Diocese releases statement concerning allegation of sexual misconduct against Fr. Eric Gyan

Posted December 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

On November 8, 2017, the Diocese of Baton Rouge received from a woman in her thirties a written allegation of sexual misconduct against a priest of this diocese, Fr. Eric Gyan, currently Pastor of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Gonzales. The misconduct was alleged to have occurred in 1996 when the woman was a minor and Fr. Gyan was pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Brusly. This is the only such complaint the diocese has ever received about Fr. Gyan.  

The diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, Mrs. Amy Cordon, has spoken to the person making the allegation and offered assistance on behalf of the diocese.  

Following the diocese’s own Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors by an Employee* when an allegation is made, and in compliance with the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for

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    Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to hold Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is asking the community to help Deck the Halls by providing toys, crafts, games and supplies during a four-day donation drive on December 13-16. Donations to the Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive will benefit children who are in the hospital receiving treatment this holiday season and throughout the year.

    Items can be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All toys must be new in

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    Bishop Ott Shelter Program put freeze plan into effect

     As a community leading homeless services provider, the Bishop Ott Shelter Program has put a freeze plan into effect and is prepared to accommodate homeless men, women, and children in need of shelter during this cold weather snap. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, as part of its mission, is reaching out to unsheltered homeless people during this unusually cold winter weather. 

    St. Vincent de Paul operates three night shelters and one homeless day center. It is currently operating two emergency shelters for men and one for homeless women

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    Special collection for St. Joseph Abbey scheduled for Dec. 9-10

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge will he holding a special collection on the weekend of Dec. 9-10 to benefit St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary, Bishop Robert W. Muench announced in a letter.  

    Bishop Muench said the special will take the place of the annual collection for retired religious, which “our diocese has always been extremely generous in its response.”  

    St. Joseph College, the largest Catholic seminary college in

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    Correction

    The Roselawn Memorial Park ad that ran in the October 27, 2017 issue of The Catholic Commenator listed the incorrect Date for the All saints Day Service. The correct date is November 1 at 2:30 p.m. We apologize for the error.

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    AmeriHealth helps CCDBR serve mental health needs

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mental health is one of the most important steps, if not the most often overlooked, in the recovery process following a natural disaster.

    Representatives from AmeriHealth Louisiana Caritas and employees of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge formed a human assembly line on Oct. 2 to put together disaster preparedness kits, which are being stored at CCDBR. Each kit contains such items as flashlights, can openers and adhesive bandages. AmeriHealth presented

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    AmeriHealth helps CCDBR serve mental health needs

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mental health is one of the most important steps, if not the most often overlooked, in the recovery process following a natural disaster.

    Representatives from AmeriHealth Louisiana Caritas and employees of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge formed a human assembly line on Oct. 2 to put together disaster preparedness kits, which are being stored at CCDBR. Each kit contains such items as flashlights, can openers and adhesive bandages. AmeriHealth presented

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    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Catherine Laboure to close November 24

    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Catherine Laboure to close  November 24  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced today that St. Joan of Arc Parish in Bayou Pigeon and its mission church St. Catherine Laboure in Bayou Sorrell will cease functioning as a parish in the diocese as of Nov. 24.  

    The decision was made through prayer by Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Joan of Arc’s administrator, parish and

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    Long time editor Laura Deavers dies

    Laura Gatz Deavers, who served as editor of The Catholic Commentator for 30 years and was known for her commitment to her Catholic as well as to the people of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the age of 69.Deavers, a native of Baton Rouge, served as editor of the Commentator from 1984-2013 and helped transform the content of the paper into focusing more on the life and the people of the diocese.

    “Laura Deavers applied her Catholic faith to everything she did,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said. “She

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench announces diocesan-wide collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey

    We, the Church in and of Baton Rouge, extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Having had our own experiences of the devastation that natural disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood, security and well-being, we identify and empathize with others so affected. 

    A special monetary collection will be taken up in all our churches on the weekend of September 9-10, 2017. Checks should be made out to the “Diocese of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” and placed in the Church collection or mailed

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    Bishop Muench’s statement on Hurricane Harvey

    We in the Diocese of Baton Rouge extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by the path of Hurricane Harvey. We ourselves are well experienced with the devastation national disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood and security, and we identify and empathize with those so affected. 

    Arrangements will be made to offer financial as well as continuing spiritual support to show our solidarity with you and our commitment to assist in your recovery to the best of our ability.

    In the midst

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench’s Statement on the Charlottesville Incidents

    I join my brother bishops throughout the United States and our Diocesan Commission on Racial Harmony in condemning the shameful display of racism that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    I embrace the words of the Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development: 

    “We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. At the same time, we stand with our

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    Technology aids students to improve Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is “much to love” about Baton Rouge, including the LSU Tigers and Southern Jaguars, weekend festivals and galas filled with fun activities, entertainment and food (including the official state crustacean, crawish), the State Capitol, a thriving arts community and the Mississippi River.

    From left, St. Aloyisus students Katherine Winchester, Isabelle Gruner and Jensen Holliday work on their projects as

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    Advocating for refugees

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    When arriving in Baton Rouge, Dauda Sesay and his family were strangers, being introduced to an unfamiliar world of culture, language and even as to where to live.

