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Embrace Grace: A Pro-LOVE Movement for Single and Pregnant Women

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by Kelly Phelan Powell

Amy Ford grew up in a happy, loving, church-going, Christian home. She knew abortion was wrong; she had even prayed with other believers outside abortion clinics. But when she found herself pregnant and unmarried at the age of 19, it suddenly became a very real and tempting possibility. “I know it was the enemy,” she says now. Too ashamed and afraid to face their families, she and her boyfriend decided the best way out of the trouble they were in was an abortion.

At the abortion facility, a nurse performed a sonogram in which Ford discovered she was farther along in her pregnancy than she thought she was. Having hoped she could simply “take a pill” and “make everything go away,” she was horrified to learn that a surgical abortion would be her only option. Hysterical and hyperventilating, she fainted. When she came to, she was surrounded by nurses. In a miraculous moment, something occurred that any woman who has ever visited an abortion facility will attest is not at all typical: One of the nurses told her she was clearly too distraught to make a decision that day and to go home and reschedule her appointment for an abortion. “She was an angel of a nurse,” Ford says. She and her boyfriend finally worked up the courage to tell their parents, who were understandably disappointed but supportive. The two married and now have four children. The baby who was almost aborted is now a 19-year-old young man, the same age his mother was when she nearly made a deathly tragic mistake. “I really feel like all of our kids are called to an amazing destiny in life,” she says.

Ford certainly is. Her experiences with unplanned pregnancy led her to co-found Embrace Grace, a national program for single and pregnant women. Their mission is “to inspire and equip the church to love on single and pregnant young women and their families.” With Bishop Michael Duca’s permission, Embrace Grace came to the Diocese of Shreveport in 2015. Director L’Anne Sciba explained that Mary’s House Pregnancy Care Center at 906 Margaret Place in Shreveport (a block away from the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans) holds the program twice per year. Each program is 12 weeks long, or a “semester,” with the first 10 weeks focusing on basic Christian principles and encouraging the women to share life-giving fellowship through prayer, activities and crafts. In the 11th week, volunteers celebrate the mothers-to-be with a baby shower where they can invite family and friends. Week 12 includes a Special Event Day. Currently, there are three women enrolled in Embrace Grace, which is in its third semester.

This year’s Embrace Grace baby shower is taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Parish Hall. Like all showers, it hopes to furnish the new mothers with the items they will need to care for a newborn, but more importantly, it demonstrates to the women that the Body of Christ accepts them, loves them and celebrates them and their babies. “We would like as many ladies as possible to attend the shower,” Sciba said. “Gifts are really nice, but when complete strangers show up to attend a shower for your baby, it changes hearts and fills them up with God’s love.” If anyone is interested in bringing a gift or participating in upcoming showers, email L’Anne Sciba at maryshouse.sport@gmail.com or call (318) 220-8009.

Expectant mothers generally learn about Embrace Grace and Mary’s House online or through church members reaching out to women who are single and pregnant. Mary’s House invites every woman who visits to join an Embrace Grace group either there or at one of the other three groups in the Shreveport-Bossier area. In addition to addressing women’s spiritual needs, Mary’s House also offers free and confidential pregnancy testing (including Pregnancy Verification in order to receive medical care and other social services), ultrasounds and counseling services. Ford said, “The most common response from the girls who try Embrace Grace for the first time is, ‘I thought I was coming here to learn about where I screwed up and go over everything I’ve done wrong.’ But the good news is that they quickly find out how wrong they were. They are quickly overcome by the love and grace of Jesus…the pro-life movement saves babies, but the pro-love movement saves the babies and the mommies.”

