Dr. Celso Palmieri (far right), talks with the Braga family. Palmieri was instrumental in bringing the family from San Paolo, Brazil to Shreveport, Louisiana to treat 3-year-old Melyssa's myxoma tumor. (Photo Courtesy of LSU Health Shreveport)

Medical Miracle: Shreveport Catholic Doctor Reaches Out to Brazilian Family Seeking Help for Their Daughter

by Lisa Cooper When Loyola parent and St. Joseph parishioner Dr. Celso Palmieri saw the face of Melyssa Delgado Braga while looking through online publications from his native country, Brazil, he felt More »


Ignatius of Loyola Movie Coming to Diocese of Shreveport

by Randy Tiller Ignatius Press announced the new theatrical release of Ignatius of Loyola, Solider, Sinner, Saint on December 1, 2016. Due to the past relationship our diocese has with Ignatius Press, More »


The Harm of Pornography and Hope Beyond Addiction: Addicts

Series written by Katie Sciba under guidance of Fr. Sean Kilcawley, STL This is the second article in a four-piece series on pornography; the first can be found in the January 2017 More »


Shreveport Mom and Daughter March for Life with Love in D.C.

by Katie Aranda Who would have imagined that my daughter and I would be at the March for Life in Washington D.C. this year?  Not me! My best friend from college, who More »


Irish Heritage Brought to Life with St. Brigid Feast at St. Mary of the Pines

by Kelly Phelan Powell Kim Long, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at St. Mary of the Pines Parish in Shreveport, is one of those rare and wonderful souls who dream big, then More »

Deacon Bill Roche and Deacon Larry Mills carry in the oil for Chrism Mass.

Vocations View: My Blessings in the Diaconate

by Deacon Bill Roche When I was a youngster, I thought about the priesthood, but being a priest was never a serious consideration after I entered high school. I never expected to More »


Navigating the Faith: Lenten Fasting Through the Ages

by Dr. Cheryl H. White As we enter the season of Lent, it is helpful to pause and reflect on both its purpose, how it is expressed, and to know we are More »


Mike’s Meditations: An Experience with God

by Mike Van Vranken Ask most Christians why they participate in the season of Lent, and many will respond with some explanation that they want to get closer to God. A holy More »


Bishop’s Reflection: What Will You Do When Jesus Knocks?

by Bishop Michael G. Duca “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” This is one of the exhortations that can be used for the imposition of ashes and it beautifully sums up the More »

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week took place January 29 – February 4. During that week our six Catholic schools participated in special events to highlight the benefits of a Catholic education, which included communities of faith, knowledge and service.

Photos from left to right: Fr. Lijo and Jesus the Good Shepherd School principal Lisa Patrick at the school’s annual Basketball Shootout. St. John Berchmans student participates in their annual Cardinal Krewe Games. St. Joseph School eighth graders publicly display their Catholic school pride. Eastern deanery students join together in an All Schools Mass with Bishop Michael Duca. St. Frederick High School students take part in a living rosary.

SJB Hosted Religion Scholars Bowl

St. John Berchmans School hosted its 8th annual Religion Scholars Bowl on February 2 as part of Catholic Schools Week. Students in grades third through eighth from each school competed in teams during the day-long event featuring questions, activities and skits about the Catholic faith. The students were from Jesus the Good Shepherd School  (Monroe), Our Lady of Fatima School (Monroe), St. Frederick High School, 7th and 8th (Monroe), St. Joseph School (Shreveport) and St. John Berchmans School (Shreveport). Bishop Michael Duca and principal Jo Cazes awarded the first place medals to the seventh grade team. St. John Berchmans looks forward to hosting this annual event as it has become a great way for Catholic school students from North Louisiana to meet and enjoy fun competition with one another and to bring about a sense of community.

JGS Students Competed in Scholars Bowl

A group of 12 students from Jesus the Good Shepherd School, ranging from grades three to six, competed in the 8th Annual Religion Scholars Bowl at St. John Berchmans School in Shreveport during Catholic Schools Week. The students competed in a day-long event featuring questions, activities and skits about the Catholic faith.

“Live the Vision” at St. Joseph

As part of their Continuous School Improvement Plan, St. Joseph Catholic School launched “Live the Vision” on January 27, in a day-long celebration of learning and team building activities. Each student, K3 – 8th grade, and all staff members were divided into eight different colonies. Each colony is given a different color, saint and virtue. The colonies will work together individually and as a team to earn points by performing acts of service, spirit, excelling academically and through athletics. Points are added to each colony’s total, and at the end of the year, “The Colony Cup” is awarded to the colony with the most accumulated points.

Perkins Wins Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Tyler Perkins for winning first place in the Our Lady of Fatima Spelling Bee. Tyler will go on to compete at the All Parish Spelling Bee in March.

St. Fred’s Participated in Literary Music Rally

St. Frederick High School had four students participate in the district literary music rally. From left to right: Anna Grace Gill, Ara Mercado, Cale Guillory and Caroline Florsheim. Congratulations to these students.

Pippin Wins Pro-Life Oratory Contest

The Pro-Life Oratory Contest was held February 7 at the Catholic Center.  The oratory contest is an annual event that offers an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to speak on a topic related to pro-life. This year’s contest winner is Alexis Pippin, who represented the youth group from the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Alexis will present her speech on March 8 at the Bishop’s Pro-Life Banquet at which time Bishop Duca will award her a $500 check for her accomplishment. It was a great event with a lot of enthusiasm shown by all participants. The diocese is grateful to Katherine Jaynes, who served as event coordinator and facilitator, and to Mary’s House for organizing this year’s contest.

Filipino Celebration at St. Mary of the Pines

Filipino parishioners at St. Mary of the Pines celebrated Santo Niño de Cebú (Holy Child) with a festival sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Cheerleaders Donate Bags of Love

St. John Berchmans’ JV cheerleaders made and donated “Bags of Love” to the adult male and female residents of Providence House on Saturday, February 11. The bags contained scented lotions, shower gels and body sprays along with chocolates!

Pictured: Charlotte Fulco, Maya Beasley, Melissa Murray, Brooklynn Thompson, Alexandra Kerr, Anaya Germany, Isabella Cascio, Ella Acree.

Giving Witness to College Students at Tech

The Association of Catholic Tech Students (ACTS) welcomed Brad Bourgeois to speak about “Staying Catholic in College.” A Tech alum and former Catholic radio show host, Brad, his wife and five children, currently live in Monroe and are members of Jesus the Good Shepherd Church.  ACTS loves to host speakers. If you or someone you know would like to speak to Catholic college students at Louisiana Tech, give us a call at 318-251-0793.