Monthly Archives: July 2017

In Review: Trusting the Detours: A Spiritual Guide for College Students

Trusting the Detours: A Spiritual Guide for College Students
by “Bettye” & edited by Julie Doolin
reviewed by Jessica Rinaudo

Trusting the Detours is a spiritual guide for college students, especially for students walking onto college campuses for the first time, though the knowledge and wisdom imparted on its pages are easily applicable to any person pursuing higher education. Written by Shreveport native and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parishioner “Bettye” and edited by Julie Doolin, this book contains weekly reflections on challenges college students face and offers ways to overcome those struggles through the help and guidance of God, Jesus and the scriptures.

Bettye, as stated in the book’s introduction, is a 72-year-old woman who survived stage IV breast cancer and has inspired people in every part of her life with her tremendous faith and sage wisdom. In this book, she imparts that wisdom to the college-aged generation.

There are 15 chapters – one for each week of a typical college semester. In each chapter is a reflection; an action step the student can focus on that week; a “Bettyism,” which is a bit of wisdom; and a scripture for further reflection. Also in each chapter is a space to write notes and personal reflections. As the introduction says, “Get out your highlighter and your pen. This book is designed for you to take notes and to write down your own thoughts about what any given meditations may mean for you.”

Each chapter is written succinctly, ideal for the busy college student, but Bettye is clear in her writings and suggestions.

And Trusting the Detours is indeed chocked full of sound advice and wisdom. There are chapters on establishing and finding good friends, speaking positively and believing in oneself and abilities. It also addresses tougher topics like facing pressures and temptations to disrespect the body with substances and sex. Other chapters focus purely on enhancing spirituality and relationships with God.

Great thought and care was put into the design of the book – from it’s smaller size that slides easily into a backpack, to the spiral binding that makes it easy to keep open and turn to sections again and again. And at the end of the book are several pages for more notes and reflections.

Trusting the Detours is a great spiritual reference for students, and really any person embarking on some great change in their life. It’s the perfect gift for a high school graduate taking the first steps towards a college degree. Bettye may be 72, but her words are ageless.

As Bettye writes, “Lord I seek your guidance. But, I understand that my path won’t always be without challenges. Help me to trust you through the detours – knowing that you have my best interest and your honor at heart.”

Note: To view the story behind Trusting the Detours, visit the Bright Corner Inspiration Facebook page, or the Bright Corner Inspiration YouTube channel.  “Bettye’s Story” is the name of the video.

Editor Julie Doolin loves to speak and share Bettye’s story of faith and perseverance. She can be reached at  

Trusting the Detours is available for purchase at St. Paul’s Gift Shop, Village Washstand, and at the Anderson Building of Loyola College Prep.  The book is also available online at You can borrow  this book at the Slattery Library inside the Catholic Center in Shreveport.

Fr. Tim Celebrated 25 Years

Father Tim Hurd celebrated his 25th anniversary to the priesthood on June 27 at St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle.

Fr. Andre McGrath Celebrated 50 Years

F r. Andre McGrath’s 50th anniversary to the priesthood was celebrated at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. On June 11. Bishop Michael Duca con-celebrated the Mass. In attendance were the 3rd and 4th Degrees of the Knights of Peter Claver (KPC), and the 3rd and 4th Degrees of KPC Ladies Auxiliary.

McElwee Chosen for LEAD Program

Makenna McElwee of St. John the Baptist was one of 20 teens accepted into the Steubenville South Franciscan LEAD, a week long retreat that is held prior to the Steubenville Conference. LEAD (Leadership, Evangelization, and Discipleship) is geared toward teens who have acknowledged an eagerness to lead within their own parish. Throughout the week, youth were immersed in Christ-centered, sacrament-filled Catholic teachings that helped them step up to the next level of leadership inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi.

Sr. Martinette Wins Volunteer Award

Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS, was honored as the Azalea Estates Community Volunteer of the Year 2017. She is pictured with Lorrie Nunley, Azalea Estates Executive Director, and Carl Bigner, past winner, Tori Self, Assistant E.D., and Bishop Michael Duca.

Deacons Become First Degree Knights

On May 4, Deacons Jack Lynch and Mike Whitehead became first degree knights in the Knights of Columbus, Council 9260, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Shreveport.  The mission of the Council is strong, visible parish leadership in building the domestic church.

Youth Updated Marian Garden at St. Pius X Parish

In May, to honor Mother Mary and in gratitude to the parishioners of St. Pius X for their continued love and support, the SPX Youth Group revamped their Mary Prayer Garden. Youth project leaders, Jack and Jessica designed the layout and chose the plants. Other youth members, Andrew, Bre and Cheyenne joined them with support and hard work making the vision into a reality. Everyone did an amazing job!

St. Jude Completed First Home Mission

Knowing every community near and far has needs, St. Jude Parish decided to do missionary work in their own backyard. Many youth and young adults, as well as numerous parishioners, volunteered as the support team. Several of the missionaries stated that the real impact was on their lives. By delving into the community they were able to see needs great and small that surround them every day.

Steubenville South

Youth members from Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish attended Steubenville South in Alexandria, LA.

ULM Students Provide Music at Mass

Members of the ULM Catholic Campus Ministry student band provide music for Mass several times a month throughout the school year. Rehearsals will begin with the new school year in September and all musicians and singers are invited to join them.