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Catholic High School Graduation

Posted May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

Graduation season has been in full swing for the past several weeks throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge on the high school, elementary school and college levels. In this undated photo, the graduating class of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge is shown at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. File photo from The Catholic Commentator

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    Original Holy Ghost Church in Hammond

    The original Holy Ghost Church in Hammond, which could seat approximately 250 people, was dedicated on Nov. 23, 1902 by Bishop Gustave A. Rouxel, the auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The church doubled its size in 1937 to accommodate 500. The first Mass in Hammond was celebrated in 1890 by Father Leander Roth, who was from nearby Gessen, at the home of Mrs. John Neelis. The Catholic

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    Bishop Robert E. Tracy

    Bishop Robert E. Tracy, second from left, seems to be talking a little smack to Msgr. John Naughton as he takes a swing during a round of golf with priests in the Diocese of Baton Rouge in August, 1971. Also in the foursome were Father Donald Songy, far right, and Msgr. Leo Guillot at the far left. Two years earlier, Bishop Tracy was able to spend time with the legendary Arnold Palmer at the CYO-Arnold Palmer Golf Exhibition at Sherwood Forest Country Club, although

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    St. Joseph Cathedral Rendering

    A rendering shows St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge as it appeared in 1853. As Baton Rouge celebrates its 200th anniversary, it’s important to remember the Catholic Church has been in the area for much longer. In fact, although the date of construction of the first Catholic Church in Baton Rouge remains a mystery, it is known it was already standing in 1792 when the first pastor arrived. The church stood near the site of what is the present State Capitol. The first known

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    St. Francis of Pointe Coupee Chapel

    The St. Francis of Pointe Coupee Chapel has a long history that includes three different churches and several moves. As a parish, St. Francis dates to 1728, with the first church built 10 years later. In 1760, a second church was dedicated, approximately four miles down river from the previous building. The church stood for 130 years but as the community relocated to other areas, St. Francis ceased to be an independent parish and became a mission chapel. The current church was dedicated May

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    Bishop Robert E. Tracy and Baton Rouge Mayor Jack Christian leave Ryan Airport in Baton Rouge in a convertible after the bishop was returning home from Vatican II in 1962. Shortly after Bishop Tracy departed the plane, a man came up and kissed his ring. Photo provided by the Archives | Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Bishop Stanley Ott

    Bishop Stanley Ott, left, and Archbishop William Borders are shown serving dinner in the dining room at St. Vincent de Paul Society in Baton Rouge on Thanksgiving Day in 1991. Archbishop Borders, whose first assignment after ordination in 1940 was associate pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge, had retired from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where he served from 1975-89. Bishop Robert W. Muench has continued the tradition of serving the homeless on Thanksgiving Day at St. Vincent.

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    Flooding in southeast Louisiana is obviously nothing new

    In April 1973, Bishop Robert E. Tracy visited flooded communities in the Bayou Pigeon, Bayou Sorrel and Pierre Part communities. Bishop Tracy is shown speaking with residents who were waiting word to evacuate. By that time many families had moved their possessions to attics or second floors to escape the rising waters. Photo provided by the Archives Department | Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Father Robert E. Tracy is shown celebrating Mass at the original Christ the King Chapel at LSU in this photo from the late 1940s. Father Tracy later became the founding bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The chapel was officially dedicated in 1940 but by the 1950s the facilities had grown too small. The church was expanded and a new Catholic Student Center built. Christ the King became a church parish in 1980, and in 1998

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    Sacred Heart Church in Cornerview grew from humble beginnings. In the late 1840s a chapel about 10 square feet was built in Cornerview to serve people who had settled along a little stream called “Riviere Nueve” or New River, which it remains today. The chapel was called the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The burgeoning community continued to grow and despite the ravages of the Civil War a new church, shown above, was completed

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    Archbishop Joseph Rummel and clergy members are shown gathered outside of the old St. George Church in 1935, the same year he was installed as archbishop for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Knights of Columbus from St. George are also shown with Archbishop Rummel, where construction on the new St. George Church is continuing and is expected to be completed in 2017. Photo provided by the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 

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    As May approaches, many churches are making plans for the crowing of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Wilfred Knoblock, then pastor at St. Jules Church in Belle Rose, is shown with St. Jules students during a May Crowning in 1946. Photo provided by the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Mother Teresa of Calcutta, right, is shown visiting with Archbishop Philip M. Hannan and Winifred Trabeaux, national regent of the Catholic Daughters of America during the 36th Biennial National Convention in New Orleans in July 1976. Mother Teresa, 66 at the time also participated in a world hunger symposium at the International Eucharistic Congress one month later. Trabeaux is originally from Baton Rouge. Photo provided by the Archives Department, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Bishop Stanley J. Ott is shown distributing ashes to employees of the Catholic Life Center during Mass in the Resurrection Chapel on Feb. 8, 1989. Catholics throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge as well as worldwide will celebrate Ash Wednesday Feb. 10. Photo provided by the Archives Department, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Bishop Robert E. Tracy is shown in an undated photo preaching from the ambo in St. Joseph Chapel at the Catholic Life Center. The chapel was completed in the late 1960s but not dedicated until Sept. 30, 1970 by Cardinal John Cody, former archbishop of New Orleans and at the time archbishop of Chicago. On that same day, Cardinal Cody also dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Catholic Student Center at Southern University, the Catholic Life Center and St. Joseph Cathedral Prep School

