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Archbishop Aymond to Head Archdiocese of New Orleans pg. 9 Holy Father Meets with President Obama, pg. 10 Diocese of Shreveport Welcomes New Seminarian pg. 11

Catholic Schools

A Success for Students & Community



Publisher Bishop Michael G. Duca Editor Jessica Rinaudo Regular Contributors Bishop Michael Duca Fr. David Richter Kim Long Jessica Rinaudo Missy McKenzie Christine Rivers Lucy Medvec Sr. Martinette Rivers Rosalba Quiroz Katie Sciba Dianne Rachal John Mark Willcox Featured Writers Jo Ann Beason Joshua Sanders Sally Croom Sr. Edith Schnell Peter Finney Sr. Carol Shively Fr. Adrian Fischer Randy Tiller Fr. Frank Folino Sr. Marilyn Vassallo Carol Glatz Mae Weaver Nancy Robichaux Cindy Wooten Editorial Board Dianne Rachal Cathy Cobb Christine Rivers Felicia Gilliam Christie Weeks Rev. Charles Glorioso John Mark Willcox Kim Long The Catholic Connection is a monthly publication funded by your Diocesan Service Appeal; mailed to every known Catholic household in the Diocese of Shreveport. Our Mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of our Catholic Faith among the faithful. We seek to foster the application of Christ’s teachings and our Church’s mission in our daily lives and to encourage our sense of Catholic identity within our family, parish, and diocesan faith community.

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BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter’s Square Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Christ. May this Year for Priests help all priests to grow towards the spiritual perfection essential to the effectiveness of their ministry, and enable the faithful to appreciate Year for Priests more fully the great gift of grace Dear Brothers and Sisters, which the priesthood is: for priests Last Friday, the Solemnity of themselves, for the Church and for the Sacred Heart of Jesus – a day our world. Configured to Christ in traditionally devoted to prayer the sacrament of Holy Orders, the for the sanctification of priests – priest is called to become an alter marked the beginning of the Year Christus, “another Christ”. His for Priests commemorating the personal union with the Lord must sesquicentennial of the death of thus unify every aspect of his life the Curé of Ars, Saint John Mary and activity. During this Year for Vianney, patron of parish priests. Priests, let us entrust all priests to The Pauline Year now ending and Mary, Mother of the Church, and the current Year for Priests invite pray that they will grow in fidelity us to consider how the Apostle Paul to their mission to be living signs and the humble Curé of Ars both of Christ’s presence and infinite identified themselves completely mercy. with their ministry, striving to – Pope Benedict XVI live in constant communion with

From the Chancellor August 13

First day of school for Monroe Catholic schools

August 14

Blue Mass 9:00 a.m. Holy Trinity Church

August 15

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary *Note: The holyday of obligation is suspended in the United States when a Solemnity falls on a Saturday or Monday.

August 16

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Shreveport at 11:00 a.m. Mass.

August 17

First day of school for Shreveport Catholic schools

September 7 The Catholic Center will be closed for the observance of the Labor Day holiday. Respect Life Sunday is October 4, 2009. The theme from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is “Every Child Brings Us God’s Smile.” Churches may order flyers, liturgical guides and other materials by calling (866) 582-0943 or visiting the web site at On the Cover: Sister John Mary with students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Academy in Shreveport. Photo by Jessica Rinaudo.

August 2009






Year for Priests by Pope Benedict XVI..................................... 2

Andrew Dinner by Joshua Sanders.......................................... 11

From the Chancellor by Christine Rivers.................................. 2

Diocese of Shreveport Welcomes New Seminarian Jerry Daigle Jr. by Fr. David Richter.................................. 11

Bishop Michael Duca’s August 2009 Schedule....................... 3 Bishop’s Reflection by Most Reverend Michael Duca............ 4-5

Catholic Schools a Success by Sr. Carol Shively..................12-15

Liturgy Lines: Come, Let Us Worship by Dianne Rachal................................................................. 6

Youth Events & Upcoming Events........................................... 16 Sunset Mass for Hispanic Workers by John Mark Willcox.... 17

Annulment Workshops by Sr. Marilyn Vassallo........................ 6

New Principal for Our Lady of Fatima School........................ 17

Second Collections by Fr. David Richter.................................. 7

Hispanic Corner / Nuestra Página por Rosalba Quiroz......... 18

Clergy Workshop by Sr. Marilyn Vassallo................................. 7

Zwolle Ladies Visit Catholic Center by Randy Tiller............... 19

Fr. Bill Spencer Elected Provincial by Fr. Adrian Fischer....... 7

Monroe School History Honored by Prayer Garden by Missy McKenzie.............................................................. 19

