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Shroud of Turin: Shroud Experts & Original STURP Team Members Gather at Shreveport’s Cathedral of St. John Berchmans for Special Panel

by Jessica Rinaudo On the second weekend in October, the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans will host an event that’s drawing international attention. Two members of the original 1978 Shroud of Turin More »

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Bishop Duca Installed in Baton Rouge Shreveport Bids Him Farewell

by Jessica Rinaudo photos by Marie Constantin & Bonny Van August 24 was a bittersweet day for the people of the Diocese of Shreveport, especially members of the clergy, diocesan staff and More »

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Catholic Charities Employee Assists Clients in Sharing the Journey

by Lucy Medvec, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana Since 2012, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana (CCNLA) has provided assistance and guidance to immigrants as they seek to become legal residents or naturalized More »

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St. John Berchmans Catholic School Celebrates Landmark Year

by Lisa Cooper This year marks two special occasions for the St. John Berchmans community as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the school, as well as the 40th anniversary of their More »

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Bidding Farewell to Father Andre McGrath, OFM

by John Mark Willcox Our faith community lost a dear friend on September 8 as Fr. Andre McGrath, OFM, passed into the Lord’s hands at the friary of St. Mary of the More »

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Diocese Welcomes Fr. Mangum as Administrator

by Jessica Rinaudo On Monday, August 27, following the installation of Bishop Michael Duca as the 6th Bishop of Baton Rouge, the Diocese of Shreveport’s College of Consultors, a group of 11 More »

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Domestic Church: Help Us, Lord! We’re Sinking!

by Katie Sciba My friend texted me, “Pleading for prayers for my husband,” she began, “All these scandals in the Church have shaken him up and he’s got one foot out the More »

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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 »

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.

Seminarian Contact Information

Many of our churches have asked for a downloadable version of our seminarians’ mailing addresses so they can send them Christmas and birthday cards.

Click here to download an 8.5 x 11 printable version of the page shown below.

Pope Presents Vatican II Messages for Laypeople

Pope Benedict XVI gives a message to Robert Prybyla (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of the Mass in St. Peter’s Square marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the start of the Year of Faith, the pope gave out texts of the special messages that Pope Paul VI had composed for seven categories of the faithful; Pope Benedict chose contemporary representatives of those groups to receive the messages Oct. 11. The symbolic gesture was meant not just to recall and commemorate an event, but to “enter more deeply into the spiritual movement, which characterized Vatican II, to make it ours and to develop it according to its true meaning,” the pope said in his homily. The seven messages, initially presented by Pope Paul on Dec. 8, 1965, address the concerns and responsibilities of: political leaders, scientists and cultural figures, artists, women, workers, the poor, sick and suffering and young people. Pope Benedict gave the “Message to Politicians” to some members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, including ambassadors to the Vatican from each continent. The message said that the only thing the Church asks of politicians is freedom — “the liberty to believe and to preach her faith, the freedom to love her God and serve him, the freedom to live and to bring to men her message of life. Do not fear her.”

Catholic Leaders: Nobel Prize for Medicine a Triumph for Ethics

Kyoto University, Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Japan & John Gurdon of Britain in London.

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Catholic leaders in Europe hailed the decision to give a Nobel Prize to two pioneers of adult stem-cell research as a triumph for ethics. A statement from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, known as COMECE, said that awarding the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka represented an “important milestone” in recognizing the superior potential of adult stem-cell research over destructive experimentation on human embryonic stem cells. The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, an institute serving the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland, also described the award as an “achievement of great ethical significance.” Said David Jones, director of the Anscombe center in Oxford, England: “This technique offers hope of progress in stem-cell research without relying on the unethical destruction of human embryos. The past attempts to clone human embryos and the bizarre experiments to create mixed human-nonhuman embryos have delivered nothing. In contrast, the transformation of adult cells into stem cells is making great progress,” he continued. “This is science at its best: both beautiful and ethical.” The Nobel committee said England’s Gurdon and Yamanaka of Japan had “revolutionized” science through their work. “These discoveries have also provided new tools for scientists around the world and led to remarkable progress in many areas of medicine,” the committee said.