March 1, 2024 | Local News, Youth
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Emily Hernandez, principal of St. Mary of the Woods School and Trinity High School in Whitesville, speaks about Catholic education in a video released for Catholic Schools Week 2024. SCREENSHOT

Principal video series tells story of Catholic education across the diocese


Back in fall 2023, the Diocese of Owensboro’s Office of Communications undertook a lofty project: recording and creating a series of videos to highlight the diocese’s 17 Catholic schools, which spanned from Paducah to Grayson County. The idea was inspired by a suggestion from diocesan schools superintendent, David Kessler. As soon as the school year began, the communications staff began scheduling and visiting the Catholic schools to interview each principal individually and record footage of the students learning, praying, and playing. The videos were produced by the diocese’s digital media specialist, Riley Greif. Each video includes a message from the school’s principal talking about why they love serving their school, and why families should consider Catholic education for their children. The 16 videos debuted during Catholic Schools Week 2024 and the week after.

The videos featured are:

To watch the full series on YouTube, visit

Originally printed in the March 2024 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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