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LIFE AT THE END OF THE ROAD

Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

Sleepy teens from St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly boarded a bus around 6:45 a.m. on July 14 for the almost 2-hour drive to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, considered “the end of the road,” both geographically as well as the end of the lives for a majority of the inmates housed there. 

Confirmation candidates at St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly take a photo before boarding the bus for a confirmation retreat at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Photos by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

 

As the bus ambled along Hwy. 66 some of the youth looked out their windows at the rolling hills of Tunica Trace, topped

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    Educators gather for prayer

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Just before the start of the 2018-19 school year, more than 900 educators from schools throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge converged for prayers, blessings and a reminder of their mission: evangelizing hearts, educating minds, encouraging talent and embracing the future. 

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench talks about the importance of ministering to students at the annual Catholic Educators Gathering sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office. This year’s event was held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge.

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    Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench’s Statement concerning reports of sexual abuses by clergy

    Recently reported abuses by some clergy from other Catholic dioceses in our country leave us heartbroken and sickened. As the Church continues to address the issue of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, news of the horrendous and inexcusable offenses committed by a former cardinal and revelations of the decades of criminally and morally reprehensible abuse contained in the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury reveal a spiritual crisis in our Church.
    Our shame is intensified by the sometimes failure of Church leadership to hold abusers accountable. In the words of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference

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    CELEBRATING TRADITION

    SJA kicks  off 150th  year 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grounds of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge were quiet as a summer sun shone brightly on the school’s newest addition, a 23,150-square-foot Student Activity Center.  

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, with the assistance of SJA student Anna Claire Eagleton, blesses the new Student Activity

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    Symbolism marks ceremony

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The installation ceremony for Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca is steeped in tradition and one that is marked by its beauty, symbolism and acknowledgement of the past by linking it to the future, according to Father Tom Ranzino, vicar general for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    Bishop-designate Duca will be installed on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.  

    “There are a lot of

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    ‘We were one,’ bishop’s sisters say of family

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “We’re four different children but we’re one,” said Mary Muench Pringle, sister of Bishop Robert W. Muench. She was describing the closeness, the love and the faith-filled dynamic of the Muench family.

    Bishop Muench’s sisters, from left, Jo Ann Talken, Mary Pringle and Marsha Morse

     

    The Muench family emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, settling in Kentucky, according to Pringle. When Bishop Muench was three-years-old, his father, William Anthony; mother, Mary Kathryn (Allgeier); older sister, Jo Ann Muench Talken; and baby, Mary, who was 8-months-old, moved to New Orleans

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    Bishop-designate Duca installation schedule

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

    Evening Prayer at St. George Catholic Church
    Reception to follow in the gym. Open to the public.
    This event will also be aired live on Catholic Life TV
    and streamed.

    Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

    Installation at St. Joseph Cathedral

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    Cristo Rey seeking corporate partners

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Staff report

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is still seeking 18 jobs to allow students to report to work in September in conjunction with the school’s unique corporate work program.

    The money earned by the students pays their tuition. Through the corporate work program,

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    Thirst for justice satisfied through the joy of the Gospel

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Hungering and thirsting for righteousness means loving people enough to get involved in their lives and protect their dignity as sons and daughters of God, according to Father Rick Andrus SVD, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton

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    ST. PATRICK PASTOR INSTALLATION

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, hugs Father Michael Micelli after instating him as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 4. Looking on is Deacon Pete Walsh. Photo

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    PASTOR INSTALLATION

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

     Bishop Robert W. Muench presents Father Matthew Graham to the congregation during a pastor installation ceremony on July 28 at St. Jules Church in Belle Rose. Father Graham was also installed as pastor at

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    LIFE AT THE END OF THE ROAD

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Sleepy teens from St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly boarded a bus around 6:45 a.m. on July 14 for the almost 2-hour drive to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola,

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    Dressed for success

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    It was the excitement of back to school shopping for school clothes, at least for girls, who walked

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    Educators gather for prayer

    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Just before the start of the 2018-19 school year, more than 900 educators from schools throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge converged for prayers, blessings and a reminder of their mission: evangelizing hearts,

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    WELCOME BACK

    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Cleo Milano, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge, greets students and their families on the first day of school on Aug. 9. Students in grades 3Y through first

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    Symbolism marks ceremony

    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The installation ceremony for Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca is steeped in tradition and one that is marked by its beauty, symbolism and acknowledgement of the past by linking

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    ‘We were one,’ bishop’s sisters say of family

    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “We’re four different children but we’re one,” said Mary Muench Pringle, sister of Bishop Robert W. Muench. She was describing the closeness, the love and the faith-filled dynamic of the Muench family.

    Bishop Muench’s sisters, from left, Jo

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    ON THE MOVE

    Posted May 31, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Construction of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is approximately 60 percent complete, officials said during a recent media tour. The freestanding hospital will feature more than 350,000 square feet of patient care space, one full floor dedicated to

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    Cristo Rey to receive new sports equipment

    Posted April 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Former LSU Tigers and NFL star Justin Vincent and UnitedHealthcare are donating new sports equipment to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to replace equipment that was damaged in the 2016 flood. The donation was made possible by a $10,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Vincent’s Dreambuilders program. The Dreambuilders

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