Priest Spotlight: Father Frank Folino...................................... 8 Diocese Non-Discriminatory School Policy............................. 8 Archbishop Gregory Aymond to Head Archdiocese of New Orleans by Peter Finney....................................... 9 Pope Discusses Bioethics, G-8 Summit with Obama at Vatican by Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooten................... 10

Around the Diocese...............................................................20-21 Catholic Daughters of America Officers Elected................... 21 Rogers Loupe Leaves Lifetime Legacy to Sabine Parish by John Mark Willcox......................................................... 22 August Calendar........................................................................ 23

Bishop Michael Duca’s August 2009 Schedule Catholic Church, 9:00 a.m. August 16, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 25th Anniversary Mass, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Shreveport, 11:00 a.m. August 19, Cathedral of St. John Berchmans School & Loyola College Prep First Mass of School Year, Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, 9:30 a.m. August 1 & 2, 94th Annual Knights of St. Peter Claver Convention, New Orleans August 4, Convocation of Priests, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. August 9, 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Ft. Worth, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, 3:00 p.m. August 14, Blue Mass, Holy Trinity

August 20, Archbishop-Elect Gregory Aymond’s Installation Mass, St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, 2:00 p.m. August 21, Barksdale Air Force Base Youth Group Luau/Pool Party, Northgate Pool at Barksdale Air Force Base, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. August 22, Canonical Update for Deacons, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Shreveport

August 22, Catechists Workshop, Christ the King Church, Bossier City August 23, Mass, St. Ann Church, Stonewall, 9:00 a.m. August 24, Evening of ReflectionBeginning of School Year, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, 5:00 p.m. August 28, Welcome Back Party for University of Louisiana at Monroe Catholic Campus Ministry, Catholic Center at ULM, 4:30 p.m. August 29, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Exemplification Banquet, St. Joseph Church Family Life Center, Shreveport, 1:30 p.m. August 30, Mass, St. George Church, Coushatta, 8:30 a.m. August 31, Mass in Celebration of Reverend Monsignor Edmund J. Moore 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd, 6:00 p.m.

La Reflexión del Obispo

Buscando Espacio para el Silencio en Nuestras Vidas por Obispo Michael Duca


ientras escribo este artículo estoy sentado a la orilla del fresco Río Rojo, en Nuevo México. Por varios veranos he podido venir en mis vacaciones y usar una pequeña cabaña que me ha servido también como lugar de relajamiento y de retiro. Ya sea en la frescura de la mañana o de la tarde, me siento con mi breviario, hago oración y escucho. Sentado a la orilla veo primero solamente las cosas grandes, pero de pronto veo un colibrí pasar y luego (algo que nunca había visto) se posa en una rama a unas cuantas pulgadas de donde yo estoy. Después miro hacia el cielo azul y en lo alto veo un pájaro volando altísimo, mucho más alto de lo que imaginé que un pájaro pudiera volar. En este momento de oración y de escuchar silenciosamente, se me abrió toda una realidad que no hubiera visto si no me hubiera puesto en silencio. Una vez escuché una cita de Henry Miller que dice “el momento en que le pones atención a algo, así sea una hoja de pasto, se convierte en todo un mundo misterioso, admirable, indescriptible y magnífico”. Con certeza es verdad que en el silencio y en la oración descubrimos belleza y

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significado en nuestras vidas. Aquí en Nuevo México estoy lejos de todas las exigencias de la vida diaria y se que es hasta idílico (maravilloso). No siempre podemos encontrar estos lugares callados y maravillosos. De hecho, el verano pasado, por todos los cambios en mi vida, no vine al Río Rojo. Pero el escuchar en silencio no se trata tanto de un lugar sino más bien de hacer espacio para el silencio en nuestras vidas. Podemos estar muy ocupados, involucrados en hacer las cosas, muy atareados por los problemas en el mundo que se nos olvida los verdaderos cimientos de nuestra fe y perdemos las esperanzas. Cuando no podemos ver la belleza en el mundo, cuando parece que todos estamos para sacar provecho (inclusive nosotros mismos), cuando sentimos como si todos están abandonando sus valores espirituales, perdemos las esperanzas. Podemos nosotros mismos tratar de traernos de regreso a la esperanza o poner nuestro esfuerzo en alguna causa y esto puede ser bueno, pero la verdadera esperanza se redescubre conectándonos mas profundamente con nuestra fe y conciencia de la presencia de Dios en