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    Bishop Robert E. Tracy is shown blessing the living Nativity at St. Joseph Cathedral in December 1962. Throughout the diocese, church parishes set up Nativity scenes, including some live, in celebration of the Advent season. Photo courtesy of the Archives Department | Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    FLOATING WORSHIPPERS

    Improvements to Virgin Island in Pierre Part were dedicated during a Mass concelebrated by St. Joseph the Worker Church pastor Father Salvador Moran and Father John Carville in May 1977. A statue of the Blessed Virgin, which was placed on the tiny island several years earlier, was restored and landscaping was done to make it an attractive shrine to Mary. During the Mass a historical marker was unveiled. The marker read: Virgin Island commemorates the

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    A new convent for the Dominican Sisters of New Orleans at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence was dedicated by Bishop Robert E. Tracy in 1963. The convent was air-conditioned and consisted of eight rooms for the sisters, a chapel, refractory, community room, parlor and guest room. Father L.E. Curtis OP was the pastor at the time. Dominican sisters from throughout south Louisiana attended the dedication. The Dominican sisters helped Father John Ayuela, who was pastor at that time, open the school in 1921. The

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    This undated photo shows St. Paul Church in Bayou Goula before it was moved in 1927. The church is facing the side street, and it is believed the building behind the church may be the rectory. Bayou Goula was the site of the first Catholic Church built in the Louisiana Purchase in 1699, although the church was not officially named. The current church was constructed in 1871, when it was still a mission, and became a parish in 1877. Until then, the church was served

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    The original structure for St. George Church was a chapel constructed in 1888 on an area that was largely surrounded by farmland. The chapel was expanded in 1926 with the addition of a bell tower and remained in use until 1960 when the “gym-church” was completed. In 1988 that building was renovated to serve a rapidly expanding area. That church is still in use today. Earlier this year ground was broken on a new church that should be completed by the end of

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    Golf legend Arnold Palmer is shown posing with officials of the CYO-Arnold Palmer golf exhibition at Sherwood Forest Country Club in May 1969. From left are Fred Montalvo, president of the sponsoring Afton Foundation; Palmer; Bishop Robert E. Tracy and then-CYO director Father Gerard Young. Photo courtesy of the Archives Department, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    MAY CROWINING

    Bishop Robert E. Tracy, right, watched as Ramona Blanchard places a crown on the Blessed Virgin Mary during a May crowning service on the Island of the Blessed Virgin Mary across from St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part in May 1972. Bishop Tracy and Blanchard, who was president of the St. Joseph CYO at the time, were shuttled to the island by Henry Marks. The May crowning was the first the parish had held in 20 years. If you would like to

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    Bishop Robert Tracy gathered with several priests at what was then New Orleans International Airport before he and Msgr. Pat Gillespie departed for Rome for the Second Vatican Council. Pictured, left to right: Msgr. Paul J. Gauci: Msgr. Joseph Gillespie, pastor of St. Leo’s in New Orleans; Msgr. Patrick Gillespie; Bishop Tracy and Father Robert Fangue. If you have a photo from the past that you would like to see published in The Catholic Commentator please send it to rmeek@diobr.org.

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    A number of clergy members attended a weekend gathering that celebrated the dedication of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1961. Shown at the clergy luncheon, from left, Bishop Robert E. Tracy, Apostolic Delegate Egidio Vagnozzi, Msgr. Herman Lohmann, and Archbishop Joseph Rummel. Photo courtesy of the Archives Department, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Bishop Robert E. Tracy met with Pope Paul VI in Rome in December 1974. Bishop Tracy, chairman of the United States Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and Tourist at the time, was in Rome to attend the International Catholic Air Congress, which studied the impact of the Holy Year on the world of civil aviation and the services to be rendered to pilgrims flying to Rome in 1975, and the airport chaplaincy as it relates to the airport community, aircrew personnel and passengers. Bishop

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    Parishioners are shown arriving for Mass at St. Mary’s Chapel in Union in their horse-drawn carriages, circa 1910-1915. The chapel was originally built in 1831. Previously, services were being held at a private home and later at St. Mary Plantation. The current chapel, which is closed, was built in 1875. Photo provided the Department of Archives Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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    Families will traditionally visit cemeteries to place flowers at the graves of their loved ones on All Saints Day, which is celebrated Nov. 1. On Nov. 2, All Souls Day is celebrated. Above, the late Bishop Stanley J. Ott is shown blessing the graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Baton Rouge in this undated photo. Photo provided by the Archives Department, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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