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Bishop Muench praises deacons during homily

Posted June 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

This morning a spirit of joy, excitement and enthusiasm pervades this cherished house of God, more precisely, a Holy Spirit whose special solemnity of Pentecost we celebrated last Sunday. I extend heartiest greetings to all, especially our candidates for the diaconate, wives, children, other family members and friends, as well as all clergy, religious and lay faithful. Particular acknowledgment is made to Father (Jamin) David, Diaconate Formation Office Director, Deacon (John) Veron, Diaconate Ministry and Life Office Director, Dr. (Tina) Holland, Our Lady of the Lake College president and those who promote recruitment, selection and formation of candidates; to Father (Tom) Ranzino, Worship Office Director, liturgical ministers for this celebration, Father (Paul) Counce, St. Joseph Cathedral pastor, Mr. (Steve) Lee, Catholic Life Television director and Mr. (Richard) Meek, Catholic Commentator editor.

 

 

The early church

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    Bishop Muench’s ordination homily

    With great joy I welcome clergy, religious and lay faithful, diocesan and parish staff and members, seminary officials, seminarians, seminary prospects and most especially, Deacons Pat Broussard and Ryan Hallford and deacon candidate Tim Grimes, their families and friends. Ordinands, I recognize the circuitous routes which have led you here. I thank you and those who have supported you along the way. Ultimately we thank God who has directed you. Let us also offer special prayer for Aminthe Broussard, late wife

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    Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench on recent developments regarding the Alton Sterling case

    The United States Department of Justice has handed down its decision. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the decision, one thing remains the same: there is a racial divide in our city that exposes a gap of access and opportunity.

    We must dedicate ourselves to work for racial healing and transformation in Baton Rouge. While recognizing the universal respect we should have for those whose duty is to ensure our public safety, we must work together for law enforcement and criminal justice reform, economic development in all

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    Bishop Muench offers support to task force recommendations

    Greetings of peace in the New Year!

    After two years of work and visitations to every church parish in our diocese, the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force has completed and presented to me the report containing recommendations for ongoing pastoral planning in our diocese. I am very happy to accept these recommendations and offer my support as we move forward toward implementation.

    You will notice that the report is divided into four sections: 1.

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    Priests Formation Days spiritually enriching for clergy members

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

    The Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee is hosting the Annual Priests’ Formation Days on January 9-12, 2017. These formation days are one of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry. They offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese

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    Christ’s birth offers welcome reassurance

    As Christmas nears, we approach the manger at Bethlehem where our Divine Savior was starkly, but lovingly, birthed in an ancient world in need of peace and meaning found reassurance. Ironically, we in today’s world, find ourselves in similar need.

    The inexhaustible mystery of God’s divinity, infinity and eternity brings tranquility to the anguished, healing to the infirm, comfort to the grieving, relief to the burdened, hope to the despairing, direction to the lost, joy to the afflicted and love to the forsaken. It validates the personal

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    Priests Formation Days spiritually enriching for clergy members

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

    The Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee is hosting the Annual Priests’ Formation Days on January 9-12, 2017. These formation days are one of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry. They offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese

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    BAA an opportunity to show appreciation for Christ’s mercy

    “Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, “The Name of God Is Mercy”). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned. Believing the father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace

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