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Father Dunn ‘ready’ to begin ministry

Posted August 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator 

Emotion gripped the 25-year-old voice of Father Mathew Dunn as he stood and simply said “present,” an appropriate response since at that moment his life meeting at the intersection of the past, present and future.  

Father Mathew Dunn blesses his family shortly after being ordained. Pictured left to right are Father Dunn’s father, Thomas; sister, Miranda; and mother, Gina.  Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator   

 

Moments later, his hands blessed with holy oil and him laying prostrate on the altar at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, Father Dunn’s 20-year dream had finally come to fruition.  

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    Diaconate program ‘a sense of pride’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Father Jamin David wore the smile of a proud papa as he watched the ordination of six new permanent deacons by Bishop Michael G. Duca on Aug. 8 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca ordained six news deacons to the permanent diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Aug. 8. The deacons were

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    CALLED TO SERVE

    Priest, deacon ordained

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Vocations are initially formed and nurtured through the family, and outside of the seminary the domestic church is the most immediate and important formation.

    Bishop Michael G. Duca ordained Deacon Taylor Sanford, left, as transitional deacon and Father Mathew Dunn, right, to the priesthood during ordination ceremonies Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.

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    Bishop Duca, governor discuss pandemic

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca and Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed balancing fear with faith during the nationally syndicated radio program “Catholic Connection” on July 22 on Catholic Community Radio.

    Host Teresa Tomeo said in regard to the coronavirus pandemic there is a sense of fear across the country that even “good Catholics” can succumb to. Noting that Edwards recently called for three days of lunch fasting and prayer, she asked the bishop and the governor how that can be an answer to the fear gripping the nation. 

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    Fairchild finds excitement, challenges in ‘dream job’

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Fund raising in an era when the Catholic Church has recently come under scrutiny and a historic pandemic is endangering the economy can admittedly appear daunting but Gwen Fairchild, freshly-minted director of stewardship for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, eagerly embraces those challenges.  

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    Difficulties await, but Fairchild said her job is perhaps made a bit

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    A habit to break: Doomscrolling’ groaning’

    Posted August 12, 2020 at 1:38 am

    A June 25 WIRED magazine article described a new and dangerous habit that has become part of popular technology practices. “Doomscrolling” refers to the pattern of scrolling through social media in the midst of a pandemic

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    A hoppy Easter in July

    Posted August 12, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Although delayed by more than three months, the annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Easter egg giveaway still

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    CALLED TO SERVE

    Posted August 11, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Priest, deacon ordained

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Vocations are initially formed and nurtured through the family, and outside of the seminary the domestic church is the

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    WELCOME BACK

    Posted August 11, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge welcomed students back to school beginning on Aug. 6. School administrators and teachers instructed the students on social distancing and safety protocol measures and reported that

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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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    Declaración Comisión de armonía racial Diócesis de Baton Rouge

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    La Comisión de Armonía Racial de la Diócesis de Baton Rouge, la comisión bi-racial, que consta de 12 miembros e incluye clérigos, religiosos y laicos de la diócesis, continúa reuniéndose bajo la dirección del obispo Michael G. Duca para explorar formas de comprender mejor los efectos del racismo

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    Bishop Duca, governor discuss pandemic

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca and Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed balancing fear with faith during the nationally syndicated radio program “Catholic Connection” on July 22 on Catholic Community Radio.

    Host Teresa Tomeo said in regard to the coronavirus pandemic

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 2:04 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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    Pro-life leaders react to court’s pro-life ruling

    Posted July 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Louisiana’s abortion law holds doctor who perform abortions to a lower standard of health care than that of their peers, Danielle Van Haute, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said.

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    Schools planning for unusual year

    Posted July 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, with principals using the month of July to tweak protocols, according to Dr. Melanie Palmisano, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

    Palmisano emphasized protocols will be tailored

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    Statement of Racial Harmony Commission Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Over the last month, protesters and marches have become frequent occurrences in our country.
    The public, brutal killing of George Floyd by police has shaken our nation, and we mourn his death.
    The deaths of Mr. Floyd and so many other African Americans and Hispanics – Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks,

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    Clergy abuse list updated

    Posted July 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following entry in the diocesan list of credible accusations of sexual abuse by clergy is hereby revised as shown below to reflect the recent receipt of additional allegations:

    Fr. George Gensler

    Dates of Abuse: Late 1970s

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    Catholic Commentator wins Newspaper of the Year award

    Posted June 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Staff report

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic Commentator earned Newspaper of the Year in its respective division in the Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition for 2020.

    The designation for the Newspaper of the Year is based on the number of points earned in the

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    FINAL CUT

    Posted June 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Popular  barber  retires 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A weathered red and white pole stands sentry

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    FOOD PANTRY

    Posted June 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

    St. Alphonsus parishioners give back

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a hot, sunny, June morning cars lined up in

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    Coming Events

    Posted June 23, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Perpetual Help Mass

    St. Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge will celebrate the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Saturday, June 27 with a Mass at 4 p.m. Novenas will continue to be prayed before the daily 9 a.m. Mass through June 26. For more information, call 225-355-2553.

    Pro-Life Mass

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    Wedding prep going virtual

    Posted June 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    While many things are put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is moving forward by providing virtual retreats to help engaged couples fulfill diocesan requirements before

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