Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,    

One of the pillars of our priestly life is growing in our priestly ministry skills and in our self-awareness as called by God to priesthood. Our diocese has a long-standing tradition of offering a Clergy Fall Retreat in October mandatory every other year, as well as the mandatory Annual Priests’ Formation Days in January. The Clergy Fall Retreat is mandatory this year and will be held on October 7-10.    

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Their temporary absence will affect certain regular pastoral ministries. In particular, the schedule of weekday Masses and possible times for funeral Masses may be impacted and adjusted in your parish to meet a family’s needs. Please be patient and if possible flexible on scheduling of a funeral Mass to allow your pastor to complete his days of retreat. Remember the deacons of your parish are able to provide a pastoral presence and can be scheduled for the vigil wake service.