Saving love can’t come too soon for Shreveport and the world. An abortion facility in Bossier City closed in April, but there is still one operating in Shreveport (in addition to one in Baton Rouge and one in New Orleans, for a total of three in the State of Louisiana). Louisiana Right to Life Federation (prolifelouisiana.org) reports, “There were 8,972 abortions performed in Louisiana in 2016, down from 9,362 abortions reported in 2015 and 10,211 abortions reported in 2014. The number of abortions performed in the state had increased steadily from 2008-2014 as population numbers returned to pre-Katrina levels… Even with numbers going down, on average, 25 abortions per day were performed in Louisiana.” The website notes that these statistics are from the Louisiana Department of Health and do not factor in the number of women who sought abortions outside the state. On the positive side, these same statistics indicate that the number of abortions performed fell by 14 percent from 2014-2016, meaning that more than three babies were saved per day last year. Pro-life efforts are clearly making an impact, but they must continue stronger than ever.


“I heard today that Mother Teresa picked up 90,000 poor people herself, one person at a time,” said Sciba. “That doesn’t count her 4,000 Sisters of Charity across the world. Mary’s House and Embrace Grace are impacting North Louisiana one woman and baby – unless it’s twins! – at a time. It makes a big difference to that woman and child!” Anyone who wishes to make a difference through Embrace Grace and Mary’s House should email maryshouse.sport@gmail.com. “[We] always welcome donations of money and time,” Sciba said. Women in the diocese are welcome and encouraged to attend the Oct. 22 baby shower as well.

“We believe that the church should be the first place girls should run to during an unplanned pregnancy instead of the last because of shame and guilt,” said Ford. That’s exactly what Sciba and her fellow volunteers aim to do. She said, “In time, with God’s grace and by His providence, Mary’s House and Embrace Grace will have made a positive impact on North Louisiana.”

Celebrating the100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

Crowd looks at "the Miracle of the Sun" during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions on October 13, 1917.

by Nancy Pierron

Three children, Lucia Ferreira, and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, first saw the vision of a beautiful lady on May 13, 1917. The lady told them to do penance and make sacrifices, to say the rosary every day and this would help save sinners. Mary also asked Lucia to learn to read and write so she could tell the world about Mary and her Immaculate Heart.
The people of the surrounding area, and even Lucia’s mother, were not happy about the stories the children were telling about the lady. They did not believe the children. Lucia was ridiculed and beaten because of her stories about Mary.

In July 1917, the lady revealed three secrets to the children. Lucia revealed two of the secrets in 1938. They concerned Mary asking for reparation, first Saturday devotions and the consecration of Russia. In January of that year, a huge aurora borealis appeared over Europe and a very bright beam of light was seen. The third secret was revealed in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. It was a vision of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

As many as 70,000 people were present for the sixth and last apparition. On October 13, 1917, the sun appeared to rotate and change its coloration, then fall to the earth. This was called the miracle of the sun – a miracle that Lucia had promised would happen on the day of the apparition. At that time, the lady identified herself as “Our Lady of the Rosary.”
Lucia became a Discalced Carmelite nun in 1949. She returned to Fatima during all four papal pilgrimages. In February 2017, Sr. Lucia was granted the title “servant of God,” the first step toward canonization.

In February 1952, a fundraiser was started to establish Our Lady of Fatima Church in Monroe. Bishop Charles P. Greco donated the property for the church and school. Many came together to raise funds and work to complete the school building and gymnasium. A rectory and convent were prepared from two barracks buildings to house Fr. George Martinez and three Franciscan sisters.

The school began in 1953 with about 60 students in grades one through four. Later, a new wing was added to house fifth through eighth grades. The new church was completed in February 1959. A new rectory and convent were later built. Fr. Martinez and a determined group of parishioners were responsible for the success of the fledgling parish. Now, nearly 60 years later, the parish is still fueled by devoted parishioners.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish invites you to attend the celebration Mass of the 100th anniversary of the sixth and final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. It will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, located at 3205 Concordia Street, Monroe on October 11. There will be a meal following Mass. All are welcome! 

