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BLESSED TO BE HOME

Posted November 23, 2018 at 1:59 am

CCDBR helps thousands of flood victims

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator 

Adam Dunn’s plans for Thanksgiving are similar to many others. 

 

Adam Dunn cooks dinner in his new home following the 2016 flood. Dunn, who is disabled, was able to purchase the FEMA trailer through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

 

By morning, the palate-energizing aroma of a turkey in the oven would fill his north Baton Rouge home. 

In addition to turkey, Dunn’s holiday feast

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    OLOL’s 95-year history a family affair

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In an era of constant change in medical and technological protocol in the health care industry, it is amazing to realize that in Baton Rouge, Catholic health care through Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has been going strong for 95 years and continues moving and growing for future generations.  

     

    The State of Louisiana purchased the old site on Capitol

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    JP2 Project inspirational for CTK students

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Sipping on a cup of coffee from the Corner Stone Café at Christ the King Church and Catholic Center BatonRouge, Rachel Haydel savored a favorite, familiar routine for many students to settle into the fall semester, chatting over a cup of java. But it was evident from the way her conversation lifted away from “the home of the Tigers” and plunged into the heart of Europe and the stomping grounds of one of the most beloved saints of this century that

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    Cristo Rey president embraces school’s unique mission

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Eric Engemann nestled into his new chair, still acclimating to his new digs.

    Teenage voices, bursting with a hope for the future perhaps for the first time in their young lives, filtered through the window of his modest office housed in a modular building.

    Six days into his new job as president of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, Engemann was comfortable, any lingering doubts he might have had regarding leaving his previous position as executive director as SportsBR erased by the warmth and acceptance he has

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    Ocho sacerdotes vinculados a Baton Rouge acusado de abusar sexualmente de menores

    Por Richard Meek

    El Comentarista Católico

    Ocho sacerdotes que han ministrado en iglesias ubicadas en la Diócesis de Baton Rouge se encuentran entre una lista de 57 miembros del clero liberados por la Arquidiócesis de Nueva Orleans que han sido acusados ​​de abusar sexualmente de un menor, lo que llevó a su expulsión del ministerio.

    Varios de los ocho sacerdotes nombrados sirvieron cuando lo que ahora es la Diócesis de Baton Rouge todavía era parte de la archidiócesis. La Diócesis se formó en 1961.

    Los sacerdotes y las Iglesias en las que servían

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    ‘Coach’ spreads hope to patients

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Pulling a red wagon packed with gift baskets and totes, Kelly Orgeron and her husband, LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron, walked slowly through the halls of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. The couple made stops at young patient’s rooms, bringing smiles, laughter and Baskets of Hope.  

    Claire Little, 3, receives a gift and surprise visit by LSU head coach Ed

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    Pray for priests through Mary

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The current clerical sex abuse scandal is a sign of how the body of Christ has been wounded in the ongoing cosmic spiritual battle, according to Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international association Foundation of Prayer for Priests.  

    Praying over Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international organization Foundation of Prayer for Priests, center, before she speaks at an Oct. 27 Magnificat

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    OBISPO DUCA CELEBRA MASA

    Como lo prometió en sus primeras palabras con los feligreses de Baton Rouge durante su instalación y con respecto a buscar un acercamiento con los hispanos, el domingo 28 de Octubre, el Obispo Michael Duca concelebró la misa en la Iglesia San Pio X con el Rev. Robert Halter, C.S.S.R., Capellán del Apostolado Hispano. El Obispo Duca se reunió con los líderes de los diferentes ministerios y otros miembros de esta multicultural comunidad.

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    BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

    Top eft photo: Father Vincent Dufresne, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Paulina; Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Gramercy; and St. Michael the Archangel in Convent, blesses the graves at St. Mary Chapel in Union on Oct. 28. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator.

    Top right Photo: Father Paul Counce, pastor of St.

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    The Mater Dolrosa saints

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    From Mary Queen of Peace to St. Padre Pio, St. Mother Teresa and St. Michael the Archangel, these favorite saints are keeping a close watch over students at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence, touching their hearts and souls. The images and their words adorn the back wall of every classroom. It’s part of a multi-phase revitalization plan by principal Cheryl Santangelo, who is in her second year at the school.  

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    Evergreen focused on faith building

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Randall Waguespack and John Acosta grinned and ribbed each other as they talked about sweating and bonding with 300 fellow volunteers on a blistering hot day Sept. 23 at St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany.  

    Among the friendships formed through Evergreen Life Services are, from left, Randall Waguespack, executive director of Evergreen; Beryl Hebert, who will be working with people with

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    Ingraham to retire as diocesan CFO

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Joe Ingraham’s 35-year financial career spanning archbishops, bishops, one archdiocese, two dioceses is taking a curtain call.  

    Joe Ingraham

     

    Ingraham, who for the past 15 years has served as the chief financial officer for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, will retire effective Nov. 30.  

    Ingraham first began working for the Catholic Church

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    Father Vavasseur dies at age 85

    Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Oct. 26 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. Father Vavasseur was born in Port Allen and attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge; St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict; Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; and, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  

    He was ordained a priest in June 1958. His pastoral assignments included Holy Family Church in Port Allen; St. John the

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    Church’s teaching on contraception ‘ahead of the world’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The Catholic Church has always been a leader in family planning and its teachings are not dated, as some critics suggest.  

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    In fact, “legitimate sciences” of the world are finally catching up thanks to St. Paul VI’s call to science in his groundbreaking encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” explained Father Todd Lloyd, pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in

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    Eight priests with ties to Baton Rouge accused of sexually abusing minors

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Eight priests who have ministered at churches located in the Diocese of Baton Rouge were among a list of 57 clergy members released by the Archdiocese of New Orleans who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor, which led to their removal from ministry.  

