Bishop Stowe designates “A Door of Mercy” will be opened at four churches for the duration of the Year of Mercy.
In his Papal Bull, Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis explained that he would open the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2015) to begin the Year of Mercy. “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” The pope went on to say that the local ordinary may open a similar door for the duration of the Holy Year at any shrine, especially the Cathedral Church and any shrine that is frequented by groups of pilgrims.
To that end, Bishop John Stowe has designated a Holy Door be opened at the following parishes in the Diocese of Lexington:
- Christ the King Cathedral, Lexington, KY
- St. Francis de Sales, White Sulphur, KY (Part of Ss. Francis & John)
- ?The church is open at on Saturdays for Mass; on Sundays for the Regina Pacis Mass; and by appointment (please contact the parish secretary at Sts. Francis & John to schedule an appointment.)
- Our Lady of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, KY
- The church is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from ; Mass at
- St. Francis of Assisi, Pikeville, KY
- The church is open daily from
Photo gallery of Bishop Stowe opening the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of Christ the King on December 13, 2015.
Bishop Stowe is encouraging Catholics in the Diocese of Lexington to consider a pilgrimage to these churches during the Year of Mercy. As Pope Francis explains, the practice of pilgrimage represents “the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.” The hope is that a pilgrimage will be a catalyst for conversion: “by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”
> Special Days of Pilgrimage in the Diocese of Lexington
> How to make a fruitful pilgrimage when visiting one of these Doors of Mercy