approximately once every two years. If you are interested in receiving training, or would like to have a Stephen Minister walk with you for a while, call the Stephen Ministry Office (located in the Parish Office).

Contact:  Joan Perry, S.L. or LaWanna Brand, S.L. – 270-683-6525 – [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 available. The time commitment varies depending on your love for creating shawls!

Contacts:  Bridgette Whittinghill – 270-993-5535 – [email protected]


Community Garden+ – The Saint Stephen Cathedral (7th and Cedar Streets) provides fresh produce for our local community each summer. Volunteers are needed for planning, preparing and planting, weeding, and continued care. More green thumbs welcome! Youth are welcome with adult supervision.

Contact:  Coordinator Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525


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

Contact: Gene Lyon – 270-684-3358 – [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. The time commitment varies depending on the task.

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 to answer calls and greet clients Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Birthright is located at 512 W. 7th Street.

Contact:  Terri LaHugh – 270-926-7561 –