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Father Miles Walsh

Posted March 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

Q You grew up in a small town, Port Allen, on the west side of the Mississippi River. What was that like? Any favorite memories?

A Yes, many. When I was growing up, Port Allen was a small Catholic community. Everybody knew everybody. My grandfather, L.I. Lefeaux, ran a furniture and appliances store which catered to workers on nearby sugar-cane plantations. It was a world that no longer exists. I attended Holy Family School (still thriving), a school run by six heavily habited nuns, the Marianites of the Holy Cross. When the sisters took their walk through the streets of our town in the afternoon, children and adults alike used

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    Father Todd Lloyd

    Q What is your favorite sport you like to participate in?

    A The noble sport of table tennis, better known as “ping pong” to the philistine, is my favorite sport to play. It is a cross between the strategy of chess and the brutality of mixed martial arts. It requires the finesse of basketball and the endurance of cross country running. It is as artistic as

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    Father Matthew Graham

    Q  What is your favorite liturgical season and why?

    A  My favorite liturgical season is the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Good Saturday/Easter Vigil). Even though it is the shortest, it has the most beautiful celebrations of our faith. During these three days we remember and enter into the deepest mysteries of our faith. I look forward to these three days with great expectation each year. I

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    Father Cayet Mangiaracina

    Q  You are recognized as the co-author of Ricky Nelson’s hit song, “Hello Mary Lou.” Can you tell us about that? Are there other songs that you wrote that you are particularly proud of?

    A  The song was originally written by Gene Pitney. I had written a song in 1955 called “Merry Mary Lou” which was recorded by a band called the Sparks.  I originally played one year with the five-piece band. After leaving to join the Dominican Order, the band won a battle of the bands

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    Father Trey Nelson

    Q  What prompted you to draw from the sport of golf when you wrote the book, “I Just Claim to Love the Game: Where Golf and Life Converge.”

    A When I was out for cancer treatment, surgery and recovery, the thing that I missed the most was golf. It’s one of the most precious gifts that my dad ever gave me. I started keeping a journal about my cancer journey and was led to use the analogy of

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    Father Jason Palermo

    Before becoming a priest, you were a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones Investments. What are some of the skills you developed through that job?

    A  I loved my job at Edward Jones and leaving a career was the hardest part of my seminary adjustment. A job in the financial industry teaches you teamwork, critical thinking and good customer service skills. Our Plaquemine branch was

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    Father Brad Doyle

     

    Q  As a person who likes physical fitness, what is one of the most “extreme” physical activities you have done?

    I once did something called a “Go Ruck.” It’s a military style training activity. Twenty people met in City Park in New Orleans at 9 p.m. at night. Our cadre (drill sergeant) showed up and proceeded to take us through one of the most physical, psychological

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    Father Donatus Ajoko

    … with FATHER DONATES AJOKO, chaplain, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

    What are some of the interesting things you have learned about the world of medicine as a hospital chaplain?

     

     

    A  Before I worked in the hospital, I used to think

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    Father Charbel El-Jamhoury

    Q  You like to cook. Do you cook for special occasions? What is one of your favorite dishes to prepare and do you have a recipe you would like to share with us?

    A  Cooking for me is an art, but also, as a priest, it is a true gift that I share with parishioners and friends. When I first came to the parish, I was invited every Saturday morning to

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