    Several of the eight priests named served when what is now the Diocese of Baton Rouge was still part of the archdiocese. The diocese was formed in 1961.  

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    Author inspires SJA students to help needy

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Just before the start of a guest speaker assembly Oct. 8 at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, hundreds of students scurried into the Student Activity Center to place their tattered, well-worn copies of a book on top of a table.  

    Author Laura Schroff poses with SJA students and art teacher Nicole Lane, far right, as the students display their artwork based on her book,

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    Conference to explore Humanae Vitae

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Discovering a link between science and human morality will be the focus of an upcoming symposium at St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge.

    “Science Embraces Humanae Vitae: How Current Evidence Supports Restorative Reproductive Medicine,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    St. Agnes pastor Father Charbel Jamhoury said he organized the symposium because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae and the canonization of St. Paul VI, who was canonized by Pope Francis Oct.

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    Kavanaugh’s confirmation energizes pro-life supporters

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cautious optimism filtered through the ranks of pro-life supporters after the confirmation of new Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, following a months long, and often contentious process.

    But supporters also understand that even if the majority conservative Supreme Court ultimately overturns Roe v. Wade, the battleground will simply shift to the states. Currently, 18 states provide women with a constitutional right to have an abortion.

    “If (Roe v. Wade) is overturned all of a sudden abortions will not go away,” said Rob Tasman, executive director of Louisiana Conference of Catholic

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    Reading connects inmates, children

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    From a large screen in the corner of a room, a woman, wearing make-up and neatly styled hair, sat in front of a blue paper backdrop and held up a book and read the title.  

    A smock worn by volunteers and books used in the Reading Connection were displayed during a recent presentation of the program at Catholic Charities

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    St. Theresa Avila celebrates centennial in Gonzales

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The grounds of St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales were a festive and colorful display of pop up tents and banners as the parish celebrated its history of being in the heart and heartbeat of the community for the past 100 years.

     

    Attendees at an outdoor Mass at St. Theresa Church in Gonzales celebrating its 100th anniversary pray

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    FURRY FRIEND

    Skylar MacKenzie Spencer, 4, brought her dog, Sasha, a Chiweenie, to the blessings of the pets at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge on Oct. 7. The parking lot was filled with people seeking a special blessing for their pets. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

    Net gain in 21st century evangelization

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “The digital age has come,” trumpeted Dina Dow, director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    Her nimble fingers danced across her computer keyboard during a virtual tour of FORMED.org, an online digital library for accessing thousands of Catholic faith formation videos, audios and e-books. There is also content for the Hispanic population.  

    Dow said FORMED is part of a process of bringing evangelization and

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    Benefit raises more than $33,000

    Special to The Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca joined members of Holy Family Church and School in Port Allen who had gathered for an annual fundraising event that has brought light from a moment of darkness.  

    The Ava and Jacob Saucier Memorial Benefit, now in its ninth year, raised more than $33,000 for scholarships for Holy Family School with a silent auction, raffle and jambalaya on Sept. 9.  

    Alaina Saucier

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    Cristo Rey names Engemann president

    Special to the Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School announced the appointment of Eric Engemann as president, replacing Brian Moscona, who left earlier this year to accept the principal position at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge.  

    Engemann has an extensive background in executive level, non-profit leadership, administration and development in Baton Rouge, having led SportsBR, Inc. as its president and CEO. Engemann also most recently served on the faculty of the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State

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    2018 Blue Mass Celebration

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    The men and women filling the pews at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge bowed their heads in prayer, knelt during the Eucharistic prayer and held hands while praying the Our Father. It was a typical celebration of Mass except for the attire. These men and women wore uniforms, bulletproof vests and police duty belts that carried holstered firearms, ammunition, handcuffs, flashlights and radios.  

    Members of

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    Learning Spanish through art

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    In Tweety Bachemin’s upstairs classroom at Holy Ghost School in Hammond, you’ll find paint-splattered curtains, color charts, paints and brushes and model clay.  

    Sixth-grade students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond learn Spanish and art in a new curriculum called SpARTish.  Photos by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

     

    You’ll also find the alphabet letters,

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    New CFO appointed

    Bishop Michael G. Duca has appointed Glenn Landry Jr., CPA, CDFM, CGMA as Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, effective Dec. 3.

    Landry is replacing Joe Ingraham, who is retiring after serving in the diocese for the past 15 years.

    Landry has 23 years of accounting experience, serving the past 10 years as CFO for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Louisiana

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    LIVING ROSARY

    The St. Theresa of Avila Knights of Columbus Council 2657 recently led St. Theresa of Avila Middle School students in a living rosary at the newly constructed Rosary Garden on the church grounds in Gonzales. The sixth-through eighth-grade students, known as “God’s Warriors,” gave up their recess period to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries led by the knights. They were also joined by the fifth graders.  The knights led the Apostles’ Creed and the Our Father opening prayer and Glory Be doxology closing prayer for each of the five

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    WITNESS TO HISTORY

    Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate milestone 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A smile graced the face of Sister Kathleen Babin CSJ as she stopped to look at a picture that was more than a half century old.  

    Sister Kathleen Babin CSJ looks up at a photograph of herself in the 1950s, wearing a traditional habit. She was pictured on the front porch of a former classroom

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    ‘Life is sacred at every stage’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Modern culture is one where innocent lives are extinguished daily, and where the elderly and those with disabilities are often overlooked and neglected.  

     

    Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops executive director Rob Tasman speaks during the Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent conference sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Oct. 6 at

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