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Through horrific pain comes spiritual strength

Posted July 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

Becky Wilson, a member of St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge, speaks in a matter-of-fact way when giving the details of an accident that nearly took her life 29 years ago. But when enumerating the blessings of her spiritual journey that occurred during that trying time she is swept away with emotions.  

Becky Wilson prays the rosary before serving as lector at the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass at St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge. She has participated in this ministry at various churches since 1972. The rosary she is holding played a vital part in the miraculous healing of her hand following an accident which nearly took her life. id=”0″>

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    Principals strategically planning for the future

    Principals strategically planning for the future 
    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    As teachers, staff and students prepare to go back to school, principals are preparing for the future with a three- to five-year strategic plan. 

     

    Scott Baron leads a workshop on long-term strategic planning for principals at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The workshop was held at the

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    OLOL links saintly legacies

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    In a twist of faith, divine inspiration and a bit of business acumen, the legacies of two famous Catholic friends, St. Dominic and St. Francis, have joined forces to continue to provide Catholic health care for the Jackson, Mississippi area. On July 1, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady completed a transition of sponsorship from the Dominican Sisters for Dominic Health Services in Jackson.  

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    THIRSTY NO MORE

    Superior general  drawn to St. Teresa 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Sister Mary Prema MC, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, continued the work of the congregation’s founder, St. Teresa of Kolkata, in helping people look to the crucified Christ and hear his words, “I thirst,” when she came to Baton Rouge in July.  

    Sister Mary Prema MC, superior general of the Missionaries

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    LOVE AND MERCY

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant’s Love and Mercy Academy on June 3-14 was an intense immersion of middle school youth in the love, knowledge and service of Jesus.  

    Youth leave Holy Rosary church after a day of catechesis and fun. Photo provided by Jenny Morales | Holy Rosary Church

     

    When Holy Rosary pastor Father Joshua Johnson was parochial vicar at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge,

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    A day of welcoming, gratitude

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Visitors to the Baton Rouge Goodwood Library on June 23 were greeted with the tantalizing aromas from specialty dishes being prepared from around the world.  

    Dancers from Kenya helped kick off World Refugee Day at the Main Goodwood Library in Baton Rouge. The day features entertainment, native dishes and various testimonies from refugee.   

     

    Nearby, dancers stepping out to their

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    God’s Work

    Posted July 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “We are made for greatness” was the mantra of youth who worked, played, prayed and evangelized in the Inspirational Service

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    OLOL links saintly legacies

    Posted July 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    In a twist of faith, divine inspiration and a bit of business acumen, the legacies of two famous Catholic friends,

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    THIRSTY NO MORE

    Posted July 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Superior general  drawn to St. Teresa 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Sister Mary Prema MC, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, continued

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    Lawmakers adopt ‘strong’ pro-life legislation

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:02 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Although disappointed by the failure to abolish capital punishment, the recently completed session of the Louisiana Legislature was buoyed by “strong pieces of pro-life legislation,” according to  Danielle Van Haute, respect life coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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    WINE conference set July 27

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) are working with women and women’s organizations across the country to bring “feminine genius” to churches and communities. They will host their inaugural conference Saturday, July 27 at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant.

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    Clergy Abuse List Update

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following individuals have been added to the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Clergy Abuse List as having served in the diocese without any credible accusations having been made against them. 

    Father Joseph Israel Guidry, SVD, was reported on the

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    Commentator takes top honors

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator won 10 awards in Division 5 in the Louisiana Press Association 2019 Better Newspaper contest, including first place in General Excellence for the July 6, 2018 edition.

    Overall, the Commentator won six first place awards and two second and third place awards.

    “I

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    Fostering hope

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In an all too familiar scene, foster parents may only get a moment’s notice they will be receiving a foster child, who when they arrive may

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    Faith knows no age

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As the transport bus pulled up to the church, the 12 passengers on board readied themselves to disembark, tightening their grips

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    Sister Maria dies

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sister Maria Rabalais CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 77 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday, June 22 at the age of 94. 

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    A day of welcoming, gratitude

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Visitors to the Baton Rouge Goodwood Library on June 23 were greeted with the tantalizing aromas from specialty dishes being prepared from around the

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    LOVE AND MERCY

    Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant’s Love and Mercy Academy on June 3-14 was an intense immersion of middle school youth in

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    Clergy Abuse List Update

    Posted July 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following individuals have been added to the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Clergy Abuse List as having served in the diocese without any credible accusations having been made against them. 

    Father Joseph Israel Guidry, SVD, was reported on the

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    FINAL STEPS

    Posted June 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Transitional deacons ordained  

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Joseph Cathedral was dark and quiet, yet packed early with

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    Sexual abuse policy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Churches, schools and youth organizations have an obligation to provide children and youth with a safe place to worship, study or participate in activities sponsored by the Catholic Church.

    In its ongoing effort to ensure that this is being accomplished, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established

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    Spirituality center ‘concluding but ministry continues’

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    After more than three decades, the St. Joseph Spirituality Center located on the campus of St. Joseph’s Academy is shuttering its Baton Rouge location June 30, or as  outgoing executive director Dianne Hanley said, the center “is concluding but

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    ‘Always be a deacon’

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    “You have been called to a vocation beyond your own understanding, both as husbands and wives, and as deacons and deacons’ wives,” said Bishop Michael G. Duca as he shared his vision for the permanent

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    ST. MARGARET RENOVATION

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    A major renovation at St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland Church in Albany is on schedule, according to pastor Father Jamin David. The renovations include a 65-person expansion, reconfiguring the sanctuary, a separate vesting area

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    Hurricane Mass celebrated

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The 2018 hurricane season might have been a quiet one for Louisiana, and the faithful are once again offering

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    A gift inspired by the Spirit

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Renovations on the home of Anthony Mumphrey completed by volunteers from St. George Church in Baton Rouge unwrapped like

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    Serra Club announces essay winners

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Cassandra Boudreaux, a student of the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association, was announced as the Serra Club of Baton Rouge’s grand prize winner of its annual essay contest. Boudreaux was presented with a check for $250 and

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    FINAL STEPS

    Posted June 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Transitional deacons ordained  

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Joseph Cathedral was dark and quiet, yet packed early with

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