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Deacon Brunet stayed committed during challenges

Posted June 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

Deacon Stephen Brunet said he had the call to religious life since his early youth.

Deacon Stephen Brunet is vested by his wife Danette and Deacon David Harris. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

“I was an altar boy from third – 12th grade. I am a cradle Catholic from strong, faith-filled parents. I have been active in various church ministries since I first started dating my cradle Catholic wife, Danette, in 1993,” said Deacon Brunet, who was born in Eunice and lived his early childhood years in Basile before moving to Carencro. “In

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    Deacon Corbett allows faith to blossom

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon William Corbett’s spiritual roots date to elementary school, when he served as an altar boy at an early morning Mass at St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula.

    Deacon William Corbett professes a promise of obedience to Bishop Robert W. Muench during an ordination Mass on June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral.

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    Deacon Duplantis finds a sense of peace in ordination

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is a overwhelming sense of joy in Deacon Kirk Duplantis’ voice when he describes the moment he and his wife told their children he was entering the diaconate.

    Joining hands with Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, Deacon Kirk Duplantis promises his obedience shortly before he is ordained. Photos by Richard

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    Deacon Hooper says ordination was God’s idea

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    George Hooper didn’t set out to be a deacon.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench presents the Book of the Gospels to Deacon George Hooper. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    The 77-year-old was ordained to the diaconate on June 10, but he said the idea

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    Bishop announces appointments

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed chancellor Father Paul Yi as administrator at St. Joan of Arc Church in Bayou Pigeon and Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in White Castle, effective July 1.

    Father Paul Yi

     

    Bishop Muench has also appointed Father Peter Dang as chaplain at Baton Rouge General Hospital, also effective July 1.

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    Deacon Messenger hopes to broaden spiritual horizons

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    As a lifelong Catholic, Deacon Tim Messenger had always strived to live his faith by serving others.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench welcomes Deacon Tim Messenger during the Mass of Ordination on June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    As

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    Military service led to Deacon Mooney’s ministry

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    A retired major in the United States Navy, Deacon Gary Mooney is ready for his next assignment.

    Before he is ordained, Deacon Gary Mooney kneels before Bishop Robert W. Muench to receive the laying on of hands. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Following God’s path

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon Minos Ponville, who was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Robert W. Muench June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral, grew up the oldest of six siblings and is thankful for the strong Catholic faith foundation his parents built into his life.

    Deacon Minos Ponville makes a promise of obedience and respect to Bishop Robert W. Muench and his

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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

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    Advocating for refugees

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    When arriving in Baton Rouge, Dauda Sesay and his family were strangers, being introduced to an unfamiliar world of culture, language and even as to where to live.

    That is, until familiar victual scents stirred memories of their native Sierra Leone.

    “We have a lot of fish, shrimp, crabs,” Sesay said of his native land. “The only difference is we don’t have a lot of

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    Church holds prayer service for Scalise

    By Peter Finney

    Clarion Herald

    METAIRIE – More than 150 people attended a prayer service at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie on June 14 to pray for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Scalise, his wife Jennifer and their two children are members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The Congressman from the 1st District of Louisiana was gunned down by a lone

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    Seven Deacons Ordained

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench and a large crowd at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge welcomed seven new permanent deacons during the Rite of Ordination of Deacons on June 10.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, center, ordained seven permanent deacons during The Rite of Ordination Deacons at St. Joseph Cathedral on June 10. Pictured, from left, are Deacon

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    Medical advances must be made with compassion of the heart

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Advancements in modern society must be made with the compassion of the heart as well as sharpness of mind if they are to serve humanity, according to theologian George Weigel, who spoke at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s Spring Commencement on May 22.

    George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellows of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center,

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    New archives building will preserve rich history of the diocese

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Officials from the Diocese of Baton Rouge recently broke ground for the future so as to be able to preserve the past.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench helped break ground on the new archives building, which is being constructed behind the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Retreat Center. Participating in the groundbreaking ceremonies were, from left, architect Henry Carville, contractor Bobby Sheets,

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    Homelessness helps women bond unique friendship

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Survival and friendship were what Shaleta Jones and Cynthia Causin needed most when they met at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter for Women and Children in September.

    From left, Shaleta Jones, her sons, Marvin and Donte, and Cynthia Causin became like family as they

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    Musician composes special gift for son

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Music has many properties. It can connect, transport, move and define. It’s expressive, yet simple. It’s also universal while completely personal all at the same time.

    It’s this power of music that William “Bill” Grimes, a composer, conductor, recording artist and E. & D. White Professor of Jazz Studies at LSU, finds incredibly enjoyable and one he tries to give to others.