Knights of Columbus Silver Rose Coming to Bossier City

Prayer Service for Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose

Christ the King Parish
October 28
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
between Masses

For 57 years, the Knights of Columbus have honored Our Lady of Guadalupe by carrying silver roses across all of North America. In each location the rose stops, the culture of life is promoted, thus the program is called  “One Life, One Rose.” Every stop along the route of the Silver Rose Pilgrimage is an occasion for prayer and spiritual renewal centered on the rosary. This year, the rose will stop in Bossier City. Knights of Columbus and members of the community will escort the rose to Christ the King Parish for a prayer service on October 28. Please join them for this special occasion.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Friends of the Poor Walk

• The FOP® Walk/Run began in 2008 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, one of the oldest and most effective charitable organizations in the world.

• Funds raised are applied to a wide range of assistance for the needy and those living in poverty, including: housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine.

• Each community’s Walk is organized and run by its own SVdP Conference or Council.

• Last year, our local Shreveport-Bossier Walk raised over $1,000 which was used to help those in need in Shreveport/Bossier City. Since the Walk began in 2008, more than $17 million has been raised.

• Walkers are encouraged to make a personal monetary donation and collect pledges from supporters.

• The website (www.fopwalk.org) offers more details, including all of the participating Walk locations that are currently registered across the United States.

Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Walk Location: Arthur Ray Teague Parkway (Bossier City) Main pavillion right next to the boat launch, just south of the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge.

Contact Brian Burgess
Phone: 318-746-1299
Mobile: 318-780-7755
E-mail: baburgess@gmail.com

World Mission Sunday Collection

by Fr. Rothell Price

Collection Dates: October 21 & 22
Announcement Dates: October 8 & 15

Mercy Changes the World / La Misericordia Cambia al Mundo!

This is the chosen theme for World Mission Sunday this year. This theme reminds me of a popular movement and slogan from the 1960’s and early 70’s: “Love makes the world go round.”  World Mission Sunday celebrates the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbors half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices. World Mission Sunday is celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of October. As I write this article, we have reached out to our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Harvey and will continue to serve them throughout their recovery. We are poised to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters who are experiencing the ravaging effects of Hurricane Irma. We are often told, and it’s worth remembering, that God does not put on our shoulders more than we can stand.

Our dear universal pastor, Pope Francis reminds us that “World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, ‘the very first and greatest evangelizer’ (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away.” Our Holy Father invites our participation in this collection.  It is our tangible way of gathering around Jesus and uniting ourselves to His mission. Our offering, our donation, our sacrifice, unites us to the Lord, and through Him to our brothers and sisters in their time of need. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind and to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4: 18 & 19)

Pope Francis reminds us that we are continually sent forth to proclaim the Gospel. Our response to God and His children in need is never “once and done.” Jesus tells us, “The poor you will have with you always.” Every day, every week, every month, every year, we will have golden opportunities to minister to the Lord in the least of His brothers and sisters. How good it is to know that whatever we do for people in need, we are in all actuality doing for Jesus. Mercy changes the world. La misericordia cambia al mundo.  His love and mercy changed our world. Our love and mercy, united to His, will do the same and more. That is His assurance to us, His disciples today.

Thank you for supporting this year’s World Mission Sunday Collection. Here is what the Holy Father will do with your donation: grow crops; educate catechists; feed, house and protect children; construct churches, schools, clinics and orphanages; educate children and women; feed the hungry; provide healthcare to the most vulnerable; advance human rights; support vocations to the religious life and priesthood; provide water; empower women; and above all, proclaim Jesus Christ to all the nations. That’s a lot of bang for your dollar, or two, or more. Help our Lord Jesus Christ and his vicar, Pope Francis, change the world with your divinely inspired mercy. Please give generously to the World Mission Sunday Collection.

4th Annual Multicultural Rosary

St. Joseph Parish, Shreveport
204 Patton Ave., Shreveport  • 318-865-3581
Sunday, October 8 •  2:00pm

One decade of the Rosary will be prayed in each of the following languages: Italian (Sr. AnnaMaria Iannetti), Gaeilige (Kim Long), Tagalog (Emee Reynier), French (Normand Roy) and Malayalam (Sr. Suny Augustine).  The first half of each prayer will be said in foreign languages and all responses will be in English.

We invite all our Christian brothers and sisters to participate. Please join us for this glorious event!

