Clergy Appointments

Upon the recommendation of the Diocesan Clergy Personnel Board, Bishop Muench announces the following appointments, effective July 1, 2015:

Reverend Joseph Sanjay Kunnasseril, IMS, Administrator of Our Lady of Peace Church in Vacherie.

Reverend Joshua D. Johnson, Parochial Vicar of St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.

Reverend Nutan S. Minj, IMS, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge.

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, Bishop Robert Muench will ordain Deacons Bradley A. Doyle, Reuben C. Dykes, and Matthew J. Graham to the priesthood.

Upon the recommendation of the Diocesan Clergy Personnel Board, the bishop announces the following appointments of the newly-ordained priests, effective July 1, 2015:

Reverend Bradley A. Doyle, Parochial Vicar of St. George Church in Baton Rouge.

Reverend Reuben C. Dykes, Parochial Vicar of Holy Family Church in Port Allen.

Reverend Matthew J. Graham, Parochial Vicar of Christ the King Church and Student Center in Baton Rouge.


A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

By St. Alphonsus Liguori

Pentecost Sunday - May 24

This prayer was written by St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), a bishop and doctor of the Church and founder of the Redemptorist order. In it, we ask the Holy Spirit to grant us His seven gifts.

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.

I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.

O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next. Amen.

Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season

The Bishops of the seven dioceses which make up the ecclesiastical Province of New Orleans (the State of Louisiana) established that Friday, June 5, 2015, as the tenth annual Day of Prayer and Fasting for Safety During the Hurricane Season. We implore God, through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, patroness of Louisiana, to preserve us from storms that might wreak devastation in our State. (The traditional Atlantic "hurricane season" for coastal states which border the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.)

One element of our prayer is the following text. Everyone is encouraged to pray this special prayer throughout the upcoming hurricane season:

Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children.The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control:the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries,invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.

During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude,we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), Second Bishop of Lafayette


2015 Chrism Mass

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1, 10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Cathedral

 2015 Chrism Mass & Luncheon Information
for Priests, Deacons & Seminarians

Please distribute information in document below to each priest and deacon assigned to the parish

2015 Chrism Oil Memo & Oil Request

All Pastors; Hospital Chaplains; Religious Community Representatives of the Diocese of Baton Rouge