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Father Phil Spano

Posted March 18, 2016 at 12:00 am

Q You grew up in Donaldsonville, in a family store called Philip Ferris Grocery. What was it like and were you expected to work?

A It was a grocery store, but an “old-timey” one, in a sense. All under one roof and there were groceries, fruits/vegetables, some meats and cold-cuts, deli with homemade sandwiches and po-boys, hand-dipped ice cream, a soda fountain and bar. In those days a child could be having a banana split or ice cream, a soda sitting next to someone having a beer or high ball. We had about 7-8 tables with chairs, a bar/ice cream counter with stools, and another bar with standing footrests. Before many places were integrated under law, whites and blacks

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    Father Donald Blanchard

     

    Q  How did you develop an interest in becoming an iconographer of religious subjects?

    A  I have always been intrigued by religious iconography. Three years ago a friend of mine was telling me that she was in a class learning the art of writing religious icons. I told her if there was ever an opening I would love to join the group. At that very time there was and I was invited to join and have fallen in love with this prayer form. We call

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    Father Peter Callery

     

    Q  You have an interest in story sharing and even teach a continuing education class about film stories at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU. Can you briefly share one of your favorite books?

    A  C. S. Lewis’ last novel, Till We Have Faces, has been one of my favorites since I first read it in the 1960’s. Other influential novel favorites are Urula K. LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, George R. R. Martin’s novella Sandkings. (These last three

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    Father Thomas Clark

     

    Q What are your favorite hobbies?

    A My hobbies are reading and watching Netflix. Most recently I have read “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr; “The Monks of Tibhirine” by John Kiser; I am working my way through the journals of Thomas Merton. I have now read four of the seven volumes. I just finished “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. On Netflix

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    Father Al Davidson

     

    Q Where are some of the favorite places you like to ride your bike?

    A The joy of being in Pierre Part is the fact that everywhere there is a road, a body of water parallels the road, so it makes every opportunity to ride a new experience. Even though we ride for exercise, the adventure of being in communion with God’s creation makes each and every outing a new form of

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    Father Joey Angeles

     

    Q As one who loves to garden, what is your favorite flowering plant to work with and what are its most beautiful features to you?

    A I thought about working in the yard for two reasons: I cannot go to the gym anymore because of the distance to Baton Rouge. When I was at St. George and St. Jean Vianney, I used to go to the gym for

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    Father Jamin David

    Q You once picked winning lottery numbers, but no money. What happened?

    A When I was a young child, the Louisiana Lottery was brand new. There were none of these mega jackpots like Powerball and Mega Millions. Instead, after several weeks, the regular old lottery would grow in jackpot value. One weekend, my mom told me, “Let’s go buy a lottery ticket, and I’m going to let you pick the numbers”

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    With Father Michael Alello

    Pastor, St. Philomena Church in Labadieville

    Q You recently ran in the Boston Marathon. What was one of the most memorable experiences of your race?

    A The 2015 Boston Marathon will be remembered for the challenging conditions runners faced. The course is known for its daunting hills, but add a strong headwind, rain and colder than expected temps, and it made

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    Father Howard Adkins

    …with FATHER HOWARD ADKINS, pastor, Mater Dolorosa Church in Independence.

    Q How did serving as a Marine before becoming a priest prepare you personally for facing challenges in life?

    A Most Marines I know would rather play war than do war – would rather train for war rather than experience war. No one really wants war – but someone needs to

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    Father Tom Duhe

    ..with FATHER TOM DUHÉ, pastor, St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge

    Q  You enjoy celebrating Mardi Gras, and people you are with know they should “get out of the way” when the beads are thrown. Have you ever ridden on a Mardi Gras float? Any fun stories to share about the parade route?

     

     

    A  I have always loved Mardi Gras. I

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    Father Andrew Merrick

    … with FATHER ANDREW MERRICK pastor, St. Elizabeth Church in Paincourtville and St. Jules Church in Belle Rose

    Q Tell us about the old grey Ford pickup truck you own.

    A That’s a funny question, because it is still hard for me to think of my truck as old even though I have had it since the middle of my

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    Father Charles Landry

    …with FATHER CHARLES R. LANDRY, pastor of St. Gabriel Church, St. Gabriel

    Q  You played ice hockey in high school and seminary. Did it get rough on the ice?

    A  In my seminary days, which were spent in the states of Minnesota (high school) and Wisconsin (college) one of our school sports was ice hockey.  I was a pretty good roller skater and I had no problem learning to ice skate. I became pretty good at ice skating and that led to my liking to play hockey.

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    Father Charles Landry

    …with FATHER CHARLES R. LANDRY, pastor of St. Gabriel Church, St. Gabriel

    Q  You played ice hockey in high school and seminary. Did it get rough on the ice?

    A  In my seminary days, which were spent in the states of Minnesota (high school) and Wisconsin (college) one of our school sports was ice hockey.  I was a pretty good roller skater and I had no problem learning to ice skate. I became pretty good at ice skating and that led to my liking to play hockey.

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    Father Jerry Martin

    …with Father JERRY MARTIN, pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Prairieville

    Q Golf and tennis are two of your hobbies. Tell us, are you pretty good at them? Do you play often, who do you play with?

    A If you looked at my golf scorecard, you would know that I play this game for the exercise and not for competitive reasons. In fact, I normally try to play golf alone because that is where I outline my Sunday sermons. Once I have the outline

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    Father Mike Schatzle

    …with Father Mike Schatzle, pastor of St. George Church, Baton Rouge

    Q Golf is one of your hobbies? Are you pretty good at it? How did you start playing?

    A Growing up, I played every sport that was available: baseball, football, basketball, soccer and tennis. At that time golf was considered a “rich man’s” sport.

    Following ordination, the sport that I most enjoyed was tennis.

    My first

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    Father Chris Decker

    …with Father Chris Decker, pastor of St. Philip (Vacherie) and St. James Church (St. James) parishes

    Q You like to draw and are known to be a “doodler.” Tell us about doodling in restaurants?

    A Like most folks in Louisiana, I like to spend time around the table with friends and family. Drawing is not only a way I like to relax, but I find it also sets others at ease. There’s

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    Father Frank Uter

    …with Father Frank Uter, pastor, Immaculate Conception in Denham Springs

    Q You walk every morning between 4 and 5 and then visit the chapel. Why do you start your day this way? Why so early?

    A I usually pray Morning Prayer first, around 4 and then begin my walk around 4:30 or 5. I have pretty much done it this way for the past 20 years or so. The Church’s Morning Prayer is a bit more formal and gives thoughts for the day, and when I walk

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    Father Gordian Iwuji

    …with Father Gordian Iwuji MSP pastor, St. Benedict the Moor Church, BertrandvilleQ How difficult has it been for you to transition into living in Louisiana?A There has been no atom of difficulty in my transition into Louisiana. My one year in Houston was like for me my busiest moment since I was ordained a priest. As you know Houston is a busy city, with multiple road networks. I got pulled over by the police twice, not for speeding, but for navigating my way

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    Father Jack Nutter

    …with Father Jack Nutter, pastor, St. Louis King of France

    Q You make yearly trips to the Indianapolis 500. Are you a race car driver wanna be or just interested in the sport?

    A I was not so specifically “into” auto racing prior to traveling up to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time. A group of guys, with whom I had played softball, had previously

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