New Christian Service Facility to Have September Grand Opening

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by Jane Snyder

The new Christian Service facility on Levy Street will have its grand opening on Wednesday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. Please join Bishop Michael Duca and Mayor Ollie Tyler for this long awaited event.

In 1970, Fr. Murray Clayton brought Sr. Margaret McCaffrey to Shreveport. She rented an apartment in “The Bottoms” behind First United Methodist Church and realized that children were going to school hungry. Her mission to feed these children was the beginning of Christian Service.

Sr. Margaret grew the ministry through the 70s, 80s and 90s to serve those in our community who were living on the margins of our society, needing many different services. She fed thousands at the Hospitality House, provided clothing and emergency assistance, housed people recently released from prison, and housed women with children, repaired toys to give to children at Christmas, served volunteers at the Poor Man’s Supper and initiated the Christian Service Telethon.

Many think that Christian Service died when Sr. Margaret died in 1998, but that is not true. Fr. Andre McGrath, OFM, with the help of the Friars of St. John the Baptist, brought Brother Giovanni Reid to Shreveport in 1999, and since then the ministry has continued to serve 200 meals a day and provide clothing to many each month.

In 2013, Hope Connections, a collaboration of non-profits on Levy Street, whose goal is to end homelessness, asked Christian Service to become the food and clothing part of this amazing partnership. They offered to give Christian Service a 10,000 square foot building on their campus.

The Christian Service Board spent a year evaluating their ministry and chose to move forward taking the food, clothing and emergency assistance services to the new location.

In May of 2013, Christian Service hired Al Moore to be the new executive director and to take them through the process of fundraising and building the new facility.

The core mission of feeding the hungry has not changed, but the location to carry out the mission is changing. There is a need to address greater and greater numbers of people who are not only hungry, but homeless or on the brink of being homeless. Christian Service is moving to meet those needs.

Following 18 months of fundraising to renovate the 10,000 square foot warehouse, through the generous donations of many foundations and individuals, the groundbreaking for the new facility was held in September 2016.

The board of Christian Service looks forward to serving more clients at their new location.

They also hope to provide opportunities for more volunteers to be a part of the food and clothing ministries.

The board hopes that you will join them on September 27 at the new home of Christian Service at 2350 Levy Street in Shreveport at 1:00 p.m. to introduce this exciting new facility to the community.

Christian Service aims to help fulfill the request in Matthew 25 35:40, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Encounter Jesus 3: Diocesan Youth Event Coming to Loyola

by Jessica Rinaudo

Encounter Jesus 3, the annual diocesan-wide youth event, will be held on Saturday, September 16 at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport! This annual gathering of high school and middle school youth and their adult leaders aims to kick off the school year the right way: with time to encounter Jesus and celebrate the gifts that young people are to the Church and the world.

This year’s event headliner is Doug Tooke, a national speaker who combines stories, humor and small group discussions to engage young Catholics in their faith. Encounter Jesus 3 will be an experience rich environment! Youth will encounter Jesus through a variety of means and opportunities on this day including scripture, prayer, sacraments, taking their faith into extracurricular activities, talking about family, relationships and evangelizing, as well as through games and time to talk and interact with Bishop Michael Duca.

“As our young Catholics begin their school year and their minds become occupied with school work, their friends and all the extracurricular activities that fill their lives, it is important to take time to refocus on Jesus and his place in our lives,” said Bishop Michael Duca. “Encounter Jesus 3 will help our young people to see Jesus’ work in their lives and give them the tools they need to overcome the challenges and obstacles they will face as they continue to grow and interact with the people in the world around them.”

Some of the breakout sessions for this year’s event include: “Taking Our Faith into Our Extracurricular Activities” with Father Rothell Price; “Relationships” with separate meetings for girls and boys with Roxanne and Matthew Chumley; Father Matthew Long’s conversion story and “Bonding with Bishop.” There will also be group games, time to see Loyola College Prep and meet the students who attend the school.

