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 »


St. Joseph Seminary Youth Events

by Kelby Tingle, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian Throughout the course of the academic year, there are many exciting events that take place within the seminary community at St. Joseph Seminary College. The More »


Navigating the Faith: Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church New Feast Day

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree signed by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect, on March 3, 2018, announcing that More »


Domestic Church: Finding the Divine Plan in Grief

by Katie Sciba I lost my dad in the fall of 2013. After dodging more adventurous deaths in his youth, he met his match in cancer. He fought for two-and-a-half years before More »


Faithful Food: Summer Recipes for Life

by Kim Long Birthdays when I was a child were a Real. Big. Deal. What exactly do I mean when I say that? My birthday, which falls in the later part of More »


Catholic Charities: North Louisiana’s Good Samaritan

by Lucy Medvec Who will you help today? In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we are called by Jesus to go forth and treat our neighbors with mercy, even those we More »


Bishop’s Reflection: Live in a Way That Embraces Eternal Life

by Bishop Michael G. Duca For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the More »

St. Fred Highschoolers Talk to Younger Students

St. Frederick High School athletes talked to Jesus the Good Shepherd students about the Catholic relationship between the two schools. These SFHS students are excited to be Warriors and look forward to JGS students becoming fellow students.

Jesus Good Shepherd Names Student of the Year

Jesus the Good Shepherd School is so proud of our Student of the Year Ethan Lancaster, son of Terri and Hunter Lancaster, and we wish him well as he represents our school during the District Competition this spring! This is quite an accomplishment as he met or exceeded the long list of requirements for Student of the Year.

Nifty 50′s at St. Joseph School

St. Joseph School K-4 students participated in “Nifty 50’s” day where they learned about what it was like back in the fifty’s: the dress, cars, music and much more. The students “boogy-woogied” though the lessons.

Consecrated Life Mass

On Sunday, January 20, 2013, we will gather to celebrate the presence of religious men and women in the Diocese of Shreveport at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This diocesan celebration coincides with the celebration conducted in Rome by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage vocation awareness, as well as celebrate the jubilees of religious serving in our diocese.

Two men will be celebrating special milestones in their lives as members of religious communities in the Catholic Church. Our jubilarians this year are: Fr. Joseph Kallookalam, CMI (50 years) and Brother Gordon Hayes, OFM (50 years).

All priests, deacons, religious and parishioners in the diocese are encouraged to attend this celebration. All teachers and students in our Religious Education Programs and Catholic Schools are encouraged to take this opportunity during January to raise an awareness of the importance of religious vocations in our Church.
This is an excellent opportunity for those of us in the Diocese of Shreveport to show appreciation for the dedication and service provided by these men and women. For more information, please email Sister Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ, Coordinator for Religious at agoelden@dioshpt.org.

by Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, Coordinator for Religious

Loyola Hosted Annual FAiTH Day to Aid Local Community

Loyola College Prep held its annual FAiTH Day on December 3 as 600 families were provided a Christmas meal and toys. The student-run organization (Flyers Aiding The Hungry) is in its 22nd year. Canned food collection has been ongoing throughout the school year as well as various fundraisers to have enough to supply each family with a complete meal.

The FAiTH officers converted the Loyola gym into Santa’s Food Giveaway and beginning at 3 p.m. baskets were given out to the needy (the list is supplied by the Society of St. Vincent DePaul) Also, Snoopy’s Toy Shack was constructed for the children to receive gifts to have for Christmas.
Seniors Maddie Russo, Martha Williams, Ben Cunningham and Rachel Craig were this year’s FAiTH chairmen.

St. Joseph School Had Annual Spelling Bee

St. Joseph School held its annual Spelling Bee last week. Students competed to be named top speller at St. Joseph School. The winners were (left to right) Austin Scott (3rd Place), Mark Warren (2nd Place), and Jesse Hargett (1st Place). Congratulations to these great spellers!

Chef John Besh Helped Fundraise for Jesus the Good Shepherd School

Jesus the Good Shepherd School was fortunate to have world-renowned chef John Besh come to Monroe and participate in a dinner fundraiser for the school. The proceeds from the event will go to purchase a Smart Board which will be used in the computer lab to provide a technology training area for students and teachers. Pictured: Chef John Besh, Therese and Sammy Nagem and Lisa Patrick.

St. Frederick Hich School Football Excels

“It’s an especially exciting time to be a St. Frederick High School Warrior fan. Our football team ranking qualified us for a home playoff game in the first round after an impressive 7 and 3 regular season. I’m just so fortunate to be a part of such a great community here at St. Frederick Catholic School,” said Principal Guy Farber.

New Beta Club Members at Cathedral School

St. John Berchmans School recently inducted 16 students into its Jr. Beta Club, an academic honors program with a strong emphasis on community service.  The Jr. Beta Club at St. John’s is for students in grades 6-8 and conducts service projects throughout the year for a variety of organizations including St. Vincent de Paul, Barksdale Air Force Base, Highland Community Center and Neighborhood Association and local shelters.

The new inductees are: (front row, left to right – Tammy Nguyen, Mary Elizabeth Denison, McKala Meziere, Sophia Romanski, Isabelle Prince, and Isabella Silvia; back row, left to right – Adam Landry, Jessica Bowers, Jake Kingery, Sarah Siharath, Maggie Chreene, Benjamin Tuttle, Tanner Hines, Mary VanHoy, Sarah Stringfellow and Shannon Anderson).

Pope Launches Twitter Account, Tweets to Over 1 Million

CNS photo/L 'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI launched his Twitter account, sending a short inaugural message to his more than 1 million followers. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” it said. His tweet went viral as the number of followers of @Pontifex and its seven other extensions grew by more than 5,000 new people an hour, a Vatican official said. Tens of thousands of followers retweeted the messages in the short minutes after they were posted. After the pope gave his catechesis and blessing to those gathered for the general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, an announcement came over the speakers saying the pope was about to make his first tweet. Officials placed a small wooden desk in front of the pope, and staff from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications placed a small tablet computer on top. The pope put on his glasses as Thaddeus Jones, a U.S. official at the council, showed him the screen that already had the message prepared and loaded. The pope, with a tap, sent the greeting. Archbishop Celli, the council president, then showed the pope his @Pontifex accounts, which had amassed 1 million followers in the 10 days before the first tweet. About 45 minutes later, after the pope left the audience hall, the first pair of tweets in a Q&A format was sent by Vatican officials. While the pope sees and approves each tweet, all tweets after his inaugural message are sent by Vatican staff.