Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On behalf of all of us on our parish pastoral staff, I offer you our wishes that you feel the joy of the Gospel and that the power of the Good News of Jesus will be at the center of your life.
One of the models for Christian living is the passage in Luke’s Gospel about the two disciples on the day of resurrection who were walking on the Road to Emmaus. They honestly talked with one another and shared their worries, questions, hope, and faith. They met a stranger on the way. They extended hospitality.
They listened intently as the stranger offered helpful information. They eventually recognized the stranger as Jesus hopes when they broke bread together. And then they noticed that their hearts were on fire.
In a large parish like ours, we need to know that we can connect with good folks with whom we can honestly talk. We need to give and receive the blessing of hospitality and we are encouraged by companions who have also come to know the Lord in the Breaking of the Bread.
And, just as over 2000 years ago, our hearts can be so touched by our encounters with Jesus and His Spirit within our congregation that our zeal gets ignited and we desire to take one more step in our involvement in the ministries which we as parishioners can provide.
We are called to be disciples, to seek to know Jesus, to learn how best to live for Jesus, and to give new life as Jesus did.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Christ the King Parish was formed on Sunday, July 22, 1945, when the first Mass was held in the Chapel of St. Catherine’s Academy on North Limestone Street. The first pastor, Father George J. O’Bryan, led the original congregation numbering about 100. Due to Father O'Bryan's ill health, the Rev. Richard Garland O’Neill, a Lexington native, soon replaced him.
On May 12, 1946, services were conducted for the first time at our current site, Colony and Providence Roads, in a prefabricated structure. The building, which eventually had two additions built onto it, was moved here from the Diocese of Covington. Christ the King School began classes in the present school building in the fall of 1951, staffed by the Sisters of Divine Providence. From 1965 to 1967, the current church, in a contemporary cruciform design, and the rectory were constructed at a cost of $1.5 million. They were dedicated in May 1967. The Diocese of Lexington was formed on March 2, 1988, encompassing a 50- county area of Kentucky with the Most Rev. J. Kendrick Williams installed as bishop and pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King. That same year the Baptistry was converted to the Eucharistic Chapel to serve as a 24-hour prayer center for the parish.
The Cathedral Center, adjacent to the church, was completed in August, 1992. During the Jubilee Year 2000, a renovation of the school and office facility was initiated. In 2010 CTK began its Honoring our Past Building our Future campaign, which enabled the additions of our St. Kevin Adoration Chapel, a new Baptistry and a new Rectory to our cathedral campus.
We are a parish dedicated to living and spreading the power of the Eucharist and the Joy of the gospel. We are dedicated to parish-wide formation as intentional disciples so that all will be equipped to fulfill Christ's Great Commission in out homes, Church, and world.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." - MATTHEW 28:19-20