    That is, until familiar victual scents stirred memories of their native Sierra Leone.

    “We have a lot of fish, shrimp, crabs,” Sesay said of his native land. “The only difference is we don’t have a lot of crawfish.”

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    Discipleship: Living the call of Jesus

    “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord” – Psalm 89

    The journey through Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year continues with the unveiling of the call to discipleship. Jesus’ extraordinary life is a path for baptized Christians to grow as life-giving disciples. It is through the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that disciples are strengthened, encouraged and made holy.

    Be strong

    How are we strengthened as disciples? Initially, we are called to

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    Refugee rises from the horrors of war to become advocate

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a rather nondescript morning in Sierra Leona, Dauda Sesay, shortly before his 17th birthday, was sent off to school along with his little sister. As was her daily ritual, their mother accompanied her children to the school bus stop.

    Dauda Sesay and his wife, Alima, are shown with their children, Adama, 8 and Alusine, 6. The couple, who are refugees from Sierra Leona, also have a 23-month-old son, Dauda

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    St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Isidore Parish

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    After serving the north Baton Rouge community for more than 50 years, St. Pius X Church is scheduled to cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced in a statement April 1.

    St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced April 1. St. Pius’ current parish financial re parish boundaries will be

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    Diocese merge St. Pius and St. Isidore church parishes

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced today that St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish in the diocese as of May 31, 2017. St. Pius X is located near the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Hooper Road.

    The decision was made through prayer by Diocesan Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Pius’ pastor, parish and finance councils, its trustees and the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, which consists of member

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    BREAKING NEWS: Cristo Rey coming home

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School in Baton Rouge is coming home, and much sooner than anyone expected.

    Crisco Rey president Brian Moscona could hardly contain his excitement as he relayed the news on March 23 that the school, which was driven from its north Baton Rouge site by floodwaters this past summer, should be operational in August

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    BREAKING NEWS: St. Thomas Aquinas announces new principal

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Charles (Pat) Sanguinetti, a longtime Catholic educator, has been chosen as incoming principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in Hammond.

    Sanguinetti, who has served as principal at Cathedral School in Natchez, Mississippi for the past 15 years, will begin at STA on July 1, according to Dr. Melanie Verges, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton

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    Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench on Executive Actions Regarding Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

    Executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement prescribe substantive changes in these two critical areas of public policy that directly affect the futures of so many of our fellow human beings.

    It is my prayer that as these changes are reviewed and implemented, they will be morally defensible, compassionate, unambiguous, non-discriminatory and faithful to our principles as a nation birthed and built by the hands of those who came to our shores in search of lives free from religious persecution, hunger and fear. Thousands of those who want

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    Gov. Edwards visits Pope Francis

    Pope Francis poses for a photo with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his delegation, including Father Jeff Bayhi, pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary, during the pope’s general audience at the Vatican Jan. 18. The delegation was there to discuss human trafficking prevention. The Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy, who are establishing a safe house for girls in the area, are also part of the delegation. (CNS photo)

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    Three Catholic Schools named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Three Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, according to an announcement made by Secretary of Education John King, Jr. today (Sept. 28).

    Students at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge release blue balloons after finding out their school was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Two other Catholic schools in the diocese, St.

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    BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis announces coadjutor bishop in Alexandria

    Pope Francis has appointed Bishop David P. Talley, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, to serve as coadjutor bishop to Bishop Ronald P. Herzog in the Diocese of Alexandria.

    The announcement was made Sept. 21 by Bishop Herzog at the St. Joseph Catholic Center in Alexandria.

    “I’m happy, I’m excited to be here in the Diocese of Alexandria,” Bishop Talley said during a with the priests of the diocese. “I pray that I

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    Flooding silences 40 Days for Life

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    40 Days for Life, a focused event of prayer, vigil and outreach designed to end abortion, will be suspended in Baton Rouge this fall. The campaign, expected to begin, as in previous years, in late September, was canceled due to the unprecedented flooding that devastated the Capital City region last month.

    “The damage to thousands of homes, schools, businesses and churches as well as the continuing

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    Second collections locally and nationally to benefit flood victims

    Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A second collection will be taken up for flood victims at Masses this weekend on the local and national levels.

    Monetary donations continued to be critical need to allow the diocese to respond to the “immediate needs of our parishes, schools and flood victims. Every parish community has differing needs and cash donations allow us to specifically address the varying needs,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said.  

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    Knights of Columbus give diocese $200k for flood recovery

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge has received a $200,000 donation from the Knights of Columbus to help in the recovery effort.

    The Knights also sent $30,000 to the State Council in Louisiana, which is coordinating relief work by local Knights.

    “We have seen incredible generosity from our members,” said the organization’s CEO, Carl Anderson. “The funds we raise will go directly to help those affected by this tragedy, and working closely

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    FEMA setting up Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge.

     

    Father Michael Alello, pastor at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge, speaks with FEMA representatives Rosemarie Zawoiski, left, and Azar Ghafara at the Queen Blanche Center at St. Louis. FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center that is scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Queen Blanche Center. Photo by

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