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Taylor Sanford ordained transitional deacon

Posted August 12, 2020 at 11:08 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

Deacon Taylor Sanford is spending the next year learning through experience about serving the church and being a witness to the Gospel. Deacon Sanford, who was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Michael G. Duca at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, is scheduled to be ordained a priest in May for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

Bishop Michael G. Duca lays his hands on Deacon Taylor Sanford during ordination ceremonies Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Deacon Sanford was ordained a transitional deacon. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

During an interview at Ascension of Our

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    A habit to break: Doomscrolling’ groaning’

    A June 25 WIRED magazine article described a new and dangerous habit that has become part of popular technology practices. “Doomscrolling” refers to the pattern of scrolling through social media in the midst of a pandemic and social unrest and being flooded with morbid messages that elicit an almost physical discomfort.  

    Reports of mental illness, especially among the lonely and isolated, have risen dramatically in the past few months. Why do so many willingly engage in a ritual that causes more

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    A hoppy Easter in July

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Although delayed by more than three months, the annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Easter egg giveaway still had pep in its hop.  

    Needy Baton Rouge youngsters received sweet goodies of all types during the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Easter in July celebration July 31 in the parking lot of the St. Vincent dining room. The first

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    Father Dunn ‘ready’ to begin ministry

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Emotion gripped the 25-year-old voice of Father Mathew Dunn as he stood and simply said “present,” an appropriate response since at that moment his life meeting at the intersection of the past, present and future.  

    Father Mathew Dunn blesses his family shortly after being ordained. Pictured left to right are Father Dunn’s father, Thomas; sister, Miranda; and mother, Gina.  Photos

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    CALLED TO SERVE

    Priest, deacon ordained

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Vocations are initially formed and nurtured through the family, and outside of the seminary the domestic church is the most immediate and important formation.

    Bishop Michael G. Duca ordained Deacon Taylor Sanford, left, as transitional deacon and Father Mathew Dunn, right, to the priesthood during ordination ceremonies Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.

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    Diaconate program ‘a sense of pride’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Father Jamin David wore the smile of a proud papa as he watched the ordination of six new permanent deacons by Bishop Michael G. Duca on Aug. 8 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca ordained six news deacons to the permanent diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Aug. 8. The deacons were

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    WELCOME BACK

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge welcomed students back to school beginning on Aug. 6. School administrators and teachers instructed the students on social distancing and safety protocol measures and reported that their first day of school went well. At St. John High School in Plaquemine, principal Cherie Schlatre dispenses hand sanitizer made available for students. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

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    Red Stick Conference goes virtual Aug. 29

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The annual Red Stick Catholic Fest Conference, scheduled Aug. 29, will expand on the theme of belonging to the modern world, within the church and ultimately to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The event is hosted by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    Catholic Life TV records a talk by Father Andrew Merrick for this year’s Red Stick Catholic Fest Conference. Photo provided

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    Bishop delivers message of hope in school Mass

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge prepared to welcome students to a new school year Bishop Michael G. Duca encouraged educators to meet the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic with confidence and zeal in proclaiming the Gospel.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca celebrated the annual back to school Mass on Aug. 4 at St. Joseph

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, according to a statement from the diocese released July 22.

    The diocese released the statement on the same day the East Baton Rouge School System announced the delay of the start of students attending in-person classes until at least Labor Day, with online classes beginning Aug. 10. 

    The statement read that start dates for all diocesan, parochial and private schools which are part of the Catholic schools district are listed on the Catholic Schools

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    RESTORING BEAUTY

    Volunteers  remodel ICC chapel 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The adoration chapel at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs has been “silenced” at times during its 24 years of existence, including the flood of 2016 when it took on more than five feet of water and now with the coronavirus pandemic.  

    Mike Richard replaced the

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    Reduced music ministries continue to strike spiritual chord

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    During a time when COVID-19 would have people live quietly in despair, church parish music ministry programs in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are striving to bring back worship, hope and life.  

