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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 »

Cathedral School Welcomes New Staff

St. John Berchmans School began the school year on Friday, August 10, with its annual Parent and Student Orientation.  In addition to the new students who arrived on campus, SJB is also thrilled to have the following new members on its staff: Jennifer Deason (Counselor), Valorie Maniscalco (Middle School Math and Algebra), Jaime Guillaume (5th grade), Meaghan Long (6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Middle School Language Arts), Tina Lennard (P.E. and Athletic Director) and Linda Ott (K4). Not pictured: Andy Hitt (Director of Information Technology) and Shelita Soriano (K4 Aide).

Sacred Heart Church Hosted Annual Fun Day

Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Shreveport hosted their annual Westwood Community Fun Day alongside Councilman Sam Jenkins and Interfaith. This free event took place in the parking lot at Sacred Heart Church and members of the surrounding area enjoyed food, drink and games while meeting their local councilman, registering to vote, learning about property standards and interacting with area police and firemen. This year’s event was another huge success for Sacred Heart Church and their neighbors! Pictured: Sacred Heart’s neighbors register to vote and talk with Shreveport Parks and Recreation.

St. Jude Church Took Regional Pilgrimage

Facilitated by Fr. Pike Thomas, pilgrims from ST. JUDE CHURCH recently visited shrines around New Orleans. Pictured: Pilgrims gathered with Fr. Pike at the Blessed Francis Seelos Shrine.

Marriage and Family Life Conference

Dotye Sue Stanford and Carol Gates, diocesan coordinators for family life ministry, went to the Marriage and Family Life Conference in Dallas in July, where they learned about building strong marriages, living virtue-filled lives, promoting vocations, how to be strong Catholics in the public square and more. They want to share this information with other parish staff and ministry leaders. Those interested can contact St. Joseph Church (318-865-3581) or the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans (318-221-5296).

33 Days to Morning Glory

A gathering of 11 people from four parishes completed a six week retreat, “33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY” by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. They celebrated their Marian Consecration on June 27 at St. Michael’s Chapel with Mass, prayers and blessing from Fr. Peter Mangum, Rector of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Pictured (back row:) James Barnard, Carlos Colon, Ellen Kinsey, Fr Peter Mangum; (middle row:) Andie Bailey, Sandra Smith; (front row:) Marilyn Pettiette, Suzanne Beadles, Patsi Busi, Donna Barnard).

Medical Students Have Hands Anointed

THE CATHOLIC MEDICAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AT LSU HEALTH had their first meeting of the year on Monday, July 30. Msgr. Earl V. Provenza and Seminarian Duane Trombetta anointed the student doctors’ hands as they prepare for their life’s work. The Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila reminded participants that ‘Christ has no hand, no feet on earth but yours.’

Pope to Visit Lebanon in September

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Pope Benedict XVI (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will present a papal document addressing the church’s concerns in the Middle East, meet with representatives of local Christian and Muslim communities, and address political and cultural leaders on a three-day visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16. Pope Benedict’s primary task on the trip will be to present a document, called an apostolic exhortation, based on the deliberations of a special synod of bishops held at the Vatican in 2009. That two-week meeting, which was attended by 185 bishops, focused on the precarious circumstances of 5.7 million Catholics in 16 Middle Eastern countries. A document released by participants at the end of the synod called for “religious freedom and freedom of conscience” in Muslim lands, a theme Pope Benedict is likely to address on his visit.

Pope Approves Archbishop Sheen’s Heroic Virtues

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has approved the heroic virtues of U.S. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the Vatican announced June 28, clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause. Among the others honored in decrees announced the same day were first prelate of Opus Dei, the Canadian and Irish-American founders of two orders of religious women, a priest murdered by the Sicilian Mafia, and 154 martyrs killed during the Spanish Civil War. Archbishop Sheen heroically lived Christian virtues and should be considered “venerable,” said a decree issued by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes and signed by Pope Benedict. Before the archbishop can be beatified, the Vatican must recognize that a miracle has occurred through his intercession. The decree came just more than 13 months after Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Sheen, whose home diocese was Peoria. Archbishop Sheen, who was born in Illinois in 1895 and died in New York in 1979, was an Emmy-winning televangelist. His program, “Life is Worth Living,” aired in the United States from 1951 to 1957. Last September, a tribunal of inquiry was sworn in to investigate the allegedly miraculous healing of a newborn whose parents had prayed to the archbishop’s intercession.

Masses, Devotions, Rallies Mark U.S. Church’s ‘Fortnight for Freedom’

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann (CNS photo/Lori Wood Habiger, The Leaven)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Catholics to dedicate 14 days to the preservation of religious freedom through prayer, education and public action, they listened. Catholics in dioceses across the United States participated in Masses, devotions, holy hours, educational presentations and rallies during the June 21 to July 4 campaign to support the nation’s “first and most cherished freedom” and draw attention to actions Catholic and other religious leaders say are weakening religious liberty, including the federal contraceptive mandate. The U.S. bishops’ campaign began on the vigil of the feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More with Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom. He held up the two martyrs as a source of inspiration for American Catholics. The fortnight closed on Independence Day with Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and the tolling of bells at churches across the country at noon Eastern time. Fortnight events in dioceses around the country included an Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic in Des Moines, IA; a motorcycle “Rosary Ride for Religious Freedom” in Colorado Springs, CO; nonpartisan voter registration drives after Masses in Atlanta parishes; a religious liberty conference in Covington, KY; an outdoor Faith and Freedom Mass in a park band shell in Savannah, CA; and a prayer service with special petitions for the fortnight in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, OH.

Annulment Workshops

Classes to explain Church annulment processes

Three parishes will be host centers for annual Annulment Workshops throughout the Diocese of Shreveport.  Sister Marilyn R. Vassallo, C.S.J., J.C.L., the Director of the Tribunal, will provide a 90 minute presentation explaining the annulment process of the Catholic Church. The purpose of these workshops is to educate the faithful about the Church’s official position on marriage and the annulment process.

Individuals in need of annulments, persons seeking entrance into the Catholic Church and all interested Catholics are encouraged to attend these sessions.

by Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ, Director of Canonical Services