Successful Year

Posted October 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

OLOL Children’s Hospital exceeds expectations  

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator 

Tears doused the young eyes of Bryson Addison as he awaited an operation to remove his appendix, one more procedure that total far too many in his 11 years. 

Following social distancing and the wearing of masks, several people gathered to attend the first Mass celebrated at OLOL Children’s Hospital on Feb. 20. Photo provided by Grace Weber | Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 

 

Nearby, his mother, Ashly Dabney, patiently waited, a routine that has become all too familiar as her son copes with asthma and neutropenia, which is an abnormally

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    Successful Year

    OLOL Children’s Hospital exceeds expectations  

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Tears doused the young eyes of Bryson Addison as he awaited an operation to remove his appendix, one more procedure that total far too many in his 11 years. 

    Following social distancing and the wearing of masks, several people gathered to attend the first Mass celebrated at OLOL Children’s Hospital on Feb. 20.

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    PROTECTING THE UNBORN

    Bible study group prays at 40 Days
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    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    As they pray for and encounter women in crisis pregnancy situations at 40 Days for Life in Baton Rouge, the women’s Scripture study group To Jesus Through Mary learn they are fulfilling their own divine missions as moms and disciples.

    From left, Tammie May, Jeanne Garcia and Sheryl Womack pray the rosary at 40 Days for Life in Baton Rouge. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

     

    The annual 40 Days for Life campaign sets up

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    Voting as a faith-filled citizen

    This past week early voting began for the presidential election of 2020. Those who are already voting have made up their minds about the best choice for president, but there are many who continue to struggle with how and for whom they should vote. I’d like to present a few reflections on the principles that will help us make an informed and faith-filled decision as Catholics and disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

    First, we must affirm that in this election

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    Bishop Duca announces reorganization changes

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca has made additional appointments as part of the ongoing reorganization of the Diocesan Curia.  

     The College of Consultors  

    The College of Consultors assists Bishop Duca in certain areas of administration as determined by canon law.  It also provides for the governance

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    Voting as a faith-filled citizen

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

    This past week early voting began for the presidential election of 2020. Those who are already voting have made up their minds about the best choice for president, but there are many who continue to struggle

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    SEELOS CENTER BLESSING

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca is shown blessing the Seelos Center on the campus of St. Gerard Church in Baton Rouge on Oct. 18. The center has previously served as the parish hall. Pictured to Bishop Duca’s

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    Sister Leyla Cerda-Sanchez CSJ, 60, dies

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Sister Leyla Patricia Cerda-Sanchez CSJ, age 60, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 14, 2020 at the Congregation of St. Joseph Center in LaGrange Park, Illinois.  

    Sr. Leyla was born Dec. 27, 1959

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    Sister Jane Arbour CSJ 95, dies

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Sister Jane Louise Arbour CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 79 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas on Sept. 17 at age 95.  

    Sister

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    Gero at FranU answering needs of ‘Silver Tsunami’

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As people live longer and young families having fewer number of children, the need to provide resources and education to better health among the older generation is increasing.

    Recognizing the “Silver Tsunami” of people 55 years of age and older, Franciscan

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    Love Life Amendment on ballot

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Along with electing a president Louisiana voters will also  go to the polls Nov. 3 to decide on a pro-life amendment to the state constitution that would protect unborn babies in the event the Supreme Court eventually overturns Roe

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    PROTECTING THE UNBORN

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bible study group prays at 40 Days

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    As they pray for and encounter women in crisis pregnancy situations at 40 Days for Life in Baton Rouge, the women’s Scripture study group To Jesus Through Mary learn

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    Successful Year

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    OLOL Children’s Hospital exceeds expectations  

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Tears doused the young eyes of Bryson Addison as he

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    Vets live faith through clinic

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Pets receive “special treatment” during visits to Staring Plaza Veterinary Center in Baton Rouge, where “arff and meow”

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    Cathedral vandalism statement

    Posted September 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus outside of St. Joseph Cathedral’s Parish Office was defaced with vulgar graffiti overnight Sept. 24.

    This has now been removed. Persons of every religion should pray that all seeking respect also seek respectful ways to achieve their wishes.

     

    PSR classes adjusting to changes during pandemic

    Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Parish schools of religion are using various formats to catechize their children and youth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    St. Isidore Church in Baker kicked off its PSR program with a traditional in-person format on Sept. 16,

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    Bishop announces new pastoral appointments

    Posted September 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    In consultation with and upon the recommendation of the Priest Personnel Board, Bishop Michael Duca appoints Father P. Brent Maher to a six-year term as Pastor of St Agnes Parish in Baton Rouge effective Sept.  12, 2020. His office as Pastor of St Ann Church in Morganza and St Vincent

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    PATH TO SAINTHOOD

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Long before his ordination Father Joshua Johnson would cringe walking through the atrium of the Catholic Life Center,

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    Columbarium to offer peace

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    By Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When completed, the Garden of Peace and Memorial Columbarium under construction at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge

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    CCDBR behavioral health services take on new look

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    For a quarter of a century, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has been providing mental health services throughout the region but perhaps never has it been so complex to meet clients’ needs.

    Services have continued

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    Diocese makes history; Boltin appointed chancellor

    Posted September 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Structural changes announced

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge made history when Bishop Michael G. Duca announced the appointment of Ann Boltin as chancellor.   

    Ann Boltin

     

    Boltin, the diocesan archivist, is the

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    ESL Summer Camp at Catholic Charities

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Two seniors at Colgate University in New York planned to spend their summer implementing a program that utilizes art as a technique for social cohesion among Syrian refugees and Jordanians in Amman, Jordan.

    In Jordan, the schools are set up on a “double shift” system with Jordanian

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    Fall sports cancelled

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Special to The Catholic Commentator

    Catholic elementary and middle schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have suspended extra-curricular athletics for the fall semester, according to a statement from the Catholic Schools Office.

    There are approximately 25 elementary and middle schools in the diocese whose levels of academic instruction and sports programs

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    Styling in school thanks to Uniform for Kids

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:29 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A worldwide pandemic and a fluid back-to-school calendar presented anomalous challenges to the annual Uniforms for Kids program.

    But with a bit of ingenuity, a new matrix of distribution was developed and the 23-year-old ministry of providing school uniforms

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, according to a statement from the diocese released July 22.

    The diocese released the statement on the same day the East Baton Rouge School System

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