    Many choirs throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge have been limited or not been able to sing at all because of the COVID-19 pandemic but music ministries are continuing to bring hope during these difficult times. File photos

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    Angola chaplain finds ‘face of Christ’ in inmates

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The response was simple and direct.  

     

    Jay Jackson, right, who recently retired as chaplain at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, unloads supplies at the prison in 2018. He is assisted by Linda Fjeldsjo, coordinator of Joseph Homes/Prison Ministry for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and Rob Tasman, center, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops. File photos | The Catholic Commentator

     

    More than two decades ago, a co-worker

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    Father Frank Uter set to retire

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Father Frank Uter sees his upcoming retirement as moving forward into another ministry in which he can better serve the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    Bishop Robert E. Tracy ordained Father Frank Uter on March 1, 1969 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Photo provided by the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton

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    Vacation Bible Schools go virtual during pandemic

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    During the summer Jesus is coming into homes and unpacking a suitcase filled with items from the tropics, Rocky Mountains … all over the world, as well as songs, fun activities and stories to let children and their families know that he loves them and is with them through virtual Vacation Bible Schools being offered in the Diocese of Baton

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    SPIRITUAL THIRST

    Empty fonts do not parch waters of faith

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    By habit many people enter a Catholic Church and immediately head for the holy water font to dip their fingers and make the sign of the cross.  

    Holy water and baptismal fonts have been emptied around the Diocese of Baton

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    Declaración Comisión de armonía racial Diócesis de Baton Rouge

    La Comisión de Armonía Racial de la Diócesis de Baton Rouge, la comisión bi-racial, que consta de 12 miembros e incluye clérigos, religiosos y laicos de la diócesis, continúa reuniéndose bajo la dirección del obispo Michael G. Duca para explorar formas de comprender mejor los efectos del racismo en nuestra sociedad y construir comunidad en torno a la necesidad de armonía racial.

    Durante el último mes, manifestantes y marchas se han convertido en acontecimientos frecuentes en nuestro país. El brutal asesinato público de George Floyd por parte de la policía ha sacudido a nuestra nación, y lamentamos

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    Bishop Duca, governor discuss pandemic

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca and Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed balancing fear with faith during the nationally syndicated radio program “Catholic Connection” on July 22 on Catholic Community Radio.

    Host Teresa Tomeo said in regard to the coronavirus pandemic there is a sense of fear across the country that even “good Catholics” can succumb to. Noting that Edwards recently called for three days of lunch fasting and prayer, she asked the bishop and the governor how that can be an answer to the fear gripping the nation. 

    Edwards

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, according to a statement from the diocese released July 22.

    The diocese released the statement on the same day the East Baton Rouge School System announced the delay of the start of students attending in-person classes until at least Labor Day, with online classes beginning Aug. 10. 

    The statement read that start dates for all diocesan, parochial and private schools which are part of the Catholic schools district are listed on the Catholic Schools

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    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August

    Start dates for all diocesan, parochial and private schools which are part of the Catholic schools district are listed on the Catholic Schools Office website at csobr.org.

    Schools began communicating this week with faculty, staff and parents outlining the specifics of each school’s plan to open.

    Protocols are being tailored to each school’s individual needs. There is no “one size fits all” protocol, though all schools must follow guidelines set by the Louisiana Department of Education. These include the maximum number of people in a classroom to assure proper space for social

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    Pro-life leaders react to court’s pro-life ruling

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Louisiana’s abortion law holds doctor who perform abortions to a lower standard of health care than that of their peers, Danielle Van Haute, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said.

    In a 5-4 decision released June 20, the Supreme Court, in a decision that was surprising to many pro-life advocates, ruled Louisiana’s 2014 Unsafe Protection Act unconstitutional. The law would have required doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

    “It was definitely disappointing because ultimately

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    Schools planning for unusual year

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, with principals using the month of July to tweak protocols, according to Dr. Melanie Palmisano, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

    Palmisano emphasized protocols will be tailored to each school’s individual needs, but the health and safety of all students and faculty remain the top priority.