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    Father Hallford accepts God’s invitation to priesthood

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    The question which settled Father Ryan Hallford’s discernment about pursuing a vocation to the priesthood was not whether or not to be a father, but “what kind of father do I want to be?”

    Bishop Robert W. Muench blesses the hands of Father Ryan Hallford as he ordains him to the priesthood.

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    Father Pat Broussard: ‘I am a priest’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Alone in his own reflective silence, the frenzy of his ordination subdued, Father Pat Broussard was preparing to wash clothes before attending his after party when reality struck him.

    Father Pat Broussard blesses Bishop Robert W. Muench at the conclusion of the ordination Mass celebrated May 27 at St.

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    SHEPHERDS OF THE CHURCH

    “Feed my lambs.

    Tend my sheep.

    Feed my sheep.”

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench prays during the Mass of Ordination Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 27 while Deacon Tim Grimes, Father Pat Broussard and Father Ryan Hallford lay prostrate before the bishop. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Deacon Grimes doing what God wants

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Only days before his Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacon, Timothy Grimes was excited and filled with a great sense of peace.

    In support of his newly ordained role in the church, Deacon Tim Grimes and Bishop Robert W. Muench exchange a sign of appreciation. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Sacred Heart building blends the old with the new

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    It’s easy to get wrapped up in the photos when you first enter the old CYO building behind Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge.

    Black and white photos of past CYO events in Baton Rouge honor the history of the organization while a nearby wall art, created by local artists and featuring

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    EXPANDING CHILDREN’S FUTURES

    Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge broke ground for its new early childhood center and expansion of its elementary school May 20. The project is the first phase of the master campaign for Our Lady of Mercy’s Traditions For Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Shoveling some dirt to celebrate the occasion are, from left, OLOM principal Chris Porche, campaign committee member Jeff Jenkins, pastor Father Cleo Milano, Bishop Robert W. Muench, campaign chairman Steve Nathanson, campaign committee member Roland Toups and OLOM administrator Randy Arabie.

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    Bishop celebrates annual Hurricane Mass

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench called for prayer during the hurricane season, saying Louisiana understands the destruction storms can cause.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench delviers his homily during the annual Hurricane Protection Mass on June 2 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. “We ask God to protect us,” the bishop said. Photo

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    Bishop announces pastoral changes

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed Father Michael Miceli as sacramental minister at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Tickfaw, effective July 1. Father Miceli will continue to serve as chaplain at St. Albert the Great Chapel and Student Center Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also co-chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas Diocesan Regional High School in Hammond.

    Father Michael Miceli

     

    Prior

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    From the editor

    We have received several critical letters and phone calls over the past two weeks after we published a front-page image of a sculpture referred to as Our Lady of The Gulf  by survivors of those who have been lost at sea
    in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, be they from drowning or from offshore accidents that have taken the lives of their loved ones.  We can only imagine how difficult it is for these families and friends to deal with these tragic, untimely deaths. We pray for all of them. We apologize for

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    GOOD SHEPHERDS

    Bishop celebrates ordination Mass

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    For the second consecutive year, a dual Mass of Ordination was celebrated May 27 at St. Joseph Cathedral.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench ordained Deacon Tim Grimes, Father Ryan Hallford and Father Pat Broussard during ordination ceremonies on May 27 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Pictured with Bishop Muench, from left, are Deacon Grimes, Father Hallford and

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    Refugee rises from the horrors of war to become advocate

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a rather nondescript morning in Sierra Leona, Dauda Sesay, shortly before his 17th birthday, was sent off to school along with his little sister. As was her daily ritual, their mother accompanied her children to the school bus stop.

    Dauda Sesay and his wife, Alima, are shown with their children, Adama, 8 and Alusine, 6. The couple, who are refugees from Sierra Leona, also have a 23-month-old

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    Bishop Muench announces pastoral changes

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed Father Michael Miceli as sacramental minister at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Tickfaw, effective July 1. Father Miceli will continue to serve as chaplain at St. Albert the Great Chapel and Student Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also co-chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas Diocesan Regional High School in Hammond.

    Father Michael Miceli

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    SJV community garden feeding souls as well as the needy

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    “To feed the hungry.”

    Parishioners, students and others interested in the community garden at St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge stretch out their hands in prayer as pastor Father Tom Ranzino offers a special blessing for continued growth and sustainability of the ministry. Photo by Rachele Smith | The Catholic

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    Praying the rosary offers spiritual healing, grace

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Praying the rosary is generally regarded as one of the great gifts of the Catholic faith, a source of spiritual healing, solace and an opportunity to spend time with the Blessed Mother.

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    So why can it be so difficult to pray? And how can one maintain his or her concentration for the 15

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