July 7, 2014

Official Statement below of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

With Respect To

Supreme Court of Louisiana, Docket No. 2013-C-2879

Court of Appeals – First Circuit, Docket No. 2013-CW-0316



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


Letter from Bishop Muench Announcing

2014 Diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force

Click here to read article in The Catholic Commentator

2014 Adult Confirmation

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 3:00 PM

Our Lady of Mercy Church,

445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge

Again this year, Bishop Muench will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to adults from throughout the diocese who for one reason or another have not yet been confirmed and are properly prepared. The celebration will be on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3 pm at OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH, BATON ROUGE.

Due to renovations at St. Joseph Cathedral, another location was required.

Click here for Adult Confirmation forms and information.


                2014 Spring Clergy Formation Letter from Bishop Muench

Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

One of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry occurs through what is called the annual Spring Formation [Continuing Education] days held for all priests in the diocese in May of each year. 2014 will be the last year these formation days will be held in the Spring. Beginning 2015, the Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee decided to change these days to the ‘Annual Priests’ Formation Days’ to be held in the second full week in January. These formation days offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese for their on-going formation, participation by the priests is mandatory. However, on occasion, ministry needs arise at the same time preventing the priests from participating in these Spring (Annual) Formation days.   read more