Holy Family Marks Second Anniversary

by Karen Vance
Cincinnati Enquirer, August 15, 2008



BELLEVUE - The Rev. Ed Kuhlman knows that the church at which he's been pastor for the last two years is small. But it's important.

"We're really interested in ministering one person at a time. If one person has a place to go who might otherwise not have a church to call home, then we're succeeding," said Kuhlman, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church.

The independent Catholic church has a core group of 15 to 20 people, with as many as 50 on holidays.

"My job as pastor is not necessarily to bring as many people into the church as it is to help people along their spiritual journey - wherever they might end up," Kuhlman said.

The church will celebrate its two-year anniversary with an outdoor Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Tower Park in Fort Thomas, followed by a picnic at 6 p.m. The church's regular worship service is at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 306 Center St., Bellevue.

The church is a part of the Ecumenical Catholic Church + USA, which practices a liturgical worship similar to the Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Orthodox churches.

But the church is not under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Covington or the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

It offers an "atmosphere of ecumenical grace, embracing all Christian believers and the un-churched," according to the denomination's Web site. The church allows anyone to accept Communion.

It also permits married men and women to be deacons and priests.

Kuhlman, who is not married, discovered the Ecumenical Catholic Church and became a deacon. While starting the church and serving as pastor he studied to become a priest and was ordained.

" Over the years, I just felt called to do this, and the more people I talked to, the more I heard about people looking for a church like this," Kuhlman said.

For more information, visit www.cgausvik.com/holyfamilyicc.