The Shroud of Turin: Cathedral to Host Nationally Known Shroud Speaker, Replica Display & Shroud of Turin Podcast Series

by Jessica Rinaudo The Shroud of Turin has long been a source of fascination. The burial shroud of a man who many believe was Jesus Christ has both inspired the faithful around More »


Fr. David T. Richter’s Legacy to Continue Through Memorial Fund

by Diane Libro Fr. David T. Richter served the Diocese of Shreveport for 29 years with a quiet but fierce passion for God and the Church. Three years after his unexpected death More »


Pro-Life Reception for Mary’s House with Abby Johnson on March 20

On Tuesday, March 20, at the Bossier Civic Center, Mary’s House will host the Shreveport/Bossier Pro-Life Reception featuring Abby Johnson, former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, now pro-life advocate, as keynote speaker. More »


Vocations View: Making Present the Love of God

by Jeb Key, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian In the Gospels, we hear several times a command from Jesus to, “Go out and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all More »


Navigating the Faith: Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

by Dr. Cheryl White, PhD Illumina Domine vultum tuum super nos…” Show the light of your countenance, oh Lord, upon us.”  When we think about those we love, the mental image we More »


Domestic Church: Sick Children and Mass

by Katie Sciba Before I even opened my eyes Sunday morning, I smiled. Settling more deeply in my warm bed, I knew a day of real rest was ahead. Andrew and I More »


Mike’s Meditations: Be Vulnerable with Your Forgiveness

by Mike Van Vranken If you are like most of us, there has been a time in your life when you had trouble forgiving someone. The words forgive and forgiveness are used More »


Bishop’s Reflection: Live Your Life with Trust and Hope in God’s Call

by Bishop Michael G. Duca We are in the middle of Lent and usually I would write this article to inspire and encourage all of us on our spiritual journey toward Easter. More »


Bishop Duca Reflects on Our Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

by John Mark Willcox, Director of Stewardship  Incredibly this May, Bishop Michael G. Duca  will mark his first decade as the second Ordinary of the Diocese of Shreveport. During his 10 years More »

Deacon Class Postponed

A vocation to the permanent diaconate is a serious commitment and undertaking and interested men often need considerable time for prayer and discernment before enrolling in the program. Because the Diocese of Shreveport deeply desires to have a full class of men who are called to this ministry, Bishop Michael Duca and program director, Deacon Clary Nash have decided to temporarily postpone the program. This will allow for more discernment time, a chance for questions to be addressed, and time for applicants to complete all the necessary paperwork and enrollment procedures.

We are excited by the interest in the next deacon class expressed by church members and the clergy. We encourage men who feel God might be calling them to be a deacon to complete the application process. God needs you to assist His people.

For questions and application information, please contact Deacon Clary Nash at 318-532-0280, or email him at cnash@dioshpt.org.

Rite of Candidacy Mass for Mues

Seminarian Kevin Mues with Bishop Michael Duca at his Rite of Candidacy Mass at Jesus the GoodShepherd Parish in Monroe. This is one of the final steps Kevin will take before being ordained a
transitional deacon and then a priest for the Diocese of Shreveport. (photo by Gary Guinigundo)

USCCB President Calls for Courage and Commitment on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON— The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“In recent years—including last summer in Charlottesville—we have glimpsed an appalling truth that lurks beneath the surface of our culture. Even with all the progress our country has made on the issue, racism remains a living reality. As our nation celebrates the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are given an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached, that the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith.

Our challenge is to bring Dr. King’s message into the present moment in a way that inspires lasting change. In a pivotal 1958 essay, he wrote that: ‘Along the way of life, someone must have the sense enough and the morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.’

Breaking the chain of hate requires both courage and commitment. Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary and the first African-American sister to march with Dr. King in Selma, exemplified these qualities. She told those gathered that: ‘I’m here because I’m a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.’ Sister Antona passed away on November 11 last year at the age of 93. She remained a bold and dedicated champion of civil rights throughout her lifetime, and her witness should inspire our own.

We pray in confidence that Jesus Christ will remind us all that he is the most powerful means to break the chains of hate that still bind too many hearts, a truth which lies at the center of Dr. King’s legacy.”

USCCB racism resources and information about the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/  •

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Emphasize Human Beings Are All Made in the Likeness of God

The following statement has been issued by James Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), emphasizing the USCCB position that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore deserving of our respect and compassion.

Full statement follows:

“Reports of recent disparaging remarks about African countries and Haiti have aroused great concern. As our brothers and sisters from these countries are primarily people of color, these alleged remarks are especially disturbing. All human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, and comments that denigrate nations and peoples violate that fundamental truth and cause real pain to our neighbors. It is regrettable that this comes on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and could distract from the urgent bipartisan effort to help Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status. As a vigorous debate continues over the future of immigration, we must always be sure to avoid language that can dehumanize our brothers and sisters.”  •

Epiphany Tradition in Monroe

A beautiful Epiphany tradition took place within the homes of the Parish School of Religion students of St. Matthew Parish in Monroe. The students learned the custom of chalking their doors and how special it is to invite Jesus to be a daily guest in their homes and lives.

College Students Spread Cheer

College students of the Association of Catholic Tech Students (ACTS) headed to Ruston Rehab before the break to spread some holiday cheer to the residents there. Even Santa and one of his elves were in town to help lend a hand! Thanks to the ACTS-ME (ACTS’ Ministry to the Elderly) committee for organizing this festive holiday mission!

St. Frederick’s eSports Rocket Team Ranked Nationally

The St. Frederick High School eSports Rocket League Team made it to the National Playoffs for the Fall Majors. They ranked fifth of all schools in the Central United States region where the competition was fiercest. We are very proud of the hard work of these young men. (Pictured from left to right: Carson Copeland, Jack Weir, Ted Brown, Coy Gammage and Will Yarbrough)

Children’s Homily in Stonewall

Fr. Jim Moran presented the children’s homily during the Christmas Mass at St. Ann Church in Stonewall.

Loyola Students Keep Cross at Center of Lent

This time last year, the members of Faith on Fire, the student-led Christian club at Loyola, wanted to give students a focal point for Lent—something that would cause them to pause in the middle of a busy school day and consider the true meaning of the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. They decided on a cross that stands over six feet tall in the center of the main hall. Michelle Brown, senior theology teacher and Faith on Fire sponsor said of the project, “It was entirely done by the students; no adults were involved with this project at all. Students donated their time and resources to hold bake sales and other fundraisers to purchase the supplies they needed.”

Ben Hyde, class of 2017, donated his afternoons and weekends to build the cross. “This was a true labor of love,” said Brown.

This year the cross will again be the focal point of Lent. Students and faculty gather around the cross every Friday to pray, and each day, there is a question for meditation at the foot of the cross. For example, one day a student may read, “Have you stopped today to thank your Savior for his suffering on your behalf?”

Students are particularly drawn to the cross and appreciate its prominent position in the school. Catholic and non-Catholic students alike value the opportunity to be reminded of Lent and its special significance in the lives of Christians.

“Seeing that cross reminds us that we are to give up things, but we can never give what Jesus gave for us,” said senior Alex Smith. “It shows that God gave His life, which is so much more than giving up candy or diet coke. Even those of us who are not Catholic are reminded of true sacrifice.”  •

St. Frederick Celebrates Feast of St. Nicholas

On December 6 students were asked to leave one shoe outside their classroom door during class. At the end of class, students found sweet goodies in their shoes in honor of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children. St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many European and Eastern countries, and one of the old Christian traditions surrounding his feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies and other small gifts and treats.