World Refugee Day expanding

Posted June 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

World Refugee Day in Baton Rouge is expanding as organizers attempt to include the community in appreciating the richness refugees bring to the city, said Jean Dresley, Director of Refugee Settlement for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Rather than the traditional one-day event, as it has been for years, the annual celebration will kick off June 14 with the showing of the documentary “This is Home: A Refugee Story” at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre at the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center.

Following the showing of the film a panel discussion will be held, and will include a refugee, a representative from CCDBR discussing resettlement and an attorney addressing legal implications of being a refugee.

Admission is $5 to view the documentary, which chronicles the lives of four Syrian families who resettled in

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    St. Gabriel launches 250th anniversary celebration

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Perched atop a meandering crescent of the Mississippi River sits St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel, the river is a welcome mat to one of the oldest and historic churches in the state.  

    The community was founded in 1768 and by 1771 the original church was completed, a structure still standing although the invading river has forced relocation of the building on several occasions.  

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    Joseph Homes looking to connect with employers

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    From construction to customer service, employers in need of employees gathered recently at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge to discuss challenges and possibilities for formerly incarcerated men looking for jobs. The luncheon, sponsored by Joseph Homes of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, was the first step in opening the door for communicating needs on both sides of the table.

    Joseph Homes provides housing for homeless ex-offenders. One of the requirements for residing in the temporary affordable housing is employment.

    “It’s very difficult looking for a job

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    Diocesan statement on Father Ohankwere

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge issued a statement May 30 on the arrest of Father Desmond Ohankwere MSP, a former pastor at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Donaldsonville.

    Father Ohankwere was pastor in the parish from October 2014, to July 31, 2018.

    The diocese was

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    Evangelizing hearts begins in the classroom

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    As Catholic school students throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge bask in the glow of summer, enjoying a break from schoolwork, teachers are heading back to class to learn more about the Catholic faith. Since 2011, the Catholic Schools Office

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    World Refugee Day expanding

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    World Refugee Day in Baton Rouge is expanding as organizers attempt to include the community in appreciating the richness refugees bring to the city, said Jean Dresley, Director of Refugee Settlement for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton

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    Pro-life bills gaining momentum amid backlash

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A series of bills  approved in several states, especially in the South, have given  momentum to the pro-life movement but have also escalated tensions, said Danielle Van Haute, pro-life director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Statewide,

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    Joseph Homes looking to connect with employers

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    From construction to customer service, employers in need of employees gathered recently at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge to discuss challenges and possibilities for formerly incarcerated men looking for jobs. The luncheon, sponsored by Joseph Homes of Catholic Charities

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    FIRED UP

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The gifts of the Holy Spirit

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Scriptures record a spectacular

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    Two ordained to priesthood

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic CommentatorJubilant sounds of “Laudate, Laudate Dominum” heralded Father John Minh Vu and Father Timothy Andrew Grimes’ approach to the altar at Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge where Bishop

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    ENCROACHING WATER

    Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Water from the Mississippi River topping its bank in the Morganza/Innis area were encroaching ever closer to Highway 1 on June 2, top left. The U.S. Army Corps

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    Seniors’ advice: Savor final year of high school

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    As seniors from Catholic high schools throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge clean out backpacks, donate used uniforms and hang up their caps and gowns from graduation, many can finally take the time to sit back and reflect on their

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    NCEA HONOR

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Jack Nelson, pictured left, principal at St. George School in Baton Rouge and winner of the 2019 National Catholic Educational Association’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award, joins Dr. Melanie Verges, superintendent for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton

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    Sister Benedicta dies

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sister Benedicta Berger SCSC, age 97, of Merrill, Wisconsin, died March 31 at Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living and Ministry Hospice. Sister Benedicta (Harriet Louise) was born Dec. 24, 1921, to Frederick and Clara (Wolf)

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    ST. JOSEPH GRADUATES

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Several seminarians from the Diocese of Baton Rouge celebrated their graduation from St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict on May 10. From left are Joseph Bresowar, James Vu, Jeremy Lopez, Albert Blount, Michael Graugnard and

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    Bishop announces appointments

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca announced the appointment of Father Brad Doyle as parochial vicar of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Albany, and chaplain of St. Thomas Aquinas Diocesan Regional High School in Hammond.

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    Challenge for young Catholics

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    In a society loaded with “options,” it may appear young Catholics are drifting from the faith looking for “something better.” But there’s hope that through

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    Cajun St. Joseph Altar

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Stuffed crabs were strategically placed, alongside boiled crawfish and snuggling up to boiled shrimp.  

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    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Posted May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Deacon John Minh Vu celebrates graduation day, May 9, with his parents Kim and Cuony Mai Vu. Deacon Vu graduated cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology

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    Knights of Columbus documentary premieres Sunday

    Posted May 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a Knights of Columbus documentary offering an unfiltered look at heroism in our day, begins a six-week run on ABC affiliates across the country, Sunday, May 19. Through short biographical vignettes supported by interviews and original footage shot in the United States, Canada and

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    Ordination scheduled

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Two seminarians are scheduled to be ordained priests to the Diocese of Baton Rouge on May 25, signaling what could be an uptick in the number of vocations.

    For the next three years, two new priests are scheduled to

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    Pro-life legislation meets early approval

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    State lawmakers have granted early approval for a trio of pro-life bills that are now in varying stages of the legislative process.

    Perhaps the bill with most impact, Rep. Katrina Jackson’s proposed “Love Life Amendment” that would mandate there

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    Grandparents raising grandchildren

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Isaac Jones and wife, Norma, displaced from New Orleans to Houston for a period following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, suffered numerous

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