Monthly Archives: October 2013

St. John Berchmans 8th Graders Participated in Annual Retreat

Eighth graders from St. John Berchmans School recently attended a three-day retreat at The Pines Camp located in Big Sandy, TX. The 26 students participated in a ropes course, spiritual exercises, team building sessions and other activities as part of the annual retreat for the eighth grade class. Also in attendance were SJB principal, Jo Cazes, and middle school teachers Jeremy Jinks and Meaghan Long. St. John Berchmans eighth graders have attended The Pines Camp retreat each year for over 15 years. The retreat provides spiritual and leadership skills for the students as they prepare for life in high school and beyond.

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Launches Speech/Debate Program

Jesus the Good Shepherd School is excited about their new Speech and Debate Team. Coached by Katherine High, 5th and 6th graders will participate in three middle school tournaments this year. Students will compete in Public Forum Debate, Oratorical Interpretation and Oratorical Declamation.

Our Lady of Fatima School Honored First Responders

Our Lady of Fatima School celebrated their annual Patriot Day on September 11 to honor their local first responders and to remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Pictured: Pre K-4 student Aaliyah Hayes, her mother, Jualea Hayes, and grandfather Tommy Manning.

John White Visited St. Joseph School

Superintendent John White made a stop at St. Joseph School to visit with administration, faculty and students to stress the mission of Catholic Schools in the formation and education of children. He was very proud of the quality of education within St. Joseph School.

St. Frederick High School Installed New FBLA Officers

St. Frederick High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America installed new officers on September 12, 2013. Pictured above are the newly installed officers: (Back row from left to right) President, Jefferson Manning; Treasurer, Cullen Clark; Parliamentarian, Daniel Ellender; Chaplain, J.T. Brown; and Reporter, William Barham. (Front row from left to right) Vice President, Mattie Kincannon; Secretary, Arianna Worthy; and Historian, Sachin Prem.

Sisters Celebrate Medical Center’s Centennial

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters in front of the centennial art piece, ‘Healing Hands” at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. The sisters took part in the hospital’s 100 year celebration!

Red Mass Society and Diocese Donate to Providence House

Larry Pettiette joined with Bishop Michael Duca in presenting two donations from both the Red Mass Society and the Diocese of Shreveport to support the ongoing ministry of Providence House in Shreveport, which seeks to provide a community where no family is homeless. Director of Programs Rhonda Wells thankfully accepted these two gifts at the Cotton Street location. Not pictured is Red Mass Society President John Nicholson who coordinated the honoring of Providence House this year.

Schumpert Expands Facilities and Services

CHRISTUS NLA region is progressing in the expansion of facilities and services at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, as declared in the recent strategic announcement.  At Highland, renovations are complete in the surgical suites, radiology and first floor patient rooms. The new West Annex Hospital building has been designed with groundbreaking expected in December. The new building will house a new Cancer Center, NICU, IP Rehab and expanded labor and delivery services.  In addition, the Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, as well as the Breast Center will be relocated from the Schumpert campus into a transformed building on the corner adjacent to the Highland hospital campus.

Fr. Rigo Celebrated 30 Years

The folks at the Christ the King Food Pantry had a party for Fr. Rigo Betancurts 30th anniversary of ordination and honored a couple on their 63rd wedding anniversary, which was the same day.

Diocesan Liturgical Conference

As part of the Year of Faith Speaker Series, Msgr. Richard Hilgartner  presented “A Flame Divided Yet Undimmed” as the keynote for the annual Diocesan liturgical Conference on September 20. Hilgartner discussed the progression of the liturgy traced over the past 50 years using Council documents. Msgr. Hilgartner is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Executive Director of Divine Worship.