Bishop Duca Reflects on Our Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

by John Mark Willcox, Director of Stewardship  Incredibly this May, Bishop Michael G. Duca  will mark his first decade as the second Ordinary of the Diocese of Shreveport. During his 10 years More »


Bishop’s Reflection: Letting Go of “Mine” for the Glory of God’s Work

by Bishop Michael G. Duca Maybe the first surprise to new parents is that children are born wild – not tame. I don’t mean this in a bad sense, but our first More »


Faith Partners for Progress: Catholics Charities of North Louisiana and Society of St. Vincent de Paul

by Bonnie Martinez  The Western District Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been awarded a $5,000 systemic change grant by the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent More »


Pro-Life Events Evolving in 2018: An Interview with Bishop Michael G. Duca

by Jessica Rinaudo As the Diocese of Shreveport continues to support and champion pro-life efforts in 2018, Bishop Duca is planning to keep awareness of the issue at the forefront but now More »


Discerning a Vocation in College

by Raney Johnson, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian Some young men discover their calling to the priesthood in high school and decide to enter the seminary right after graduating from high school. However, More »


Mike’s Meditations: Courageously Ask for God’s Opinion

by Mike Van Vranken Someone recently asked me what he could do differently for Lent. I suggested he think of a moral issue about which he’s always had a definite opinion, and More »


Bishop’s January Reflection: Make Small Commitments for Big Changes

by Bishop Michael G. Duca As you receive this Catholic Connection, I suppose we are all well into our New Year’s resolutions. Changes are tricky things because we often have a strong More »


Discerning a Vocation in High School

by Raney Johnson, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian High school can be a fun but stressful time. Life can easily become consumed with classes, extracurricular activities, jobs and finding moments to spend time More »


50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

by John Parker On July 25th 1968, Pope Paul VI issued a brief but controversial document that shook the secular and ecclesial world. The document was Humanae Vitae, Of Human Life, and More »

St. Joseph School Celebrated All Saints Day

Msgr. Earl Provenza celebrated St. Joseph School’s annual All Saints Day Mass on November 1. The Kindergarten class dressed as their favorite saint and told the congregation about their saint’s life.

St. John Berchmans Students Participated in Retreat

Members of the 8th grade class at St. John Berchmans School recently participated in a three-day spiritual retreat at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX. Accompanied by school staff, clergy, and parent chaperones, the 24 students participated in a challenging ropes course and team-building exercises, took part in worship and adoration services, and interacted with missionary counselors from around the country. The Pines Camp Retreat is an annual event for St. John Berchmans students and creates a lasting bond in the class throughout their eighth grade year.

Our Lady of Fatima School Competed in Saint Election Day

Our Lady of Fatima School’s 6th grade students competed in a “Saint Election Day” on All Saints Day. Each student chose their favorite saint and campaigned for them to win OLF’s favorite saint. This year St. Francis of Assisi won the election. The purpose of the election was to learn more about the saints and to show students the importance of their vote. Pictured: Erykah Wallace campaigns for Saint Ursula.

Jesus the Good Shepherd Students Trick-or-Treat at Nursing Home

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s PreK3 and PreK4 students had a ghostly time trick-or-treating at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Monroe, LA. The students, dressed in costumes from pretty princesses to scary pirates, visited with the residents as they went door to door collecting candy. A good time was had by all!

Loyola Names Student of the Year

Bailey Monsour has been elected as Loyola College Prep’s Student of the Year. In addition to maintaining excellent grades and earning a high ACT score, Bailey has also been named as a National Merit Commended High Scorer from her PSAT scores her junior year. Bailey will go forward to represent Loyola as Student of the Year and compete against other students at the diocesan, regional and state levels.

St. Joesph School Names Student of the Year Nominees

St. Joseph School honored five 8th graders and four 5th graders in their achievements for being named the Student of the Year Nominees for 2012. One eighth grader and one fifth grader will be selected to represent St. Joseph in the state’s student of the year competition, non-public school division.

St. Fred’s Senior Selected for All-State Football

St. Frederick High School senior, Gregory Long was recently selected to the All-State Academic Football Team and was also named the SFHS recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church Held Ministry Fair

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Shreveport held their annual Ministry Fair, sponsored by the Parish Council on September 30. For the event, parish ministries, including Eucharistic Ministers, ushers and the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, set up information tables to educate church members about the various parish ministries and to recruit new members.

Sacred Heart Youth Helped Homeless

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Life Teen youth took on the “Give it Away Now! – Shelter the Homeless” project by pledging 16 service hours and collecting 235 items for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to serve the poor and needy in our community.

St. Paschal Held Rosary for Peace

The Rosary Group at St. Paschal CHURCH in West Monroe gathered to pray the rosary for peace on Oct. 13, 2012.