Resurrection Catholic Church, Kentucky

The National Eucharistic Congress is proud to highlight four churches across America supporting sacred artists, especially this unique story representing the Southern states.

In 2021, a devastating tornado tore through Western Kentucky, destroying the Church of the Resurrection in Dawson Springs. Yet a statue of Our Lady stood tall following the tornado, wrapping the Christ Child in her mantle as in reality she too protects us.

In addition to the lives lost, an estimated 60 percent of housing was destroyed in that small community. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro was able to build 17 houses in 17 months.

The parish has also found new life amongst the destruction, working together to create a makeshift chapel from a parishoners shed. Bishop Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro told parishioners,

“Your church is named for the Resurrection of Our Lord and your church will rise again.”

As they planned their new church building, the parish worked with liturgical experts, local contractors, and artists from around the country. Remembering the how the statue had strengthened them following the destruction, this small parish knew they needed to build a beautiful church that gave glory to God and inspired future generations’ devotion. This includes original sacred art such as the focal point at the apex of the sanctuary: an art glass depicting the Resurrection. This image draws not only our eyes to the altar and tabernacle, but also lifts our hearts to our Risen Lord who has conquered death and dries every tear.

This window is a collaboration between Beauverre Riordan Studios and local Owensboro artist, Jeffrey Scott Poynter of The Glass Factory Inc.

Sacred art is a powerful pathway in each of our local churches. The National Eucharistic Revival invites all to join in its mission to grow Eucharistic devotion across America.

Learn more about how local churches commission artists as seen at these sacred artworks at the National Eucharistic Congress:

The is glad to highlight these opportunities to build a culture of beauty in your home, parish, and local community. We invite you to explore more on our site and contact us to get involved.

Katina Hayden of Catholic Charities welcomes Evelyn Duke to her new home.

Credit: Stacey Menser