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Posted January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

Vietnamese New Year, 1979: A gala Vietnamese New Year celebration was held Sunday at the gym at Sacred Heart School in Baton Rouge by approximately 400 Vietnamese who settled in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  The families enjoyed a supper and then a program of songs and dances that marked the beginning of the New Year on the Vietnamese calendar.  The large crowd of families and their sponsors stands as a young choral group sings the Vietnamese National Anthem.  Originally published 1/31/1979.  Photo provided by Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge  


    Bishop Robert E. Tracy blesses a live nativity on Christmas 1962. Photo provided by Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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    Bishop Stanley Ott stands by his own personalized LSU football jersey in 1988. Bishop Ott served as assistant chaplain at the Catholic Student Center of LSU from 1957 – 1961 and was an avid LSU football fan. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge from 1983 – 1991. Photo provided by the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    As the new school year begins, students began to get back into their day-to-day routines. Pictured are students at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Paincourtville attending Mass in 1978, which they did as an entire student body each Friday. Also shown is then principal Mark Bergeron. Photo provided by the Archives Department | Diocese of Baton Rouge   

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca meets the press June 26, 2018 after the Vatican announced his appointment to shepherd the Diocese of Baton Rouge, replacing Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench. File photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

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    As the calendar flips to May, the month of Mary, perhaps it’s appropriate to feature Our Lady of Peace Church in Vacherie, a fixture in the River Parishes since its founding in 1864 during the later stages of the Civil War and Federal occupation. The original church was nearly destroyed by a hurricane but parishioners donated materials for its repair. By 1890, as priests from Vacherie traveled by pirogue to spread the faith among neighboring communities, it was obvious a larger church was needed. The

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    GIVING PRAISE – Members of the Diocesan Liturgical Dance Troupe give praise to the Lord during the introduction to the Africentric Mass. “We have come because it is time to praise the Lord!” proclaimed Father Cyprian Devold in his homily to the thousands attending the African American Catholic Homecoming on Aug. 26, 1994 at Southern University’s F. G. Clark Activity Center. Photo provided by Archives Department | Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Children from St. Augustine Church in New Roads carry a banner during the Martin Luther King Jr. march Jan. 15, 2001, reminding all to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.  Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated Jan. 21. Photo from The Catholic Commentator archives 

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    St. Joseph’s Academy, left, as pictured in 1940 at its original downtown Baton Rouge location. The school recently launched its year-long 150th anniversary celebration. right,, women religious are pictured during a luncheon at SJA in 1962. Photo provided by the Archives Department | The Diocese of Baton Rouge