Dr. Melanie Palmisano, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, announced she will be stepping down effective June 30, 2022. She made the announcement in a letter that was released Dec. 8.
Nestled in a stunningly beautiful corner of southwest Mississippi, Our Lady of Hope Retreat Center features 400 acres of Mother Nature’s finest work. Far removed from a main highway, or even a small town, the rolling property offers a welcome tranquility, a place where deer roam freely, where native woods house species of every sort, where a picturesque lake featuring a gazebo and a canoe are the center’s welcome mat. For Father Mark Beard it is a 400-acre answer to a prayer.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life,” containing “the whole spiritual good of the church, namely Christ himself(no. 1324).” Perhaps it’s not surprising the church earnestly looks for effective ways to promote this teaching and to counter those who ignore or work against it.
With 370 families unsponsored, the staff at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is concerned. “Usually by Thanksgiving, all but a few families have been sponsored through our Community Comes Together at Christmas program,” said Catherine Weidert, CCDBR communications coordinator. “But this year is unprecedented.”
BALTIMORE ‑ The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to accept the document “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" during the morning session of the fall USCCB meeting on Nov. 17. The vote, which is held in a secret electronic ballot, was 222 in favor to eight against, with three abstentions.
The story of a prodigal son, a resentful elder brother and prodigal father who is extravagant in his love and forgiveness was the backdrop of Red Stick Catholic Fest on Oct. 30 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Prairieville.
The Sisters of St. Joseph’s ties with the Diocese of Baton Rouge began long before the official establishment of the diocese, when four sisters arrived in Baton Rouge in 1868 aboard a steamboat from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Church parishes of the Diocese of Baton Rouge commemorated All Saint Day on Nov. 1 with prayer services in cemeteries and the blessing of the graves. One of those was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Baton Rouge. Father Cary Bani, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, led the prayer service and blessed the graves. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator
Given declining infection rates not only in the Greater Baton Rouge Area but throughout Louisiana, I am now modifying several of our practices based upon medical advice, wisdom, and recommendations from state leaders.
Father Josh Johnson, vocations director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, joyfully welcomed the appointment of Father Joshua Rodrigue as rector/president of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced the appointment Oct. 14. Father Rodrigue, 44, will succeed Father James Wehner, who has spent the past 10 years at Notre Dame, on Jul 1, 2022.