Category Archives: Local News

Backpack Donations at OLF

Our Lady of Fatima students were blessed with backpack donations! A special thanks to these ladies and gentlemen for all they do for the school.   •

Healy Professes OCDS

Rebecca Many Healy, OCDS, a member of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, solemnly professed her Definitive Promise as a Secular to the Discalced Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church. Rebecca’s profession brings the total of definitively professed members representing the Diocese of Shreveport to three: the other two members are Virginia Lazarus and Debbie Malarcher, both parish members of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.

ACTS Teams Up to Say “Welcome”

Louisiana Tech opened it doors on Labor Day. Each year, United Campus Ministries (UCM) serves up hamburgers in the Quad at Tech to welcome students. UCM includes ACTS (Association of Catholic Tech Students), BCM (Baptist College Ministries, ABS (Association of Baptist Students), The Wesley Foundation (United Methodist Church), Bridges International and Chi Apha (both non-denominational groups). This year ACTS, along with UCM, grilled nearly 1,000 burgers.

Sacred Heart Hosts Students

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Shreveport, assisted the Catholic School of McGill-Toolen from Mobile, AL. They were invited to play West Monroe High School in the Battle on the Border and needed a place for meals, practice, planning and Mass. Sacred Heart opened their classrooms, grounds and church for their game preparations. Fr. John Paul Crispin, FMH, celebrated Mass for the team, coaches and family. There were about 144 present.

50 Years a Knight of Peter Claver

Andrew Jones received a certificate and pin for 50 years of service in the Knights of Peter Claver. Presenting the certificate is Area Deputy Tim Ford. Grand Knight Stanley D. Roque presented his pin.

Fr. Kamau Blesses Pumpkins

It’s time for fall and pumpkins! Fr. Francis Kamau, FMH, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, recently visited and blessed Pat Gandy’s Pumpkin Farm in Many. Pat graciously undertook the project of planting pumpkins to help supply the church’s October Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.

St. Jude Members Recognized

Long time members of St. Jude Parish, Sharon Barrett and Lynn Mills, were each presented with the 2018 Servus Servorum Award at St Jude’s Annual Meeting on August 29, 2018.

Youth from Many Attended Steubenville South

Youth from St. John the Baptist Parish in Many attended the Steubenville South Conference in Alexandria, LA the weekend of June 22-24. The conference was sponsored by the Diocese of Alexandria. Shown with the group is Father Michael Thang’wa.

Celebrating Back to School at St. Paschal

St. Paschal Parish Youth (SPY) posed at the photo booth area with the prizes that they won at their back-to-school “Meet and Greet.” The theme for this year’s SPY is “Adventure Awaits” All games, decorations and prizes were focused around ADVENTURE!

Are People Seeking Your Help?

by Mike Van Vranken

Has anyone asked for your opinion or advice about his or her prayer life? Do people approach you to talk about their relationship with God? Have others sought you to help them with a major decision? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these, God may be calling you to the ministry of spiritual direction. All across our diocese, people are hungry for someone to discuss these matters with. Are you one of those who people seek out? The Archdiocese of New Orleans provides an Internship to help people discern if spiritual direction is a ministry they are being called by God to pursue.

From the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center’s brochure: In spiritual direction, a trained and certified “director walks with the directee in order to deepen awareness of God’s Presence. This desire for intimacy with the Lord creates the situation of spiritual direction. The Internship prepares the Intern to assist the directee discern the presence and movement of God in the life of the directee.

The ASC Internship incorporates a broad reflection on the ministry of spiritual direction within the context of today’s Church. Following the theology and methodology of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Internship prepares the Intern to guide others in on-going spiritual direction and directed retreats.

The honing of skills is part of the formation of a spiritual director; essential formation comes from God’s gifts, the Church’s formation, and the spiritual hunger of the Intern. When God has gifted a person with faith and discernment a training program can help that person recognize, strengthen and purify their gift of discernment.

The two-year Internship closes with a process of individual and group discernment that assists the participants to discern if they are called to the ministry of spiritual direction or to another form of faith ministry. This discernment also considers the areas of Spiritual Direction to which each intern feels called.”

Spiritual Direction Informational Meetings:

Informational meetings with more information about this Internship in Spiritual Direction will be held in our diocese on the following days and times:

Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

The Catholic Center • 3500 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.

St. Paschal Church • 711 North 7th Street, West Monroe
For more information, call or email Mike Van Vranken

318-423-4617, or