“Encounter Jesus is an opportunity for Catholics to come together and be with other Catholics their age,” said Interim Youth Director, Randy Tiller. “In a mission diocese, our youth can sometimes find it hard to connect with other Catholics. Coming together in this way not only gives our youth the opportunity to share in faith together, but it bolsters their confidence in living their Catholic faith.”

There will be separate tracks for high school and middle school youth appropriate to their age and development levels.  Both age groups will share in opening prayer, keynote talks, music and Mass with Bishop Duca together.

Here’s What You Need to Know

WHO?
Middle School Students
High School Students
Youth Leaders
(Separate Breakouts for Each Age Group)

WHERE & WHEN?
Loyola College Prep, Shreveport
September 16
Registration starts at 8:30AM

REGISTER?
Contact your church’s youth minister, visit
www.dioshpt.org, or email Erin LeBrocq stpiusX_youthgroup@yahoo.com

Catechetical Fairs: Family, The Missing Piece of Catechesis

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by Shelly Bole, Director of Catechesis

Saturday August 26, 9am-1pm, Catholic Center, Shreveport
Sunday August 27, 1:30pm-5:30pm  St. Paschal, West Monroe
Register Online at: www.dioshpt.org/ministries/catechesis

The 2017 Catechetical Fairs this year will focus on engaging families and parents in the faith formation of their children. Dr. Joseph White, sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor, will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. White will discuss some of the obstacles families face today as well as five ways in which catechists can involve parents in the formation of their child. Pope Francis reminds us that “families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity.”  (Amoris Laetitia #7)

This event is not only for catechists/parents of school-aged children, but for those who work with adults as well. When we think of “family,” our minds tend to go immediately to the picture of parents and children. Family is so much bigger than that. Family includes those non-biological children and adults in our lives who hold very special places, and our church family.

Remember the saying, “It takes a village?”  The Catholic Church believes the parish/church is that village and that we all share responsibility in encouraging the faith in our young as well as each other.  Please join us as we embark on this important conversation.
Books from specific publishers will be available for purchase and/or preview.

For more information, visit http://www.dioshpt.org/ministries/catechesis/  

Catechetical Fair Includes Session for Parents/Catechists for Persons with Special Needs

Recently, I was visiting with some parents who have children with special needs which either limited or prohibited their participation in traditional PSR/Faith Formation and sometimes the Sacraments.  I shared with them some of the initiatives publishers have taken to assist catechists and parents in forming persons with special needs or disabilities. They had no idea these resources were available, and I had no idea that they weren’t aware of them!  These two moms, Renita Scott and Wendy McDearmont, decided the three of us were going to do something about this huge void in our church ministries.

Our first initiative is to invite parents of and catechists for special needs children/teens to the Catechetical Fairs.  Following the theme of the Fairs: “Families, the Missing Piece in Catechesis,” we will be offering a special breakout session for parents and catechists, presenting the different resources/initiatives that are now available and how to use them both in faith formation settings and at home.

If you are a parent of a special needs child/teen or know someone who desires their special child to know Jesus, please join us at the Catechetical Fairs.  You may register at  http://www.dioshpt.org/ministries/catechesis/  or contact Shelly Bole at 318-219-7302, sbole@dioshpt.org.  All are welcome: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, spiritual companions, Catholic and non-Catholic. Pre-registration is required.  $15 registration fee.

Fidel Mondragon’s Ordination

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by Jessica Rinaudo

Before Fidel Mondragon landed in the Diocese of Shreveport, he spent many years in various seminaries, countries and a religious order, discerning the vocation God had planned for his life. After being a seminarian for the Diocese of Dallas, which downsized their foreign vocations, Fidel returned to Mexico before becoming a seminarian for the Diocese of Shreveport. That was two years ago.

And Fidel has made the most out of his two years as a seminarian for our diocese. He first went to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans where he took review classes on the sacraments and history of the Church, as well as English as a Second Language. He relished this time both for improving his English and for getting to know his brother seminarians of our diocese. Of them Fidel said,  “I got to know them, because once a month we would have dinner together – we would talk about how things were going.”

