Parish Staff

"And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up
the body of Christ"
(Eph 4:11-12).

These are the people in charge of the day-to-day operations of the parish. Each one of us is here to serve you in his or her own way. If you are new to the parish, introduce yourself! We would love to get to know you better. If you would like to give any of us a call or send an email, please see the "Contact Us" page.

Parish Administrator: Russ Hayden

Biographical info coming soon!

Deacon Bill Bach

After graduating from the University of Alberta School of Medicine in 1960 and marrying Joy in 1961, they moved to Pittsburgh Pa where Bill was trained as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He was drafted into the US Army Medical Corps and they relocated to California for two years of active duty. They returned to Pittsburgh where Bill was on the faculty of the University for 8 years. A move took them to Rochester, PA where he was director of the Mental Health Center. In 1986, they moved to Owensboro and Bill was the Medical Director of River Valley Hospital. He retired from there in 2000. In 2005, he began discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate. Bill was ordained September 15, 2012.

Bill & Joy have been members of Blessed Mother Church since 1987. As deacon, he proclaims the gospel when serving at the altar and announces the prayers of the faithful. About every 5 weeks he preaches the homily. He can baptize, perform mixed marriages, bless people, homes and religious objects. Bill is on the RCIA team and trains Eucharistic ministers.

Bill & Joy have five married children and sixteen grandchildren.

Office Assistant: Darlene Quinn

We like to jokingly say that Darlene does the jobs that no one else wants to do! She is definitely a great help to everyone on the parish staff.

Darlene has been a member of Blessed Mother Church for over 35 years. She has been volunteering and working here as an office assistant for about 13 years. She also serves on the Liturgy Committee as a representative for "Arts and Environment."

She has been married to her husband Tom for 37 years, and is blessed with four children and three grandchildren. She is pictured here with Tom and their daughter, Alicia.

Director of Religious Education: Nicholas Hardesty

Nicholas has been the Director of Religious Education ("DRE") at Blessed Mother since July of 2008. He grew up at Blessed Mother, went to the parish school, and received his sacraments of initiation there.

In 1998, he graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School ("OCHS"). In 2002, he graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a B.A. in Human Services and Counseling. In 2004, he graduated from the same college with an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development, with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling. In May of 2009, he received his M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry and a Certification in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

His favorite part about being a DRE is leading Bible studies, teaching in the RCIA, and writing his weekly "Catholic Q&A" in the parish bulletin. In his spare time, he likes to play word games, watch movies, and post on his blog. He considers it a blessing to be able to serve the parish that has always been a part of his life. He is pictured here with his wife, Amy.

Director of Youth Ministry: Christina Barnard

Christina Barnard has grown up in Blessed Mother Parish. She attended the school next door (then St. Angela Merici Elementary), and received her sacraments here. In high school, she was an active member of the Blessed Mother Youth Group. The Blessed Mother Parish family is very special to her.

Christina is married to Brandon Barnard, who serves as a cantor and member of the men’s choir. She is also the daughter of Keith and Jeannie Best, who serve the parish as an usher and Eucharistic Minster respectively. She has two younger siblings: Holly and Daniel Best.

Christina graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 2004; and from Brescia University in 2009, with a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry. She feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to “come home” and serve the parish that has served her throughout the years! She loves young people, and the energy and enthusiasm they bring to our Church! She looks forward to working with our middle and high school youth and Confirmation classes!

Minister of Pastoral Care: Kristin Tichenor

Kristin graduated from Owensboro Catholic High in 2004. She is the oldest of 7 children, and still have several siblings in the Catholic School System. Upon graduation, she served a year with the National Evangelization Team (NET), a Catholic ministry for 18-28 year olds based in St. Paul MN, where she was on one of the 11 teams that put on retreats for middle and high schoolers.

Once that wrapped up, she returned to Owensboro and attended KWC for 3 years where she played golf and studied Civil Engineering and then Math Education. Unhappy with those 2 majors she transferred to Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio in the fall of ’08 where she studied Theology. Kristin graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Theology and a Writing Minor.

In the fall of ‘10 she moved to Clark, Wyoming and began working at Trinity Teen Solutions (TTS). TTS is a working ranch that doubles as a Catholic Residential Treatment facility for troubled teenage girls. Kristin enjoyed the challenges that she encountered there for 3 years but felt God calling her back home. She returned in the middle of November. Kristin is excited to be serving the parishioners of Blessed Mother and looks forward to building relationships with you all.

Coordinator of Liturgical Music: Patty Woerter

Patty Woerter has been the Music Coordinator of Blessed Mother Church since August 2013 and has a Music of Education degree from the University of Evansville. For over 30 years she has taught private piano and voice lessons. She also taught at St. John Catholic School in Newburgh, IN for 7 years.

Patty was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville, IN for over 20 years before joining the staff at Blessed Mother. Throughout her life, she has shared her joy of music and musical talents with her parish. Since 1982, Patty has served in a variety of capacities at a number of Evansville parishes as Psalmist/Cantor, choir director, music/liturgist for adult and children’s masses etc. while serving on various liturgical committees as well as serving as assistant Director of Religious Education.

An Owensboro, KY native, Patty, currently resides in Evansville with her husband, Fred. They have been married for 38 years and have been blessed with two daughters, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.

Maintenance Mechanic: Roman Osowicz

"Romie," as we call him, is our jack of all trades. He came to work for Blessed Mother in 1989 and has been working hard ever since.

When you pass by you may see him mowing the lawn, painting, pouring concrete, tiling, laying shingles on a roof, building something (a stable, a church picnic game, a shed, etc.), changing a light bulb, fixing the air conditioner, or doing a myriad of other tasks that are necessary to maintain the parish grounds. We have yet to find something that he cannot do!

Romie truly is a blessing to this parish and we are very proud to have him on our staff.

Blessed Mother Catholic Church
601 E. 23rd St., Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: (270) 683-8444     Fax: (270) 683-6423
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