ASHLAND, Ky. - A renowned Catholic priest who founded an organization to combat poverty in Appalachia has died.
Monsignor Ralph Beiting died Thursday at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. He was 88.
Beiting served as a priest for well over a half-century in eastern Kentucky and founded the Christian Appalachian Project. The interdenominational organization serves people in need in Appalachia.
His church duties included his role as pastor of St. Jude Church in Louisa and St. John Neumann Church in Hode.
Christian Appalachian Project President and CEO Guy Adams says Beiting was "a light in the darkness" for thousands of Appalachians in need. He said Beiting's impact is immeasurable.
Funeral Masses are scheduled Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ashland and Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cold Spring.
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