Bishop’s Reflection: Make Your Daily Routine Positive

by Bishop Michael G. Duca We finally made it to ORDINARY TIME. We all track our lives in many ways, but for me as a bishop, I track my life by the More »


Ordination of Father Duane Trombetta to the Priesthood

by Jessica Rinaudo An ordination to the priesthood is the crowning moment of years of hard work, study and discernment by the seminarian. And on June 9, at the 10:00 a.m. Mass More »


Roaming Catholic: Mass and Vacation

by Stephanie Feducia Stanley I am a roaming Catholic. Most people think of “roaming Catholics” with a smirk, meaning someone who is Catholic and attends Mass regularly, but who does not belong More »


Diocese of Shreveport Welcomes New Chancellor

Randy Tiller was appointed the Director of Mission Effectiveness for the Diocese in Shreveport in 2006. Effective April 1, 2018, Tiller was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Shreveport, by Bishop Michael More »


Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

by Sister Martinette Rivers, OLS, Spiritual Director As Spiritual Directors in the Diocese of Shreveport, how do we reveal the “Jesuit DNA” to our directees? Would St. Ignatius approve of the way More »


Sr. Heather Sikes Makes First Profession

a Q&A with Sister Heather Sister Heather Sikes, OLS made her first profession of vows as a Sister of Our Lady of Sorrows on Saturday, June 9, at the 4:00 p.m. Mass More »


Preparing for June Ordinations: Q&A with the Candidates

KEVIN MUES What are you most looking forward to about being ordained to the Transitional Diaconate? The transitional diaconate is a period of about a year. A man is ordained to the More »


Grant Brings Money School to Rural Community

by Lucy Medvec Catholic Charities of North Louisiana (CCNLA) recently took its financial education class, The Money School, on the road to Ringgold and it was all made possible by a grant More »


St. John Berchmans School Reigns as 10 Time Science Olympiad State Champions!

by Mary Simpson The St. John Berchmans Science Olympiad team won the State Science Olympiad competition held in Hammond, LA in March of this year – in fact, they have won it More »

Immaculee and Fr. Ubald Led Forgiveness Event

Prayer was led by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, survivors of the Rwandan genocide, during an event February 22-24 at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. The event, entitled “Extreme Forgiveness,” brought together people from across the diocese and nation to the Cathedral to hear the stories of these inspiring people and learn more about healing through forgiveness.

St. Francis Medical Center Welcomes Sr. Arceneaux

St. Francis Medical Center held a reception on January 10 to welcome Sr. Barbara Arceneaux, OSF, back to St. Francis from Baton Rouge. Sr. Barbara is a graduate of the nursing program at ULM and previously worked in nursing services at St. Francis. She has a Master’s degree in administration from Notre Dame University and is certified in Pastoral Care Teaching with a special interest in working with the elderly. She most recently served as Assistant Administrator in charge of Mission and Pastoral Services in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Senior Service Division at St. Clare Manor in Baton Rouge. Pictured: front row Sr. Barbara Arceneaux, Sr. Mary Ann Sepulvado, Sr. Mazgiya Ageto; (back row) Sr. Kathleen Cain.

Sacred Heart Children Visited Nursing Home

Students from the PSR program at Sacred Heart Church in Oak Grove visited and gave cards to residents of Carroll Nursing Home in December.

First Confession at St. Jude

“Forgive me Father for I have sinned, this is my first confession.” Forty-four of Jesus Christ’s beautiful children received the “GIFT” of Reconciliation at St. Jude Church in Bossier City. Our First Communion Reconciliation Retreat was blessed by Fr. Pike Thomas, Fr. John Bosco, Fr. Michael Thang’wa and Catechist Debra Leon.

Black History Celebration at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Shreveport held a Black History Month Celebration on February 22. This Black History Month Celebration honored Sr. Thea Bowman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. Our guest speaker was Fr. Maurice J. Nutt from Chicago, IL (third from left).  He shared with all how he came to know Sr. Thea, his teacher and dear friend. She fought for the Black Catholic identity in the Catholic churches and also justice for everyone.

Barksdale Chapel Confirmed Seven

Most Reverend Neal Buckon, the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, was at Holy Family Community at Barksdale Air Force Chapel on February 7 to confirm five candidates: Annika Tichenor, Isabella Calderon, Maria Mazaniegoes, Brandon Rayburn and Guillermo Gonzales, III. The forth degree Knights of Columbus acted as honor guards during the service. Joining in the celebration of Mass with  Bishop Neil Buckon, was Fr. Van Dinh, Msgr. Gerald McManus and Deacon Burton Ainsworth. Over 90 attended this special Mass and dinner reception following at the Chapel Annex. William Straessley and the Barksdale Catholic Choir provided the music for the service.

Bossier Food Pantry Provides Great Support to Community

The Christ the King / St. Jude / Mary, Queen of Peace Food Pantry distributed 5,109 bags of food in 2012. At $45 per bag, the total value was $229,905. We assisted a total of 11,396 individuals including 5,290 adults, 4,204 children, 1,902 seniors and 78 homeless. There are 39 volunteers working at the pantry in two rooms at the closed Christ the King School located at 1000 Ogilvie St. in Bossier City. There are 11 Knights of Columbus from Bossier Council 48873 who volunteer to work the two shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also help unload the delivery truck from the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank on the third Thursday of each month. Thank you for all your hard work!

Youth at OLF led Stations of the Cross

The youth group from Our Lady of Fatima Church recently led the weekly Lenten Stations of the Cross at the parish on February 22. The youth served as the crucifer, candle bearers, and readers.

Lenten Revival at Little Flower

Fr. Chester Smith, SVD, from Indianapolis, delivered a spirit-filled Lenten Revival at Little Flower of Jesus Church in Monroe February 26-28.

OLBS Church Held Contest

On February 24 Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church had a Best Dressed Contest. The winner was Leroy Wesley. Pictured left to right: Joseph Levy, Cecile M. Lorence, Kharmen Davis, Leroy Wesley, Shelique Woodard and Tim Ford.