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Secular orders offer particular apostolic lifestyles for lay Catholics

Posted February 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

(First of a series) 

 Father Joshua Johnson, parochial vicar at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge, speaks to those attending a gathering of the secular orders and institutes gathering at Our Lady of Mercy in Baton Rouge last October. Photo provided by Barbara Helm

 

As Lent approaches, some Catholics may want to “go higher” in their spiritual life. One way to achieve a new level of intimacy with God is to make a permanent commitment to him by joining a third order or secular institute.

What are they? 

“A secular institute or third order is an institute of consecrated life to which the Christian faithful, living in the world, strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within,” said Gerry Burton OFS, referring to paragraph 928ff under secular

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    God does speak to all but is best heard in the silence of our hearts

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Katie Roettger was at a crossroads.

    Weary of spending lengthy commute times to the Catholic Life Center, where she is the young adult ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, her frustration continued to mount, especially after the flooding when a normally 20-minute drive was tripled. 

    The tipping point came one morning when emotion took over and she cried out, “Why do I have to do this? Why are there so many other moms doing this?” 

    It was at that moment the idea was planted for Roettger to

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    CELEBRATING CATHOLIC EDUCATION

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    ‘Embrace your life’

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “God has a message for you.” 

    Left, students from Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge lead the processional for the Catholic Schools Week Mass.

     

    That’s what Bishop Robert W. Muench

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    TURN UP THE BASS

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Sacred Heart of Jesus School sixth-graders, from left, Luke Broussard, Cooper Bethea and Charles Tramonte, get a first-hand look as alumnus Robert Kling plays his upright bass as part of a science lesson on January

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    WELCOME HOME

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Teens reach out to refugees

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    “It is difficult to talk about it,” Adhra, 17, said with eyes briefly downcast when

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    CELEBRATING CATHOLIC EDUCATION

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    ‘Embrace your life’

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    “God has a message for you.”

    Left, students from Sacred Heart of Jesus School in

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    CELEBRATING CAREGIVERS

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center celebrated World Day of the Sick with a Mass and blessing of caregivers at the Rosary Chapel on Feb. 9. World Day of the Sick is a

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    ANSWERING THE CALL

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Nearly 600 men attended A Call to Battle: Catholic Men’s Conference at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge on Feb. 11. Speakers included Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame

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    SISTERS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Sisters of the Holy Family celebrated their 175th anniversary of the order’s founding family during a Mass on Feb. 12 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Baton Rouge. The sisters were presented with a

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    CELEBRATING JUBILEES

    Posted February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Four jubilarians celebrated a combined 145 years of consecrated life at a special Mass on Feb. 10. Father Paul Yi, chancellor of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, welcomed the jubiliarians. In his homily, celebrant Bishop Robert

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    NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

    Posted February 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO – (CNS) The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco.

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