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Ruston Catholic Received French Legion of Honor

by John Mark Willcox There is always a first time for everything when you work for the Church and I had a first time experience recently when I conducted my first interview More »

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From Atheism to Seminary: Meet the Diocese’s Newest Seminarian

by Jessica Rinaudo When you think of candidates for the Catholic priesthood, the word “atheist” likely never crosses your mind, but the Diocese of Shreveport’s newest seminarian, Francis Genusa, used that term More »

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Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat: Post-Abortive Healing

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the LORD: Cease your cries of mourning, wipe More »

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His Presence & Prayers Saved My Daughter’s Life

by Susan Flanagan On a hot Saturday this past July, the local abortion clinic’s parking lot was filled with cars, business as usual getting underway there. On average, 60-70 babies are aborted More »

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Money School Gives Value to Those in Need

by Lucy Medvec, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Tuesday at Catholic Charities and the lobby is filled with people waiting to attend the Money School, the weekly More »

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Catholic Schools Annual Report

by Sr. Carol Shively, OSU This 2017 – 2018 Annual Report is organized around the four major themes of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools—Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance More »

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Domestic Church: Finding Treasure in Monotony

by Katie Sciba If you have a family, you have monotony; there’s no way around it. Work, school, errands, activities – there is so much “same ol’” on repeat. Quite simply, all More »

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BIshop’s Reflection: Do You Accept?

by Bishop Michael G. Duca On June 10th, as I pulled into my garage after having just ordained Father Duane Trombetta as a priest for the Diocese of Shreveport in a beautiful More »

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A Decade with Bishop Duca

by Jessica Rinaudo, Editor, The Catholic Connection In December 2007, newly married and stepping into a budding career as a graphic designer and journalist, I was hired as the editor of The More »

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.

St. Joseph Church, Zwolle Held Special Rosary

On October 17, the Council of Catholic Women of St. Joseph Church in Zwolle held the first of two special rosaries scheduled to honor our Blessed Virgin Mary. These ladies came together in prayer for America led by Opal Leone. From left to right seated, Jewel Procell, Marie Corley and Edna Myles. Standing front row L-R: Annie Ezernack, Mildred Craig, Mary Remedies, Valarie Sepulvado, Opal Leone, Henrietta Blake, Merlie Procell, Iva Lee Meshell, Carolyn Rivers, Sandra Sepulvado, Vickie Meshell and Emma Sepulvado. Back row L-R: Rosemary Ebarb, Betty Ebarb, Mary Ertel, Merle Rivers, Valda Sepulvado, Rita McComic, Linda Champion, Rose Procell, Ella Garcie, Catherine Sepulvado and Bertie Malmay. Not pictured, Felicia Whitlow.

Hispanic Celebration for Christ the King

There was a Hispanic celebration for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel at the 3:00 Mass on September 30 at Christ the King CHURCH. The Mariarchi band did a fantastic job with the music at the Mass. The celebrant was Fr. Rigoberto Betancurt.

Catholics Honored for Philanthropy

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John and Lynne Manno

Yesterday, the 21st Annual Philanthropy Day in Shreveport, honored three area Catholics. John and Lynne Manno were recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists and Margaret Furrh Green was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Congratulations to these fine representatives of what is good about giving within our diocese.