After finishing his seminary classes in May of last year, Fidel moved to Mansfield, where he assisted Fr. Matthew Long in parish life.
“When I arrived in Mansfield, I got involved with the community,” said Fidel. “I helped the Hispanic and Anglo communities… I started a new program – Christian Formation for Adults and Bible classes with Hispanics on Tuesdays. I visited people, I prayed the rosary with them. I helped Fr. Matthew with the Masses.”

During this time he also taught adult formation classes and assisted with retreats at St. Mary of the Pines in Shreveport, and Christ the King in Bossier City. His formation classes expanded to St. Thomas Aquinas in Ruston and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Farmerville, allowing Fidel to become acquainted with people across the diocese.

It was during this time that Fidel organized a Year of Mercy event for the Hispanic community.

“Rosalba Quiroz [Hispanic Ministry Director] asked me to organize the visit to the Holy Door with the Hispanic Community because it was the Year of Mercy. We invited all of the diocese. … We organized a Stations of the Cross and did them in the Cathedral. After that, we explained the Year of Mercy, the meaning of mercy and why Pope Francis convoked the Year of Mercy. Then we had a holy hour with Fr. Rigo Betancurt, Fr. Al Jost and Fr. Blane O’Neill.  Bishop Duca was there, too,” said Fidel.

On December 10, 2016, Fidel was ordained to the transitional diaconate at St. Mary of the Pines, and a month later Bishop Duca assigned him to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, also serving St. Mary of the Pines two days a week. He still continues in this assignment.

“In the Cathedral I help with the everyday Mass and I have helped two times with the homily in English,” said Fidel “I help with the funerals, with the school Masses.”

After two years, Fidel has adjusted from life in Mexico to life in north Louisiana, and embraces his vocation here with open arms. The people and clergy, in turn, have welcomed him warmly.

“I am so grateful for Bishop Duca and all the priests here. They are very kind to me and welcome me. They tell me, ‘Fidel you are welcome. We are very glad to have you.’ They encourage me,” said Fidel.

“I feel comfortable here, I feel welcome in both communities. The Spanish community, ok they love you, but the Anglo community is very warm and they receive me,” added Fidel.

“I want to be part of this diocese, to consecrate my life as a priest,” he said.

And after so many years of discerning and traveling, Fidel is excited to finally be approaching his ordination to the priesthood and his ministry as a Catholic priest.

“I look forward to helping the people. I want to be the person who can manifest this mercy of God, this love of God and help the people be close to Christ. Because I talk with the people… they need somebody to hear them. I know my priest ordination is close, but this is when my work will begin,” said Fidel.
He added, “I remember my instructors in the seminary said, ‘This is not your goal to be a priest. The goal is first, your salvation.’ Following this vocation, I want to be with God, but I want many people, through me to be saved, too. They will hear the Word of God. I can give the Body of Christ. I can forgive sins, it is not me, but I can be this instrument. … This is what I want most for the people: to be this instrument to manifest the mercy of God, the love of God and drive them to Christ.”

As he reflected back on his long journey to the priesthood, Fidel shared stories of his time in seminary. One in particular reflected his vocational path.
“Sometimes when I was walking in the seminary, I would say, ‘I have this class and it is very difficult. And I will have a presentation tomorrow and the priest, he is tough.’ But I did my presentation, and when I finished I felt very good. I said, ‘This is not me on my own. Many people are praying for me, for my vocation. My family, my friends, the people around the world are praying for the seminarians, for the priests. … And after this difficult presentation I went to the chapel and I said, ‘Thank you God. For you are behind me, you sustain me. And I want to continue – because if you continue calling me, I want to continue answering you.’”

Fidel’s ordination to the priesthood will be Saturday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Bishop Michael Duca will ordain Fidel as a priest for the Diocese of Shreveport. All members of the faithful are encouraged to attend.

“As a diocese, we are fortunate that Fidel’s journey has brought him to us so that he can serve the wonderful people of our region,” said Bishop Duca.  “I am anxious for our local Church to benefit from his ministry as an ordained priest and I believe he has so much to offer to our entire faith community.”