The Catholic Commentator earns seven LPA awards

Posted June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

The Catholic Commentator earned seven Louisiana Press Association awards, which were announced during the annual LPA luncheon on June 16 in New Orleans.

Editor Richard Meek won the Sam Hanna Award for Best Regular Column as well as earning first and second place awards in Best Single Editorial.

Reporter Bonny Van won a third place award in Best News Category for her story on the challenges inmates face upon re-entry into society. 

Graphic designer Nicole Latiolais won three awards, including third place in Best Layout and Design for Giving Across the Diocese, third place in Best Ad Campaign for Anthony’s Deli, and third place in In-Paper Production for a series of promotional ads for The Catholic Commentator.

    Sta. Teresa acercándose a los jovenes hispanos

    La Iglesia de Sta. Teresa en Gonzales se une a la misión de unir fe y cultura, dándole la bienvenida a la población Hispana en su familia de fe.  Una de estas formas es trabajando para fusionar el PSR Hispano (Escuela de Religión de la Parroquia por sus siglas en inglés) y los programas de PSR de la parroquia, y animando a los niños hispanos a que se involucren en la escuela de la Biblia en las vacaciones y con el grupo de jóvenes.

    “Estoy muy emocionado” dijo el Padre Eric Gyan, radiante, quien habló con

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    Metanoia Manor ‘taking care of the children’

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Actually, before I came here, one of the girls said, ‘Sister Norma, where are you going?’ And I said I had to go and do a presentation and she said, ‘Can I come?’ I said, ‘Not yet, baby, not yet. Maybe one day you will,’ ” said Sister Norma Nunez SOM during a May meeting of the Women in Spirit at the parish hall of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.

    The narrative was more than just an exchange between Sister Norma and the teen girl. Those few words

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    CSJ hosts leadership conference

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Baton Rouge recently served as the destination for students across the country learning about leadership in action at the CSJ|SSJ Leadership Conference. The conference was for students from the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Schools in the United States. Part of their conference included volunteering at SVDP. They served lunch alongside volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons.

    “I wanted to learn about the world and liked the idea of meeting other kids, getting involved and making a difference,” said Connor Dempsey of Nazareth Academy, a co-ed school in

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    Sexual abuse policy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Churches, schools and youth organizations have an obligation to provide children and youth with a safe place to worship, study or participate in activities sponsored by the Catholic Church.

    In its ongoing effort to ensure that this is being accomplished, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established an office of Child and Youth Protection. With the establishment of this office, the diocese has also implemented a process for reporting alleged abuse of a minor.

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge has trained professionals available to provide counseling and information about additional care if needed. Information about reporting an

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    Dameans are pitch perfect for 50th reunion concert

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Armed with snacks and bottles of water, more than 50 people lined up to board a chartered bus headed to a music concert in New Orleans on Sunday, June 3.  

    The Dameans, a group of Notre Dame seminary students who became popular in the 1960s and 70s for their Catholic folk music Mass, reunite 50 years later for a concert to benefit the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat

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    Beatitudes offers journey for life

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Keeping the “dos” and “don’ts” of the Ten Commandments is a good way to stay clear of the sins that can keep one from entering heaven. But to better understand God’s divine purpose behind these biblical laws and achieve the communion with him that they ultimately

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    BISHOP MUENCH FLASHBACK

    Bishop Robert W. Muench celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 29, 2008 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge to mark his 40th anniversary of ordination. Following the Mass, Bishop Muench welcomed family members and friends at a reception. The bishop will celebrate his Golden Jubilee Mass on June 24 at 3 p.m. at the cathedral. Catholic Commentator archives photo

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    Legislature allocates $13 million to OLOL

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital received a nearly $13 million boost from the Louisiana Legislature in the recently completed regular session.  

    Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital a freestanding hospital that will serve children across the Gulf South. Construction is underway, and doors are expected to open in 2019. 

     

    House Bill 2, also

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    Father Joseph Vu appointed pastor

    Father Joseph Vu has been appointed pastor at the cluster parishes of St. Anne Church in Napoleonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville and St. Philomena Church in Labadieville by Bishop Robert W. Muench. Father Vu’s appointment is effective July 2.  

    Father Vu was born Sept. 2, 1987 in Baton Rouge, and graduated from Bishop Sullivan High School in 2005. He was ordained May 25, 2013 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge by Bishop Muench.  

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    RACIAL SOBRIETY

    An estimated 50 people attended an Introducing Racial Sobriety seminar June 9 at St. Michael Parish Hall in Convent. The seminar was sponsored by St Michael and the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office. Father Clarence Williams CPPS, who presents lectures and workshops on racism to civic, educational leaders throughout the United States, South American, Africa and Europe, facilitated the seminar. Father Williams, the author of “Racial Sobriety: Becoming the Change You Want to See,” also presented the seminar on June 8 at the Bishop Robert E. Tracy

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    St. Theresa reaching out to Hispanic youth

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales is joining in the church’s mission of uniting faith with culture by welcoming its Hispanic population into its faith family. One of the ways is merging its Hispanic PSR and parish PSR programs and encouraging Hispanic youth to become involved in the church’s vacation Bible school and youth group.  

    St. Theresa of Avila Church

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    PROUD MOMENT


    Assumption celebrates anniversary 
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

     As menacing, dark clouds gathered on the horizon, Baron LeBrun scanned the grounds at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville. 

     

    Assumption of

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    Neighborhood friends

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The bright, hot summer sun shone like a spotlight on the mom-and-pop neighborhood store Owens Grocery and Market on Balis Street as a large crowd of people gathered to express their gratitude to the store that helped so many of them through the most difficult times. Then broke out a neighborhood party filled with games, food, face painting and a giveaway of 10 bikes to lucky registered

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    Deavers honored at CPA’s Annual Memorial Mass

    Former Catholic Commentator editor Laura Deavers was honored during the annual Catholic Press Association Memorial Mass in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 15.  

    After Communion, CPA president Joe Towalski read a list of CPA members who had died during the previous year.  

    Deavers, who served as editor of The Catholic Commentator for 30 years, died Sept. 13 at the age of 69. She was a native of Baton Rouge and served as editor from 1984-2013.  

    Laura Deavers

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    ON THE MOVE

    Construction of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is approximately 60 percent complete, officials said during a recent media tour. The freestanding hospital will feature more than 350,000 square feet of patient care space, one full floor dedicated to the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and inpatient hematology/oncology services, a family resource center and a dedicated 95,000-square foot medial office building. The hospital is scheduled to open is 2019. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey to receive new sports equipment

    Former LSU Tigers and NFL star Justin Vincent and UnitedHealthcare are donating new sports equipment to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to replace equipment that was damaged in the 2016 flood. The donation was made possible by a $10,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Vincent’s Dreambuilders program. The Dreambuilders Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with pro athletes across the country to help financially, physically and mentally challenged kids receive the items, opportunities and equipment they need to achieve their dreams. Founded by former NFL linebacker Akin Ayodele, Dreambuilders partners with athletes to “captain” one or more of

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    LADIES OF GRACE

    The Constance Butler Chapter 9 Fourth Degree Knights of Peter Claver Ladies of Grace Division scholarship awards program was held April

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