Shootings shock victims’ friends

Posted July 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

 

Rachele Smith

The Catholic Commentator 

Gerri Marino’s greatest fear was realized on July 17. 

As a former deputy with the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s office, Marino, a parishioner at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge, said she was shocked to learn that one of the three officers shot and killed during the morning police assault was a friend and someone she used to work with. 

“Brad (Garafola) was just a great guy,” she said. 

Described by his wife, Tonja, on Facebook as a “wonderful husband, father and friend,” Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, along with city police officers Matthew Gerald, 41, and Montrell Jackson, 32, were shot and killed during an early morning police assault on Airline Highway. Three other law enforcement officers were also wounded, with one, 41-year-old Nicholas Tullier, listed in critical condition

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    Robicheaux brings commitment to special education to her new role

    By Rachele Smith 

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “Extensive experience, incredible talent, faith commitment and exceptional energy.” 

    Bethany Robicheaux, standing, director of special education for the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, reviews upcoming plans with Teresa Rodney, the department secretary for special education. Photo by Rachele Smith | The Catholic Commentator

     

    That’s how Dr. Melanie Verges, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, described Bethany Robicheaux, the new director of special education. 

    Verges made the comments in a July 1 letter to parents, teachers and

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    A CITY MOURNS

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    As tragic events of the past two weeks unfolded in the Baton Rouge area, the Catholic community has been at the forefront of helping to spread the message of peace.

    Members of the St. John the Baptist Church choir in Zachary sing while Zachary police officers look on during a prayer service July 17 at the church. Pastors from

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    Dr. Tim Gray to address Called by Faith Bible Study Group

    Posted July 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Nationally known speaker, Dr. Tim Gray, president of the Augustine Institute, professor of Sacred Scripture at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and the executive director of the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical Schools, will speak about Divine Mercy and prayer to the Called by Faith

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    POLISHING A GEM

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Campaign launched to refurbish convent at Ascension Catholic

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    Listen hard enough and one just might hear the voices

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    INSTALLING NEW PASTORS

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Left photo, Bishop Robert W. Muench. left, formally installs Father Chris Decker as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Maringouin on

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    Shootings shock victims’ friends

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Gerri Marino’s greatest fear was realized on July 17.

    As a former deputy with the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s

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    Bishop Muench renews call for prayer, peace

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of (July 17). Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down. In visiting this afternoon with two of the families affected by these

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    A CITY MOURNS

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

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    As tragic events of the past two weeks unfolded in the Baton Rouge area, the Catholic

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    REVIVING HISTORY

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Construction has begun on a new chapel in Port Vincent. The 14-foot by 22-foot structure will feature two pews salvaged from the old St. William Church and be in a Gothic style. The chapel will be

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    Father Camilleri retires

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has accepted the resignation of Father Joseph Camilleri.

    Father Camilleri was born Oct. 22, 1948 in Zebbug-Gozo, Malta and attended Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in

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    Ruling affirms First Amendment rights

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    On Friday, Feb. 26 a state district judge in Baton Rouge handed down a major decision in a case that involves a lawsuit against the Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of its priests.

    While the full text

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    Pro-life supporters praise ruling

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

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    Pro-life supporters hailed a decision by a federal appeals court upholding a Louisiana law that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals

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    Bishop Muench announces pastoral assignments

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench announced the appointments of Father Michael Alello as pastor of St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge and Father Chris Decker pastor of the cluster church parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin, St. Frances Xavier

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    MARIAN SERVANTS GATHER

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Marian Servants of the Eucharist and Marian Servants of the Visitation, both of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, gathered with area Marian Servant

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