    “One size fits none,” she said. “To make one policy that would affect all 30 schools would not be useful.”

    Schools must follow guidelines set by the Louisiana

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    Statement of Racial Harmony Commission Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Over the last month, protesters and marches have become frequent occurrences in our country.
    The public, brutal killing of George Floyd by police has shaken our nation, and we mourn his death.
    The deaths of Mr. Floyd and so many other African Americans and Hispanics – Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Botham Jean, Tamar Rice and Baton Rouge’s Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016 – serve as constant reminders that in far too many cases the law is enforced differently depending upon the color of
    one’s skin.
    In the aftermath of Mr. Sterling’s death, Baton

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    Clergy abuse list updated

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following entry in the diocesan list of credible accusations of sexual abuse by clergy is hereby revised as shown below to reflect the recent receipt of additional allegations:

    Fr. George Gensler

    Dates of Abuse: Late 1970s and between 1984-1998

    Dates Reports Received:
    2/6/1994, 10/26/2018, 2/5/
    2020 and 2/7/2020

     All known or suspected sexual or other abuse of a child or vulnerable adult should be reported immediately to local law enforcement officials or to the Department of Children and Family Services at tel. (855) 452-5437.

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    Catholic Commentator wins Newspaper of the Year award

    Staff report

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic Commentator earned Newspaper of the Year in its respective division in the Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition for 2020.

    The designation for the Newspaper of the Year is based on the number of points earned in the Better Newspaper Competition for 2020, with awards being given in individual contests for first, second, and third places. The editorial contests ranged from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness.

    The Catholic Commentator also finished second in General Excellence.

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    FOOD PANTRY

    St. Alphonsus parishioners give back

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a hot, sunny, June morning cars lined up in front of the St. Alphonsus food pantry off Frenchtown Road in Greenwell Springs.  

    Loading a vehicle with food are, from left, Mark Legendre, Melba Hanks, Juanita Beard and Mike Turuett. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    FINAL CUT

    Popular  barber  retires 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A weathered red and white pole stands sentry over a fading icon, a nostalgic peak into a tradition that seems to be eroding daily.  

    Charlie Tramonte cuts the hair of longtime customer Eric Maher, during Tramonte’s final days before retiring. Tramonte, who first started cutting hair nearly 55 years

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    Coming Events

    Perpetual Help Mass

    St. Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge will celebrate the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Saturday, June 27 with a Mass at 4 p.m. Novenas will continue to be prayed before the daily 9 a.m. Mass through June 26. For more information, call 225-355-2553.

    Pro-Life Mass – A monthly pro-life Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Agnes church, 749 East Blvd., Baton Rouge.  All are invited.  For information, call 225-383-4127.

    Wedding prep going virtual

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    While many things are put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is moving forward by providing virtual retreats to help engaged couples fulfill diocesan requirements before their wedding day.

    Beginning in July the OMFL is planning to offer the Called to Love retreat for engaged couples online.

    “The retreat is part of the larger plan for marriage preparation,” said Darryl Ducote, director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life. “We felt couples

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    El miedo a la incertidumbre puede generar ansiedad durante el aislamientoj

    Por Richard Meek

    El comentarista católico

    Las órdenes de quedarse en casa y estar en cuarentena han sido una bendición para muchos, ya que finalmente han podido terminar esos proyectos domésticos, desempolvando libros parcialmente leídos y tal vez incluso fortaleciendo los lazos familiares al pasar tanto tiempo juntos. Otros, sin embargo, no han sido tan afortunados. El aislamiento ha creado ansiedad y, en muchos casos, depresión, según Darryl Ducote, director de la Oficina de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar de la Diócesis de Baton Rouge.

    “Depende de cómo interprete la orden de quedarse en casa”, dijo

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