nuestras vidas. Esto lo descubrimos haciendo oración y escuchando en silencioso. En la oración callada abrimos nuestros corazones para sentir nuestros dolores y angustias en las que tratamos de no pensar, recordamos el gozo de nuestras vidas y en el silencio redescubrimos que no estamos solos. En la oración silenciosa nos recordamos a nosotros mismos lo que es importante, recordamos la bondad en otros a los que tal vez estemos olvidando, escuchamos la voz del Señor invitándonos a hacer actos de amor y de servicio. En el silencio de la oración recibimos gracia inesperada de nuestro Dios amoroso. Te animo a encontrar momentos de silencio en tu vida. Una visita de silencio a la iglesia, un descanso en tu día de trabajo, un lugar callado en la casa o en días más frescos afuera. Más que todo a que hagas tiempo para estar en silencio y ver que revelación o gracia inesperada te viene mientras que en silencio escuchas al Señor hablarle a tu corazón. Te sorprenderás de cuánto tienes frente a ti que no puedes ver o apreciar hasta que te detienes a escuchar en oración.

Bishop’s Reflection

Making a Space for Quiet in Our Lives by Bishop Michael Duca


s I write this article I am sitting next to a running stream in the cool of Red River, New Mexico. For the last few summers I have been able to use this small cabin for vacation and it has been a place of retreat and relaxation. In the cool of the morning or evening I sit here, pray my breviary and listen. I sit by the stream and at first I only see the big things, then slowly I see a humming bird buzz by and then (I have never seen this before) I see it perch on a branch just inches away from me. Then I look up in the blue sky and there is a bird soaring higher than I imagined a bird could fly. In this time of quiet listening and prayer a whole new reality opened up before me that I would have missed if I had not been quiet. I once heard a quote by Henry Miller, “the moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribable, magnificent world in itself.” It is certainly true that in quiet and prayer we rediscover beauty and meaning in our lives. Here in New Mexico I am far from the demands of life and I know it is somewhat idyllic. We are not always

Ruby Throated Hummingbird. Photo by BrandyCorc (

into some cause and this might all be good, but real hope is more deeply rediscovered by reconnecting with our faith and the awareness of God’s presence in our lives. This we discover in quiet prayer and listening. In quiet prayer we open our hearts to feel our pains and burdens that we try not to think about, we remember the joy of our lives and in quiet we rediscover that “In quiet prayer we open we are not alone. In quiet prayer we remind ourselves about what is our hearts to feel our important, remember the goodness in others that we may be forgetting, pains and burdens that we hear the voice of the Lord prompt we try not to think about, us to acts of love and service. In quiet prayer we receive unexpected we remember the joy of grace from our loving God. our lives and in quiet we I encourage you to find moments of silence in your life. A quiet visit to rediscover that we are the church, a break in your workday, not alone.” a quiet spot in the house or in cooler days outside. Most of all just make truths of our faith and we loose hope. some time to be quiet and see When we cannot see beauty in the what unexpected insight or grace world, when it seems that everyone comes to you as you quietly listen is out for profit (even ourselves), to God speak to your heart. You when we feel as though everyone is will be surprised how much is right abandoning spiritual values, we lose before you that you could not see hope. or appreciate until you stopped and We can try to study ourselves prayerfully listened. back into hope or put our efforts able to find these wonderful quiet places. In fact last summer, because of all the changes in my life, I did not make it to Red River. But quiet listening is not about a place as much as it is about making a space for quiet in our lives. We can get so busy, so involved in getting things done, so overwhelmed by the problems in the world that we forget the foundational


Liturgy Lines: Come, Let Us Worship

Annulment Workshops

Introductory Articles on the New Translation of the Roman Missal

Diocese of Shreveport 2009

in 1973. Liturgy, as a ‘work of the people,’ is an organic enterprise. Since the introduction of the text for the Mass in English changes continue to occur. A revised text was issued in 1975. Pope John Paul II promulgated a third edition (CNS photo/Karen Callaway) (July 6, 2007) of the Mass in aster, to whom shall we go? 2000. This third You have the words of eternal edition of the Mass, the Missale life.” John 6:68 Romanum in Latin, is the source of 1. Introduction the changes that are coming to the “Gospel” means ‘good news’ and Mass in English. this is gospel: there are exciting Once the text for the Mass is new changes coming to the prayers issued in Latin, the Latin must be and responses we say at Mass! translated into the languages of Many will remember the reform the people. For our purposes, this of the Mass begun with Vatican II series of articles will focus on the which included the move of the translation of the text of the Mass altar to the center of the sanctuary, from Latin into English. Many the change of the priest now facing groups are involved in this process: the assembly, reception of Holy 1. The International Commission Communion standing, Communion on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) under both species, the addition 2. The United States Conference of new Eucharistic Prayers, and of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) many more changes. The biggest 3. Congregation for Divine change, of course, was the change Worship and the Discipline of the from Latin to the language of the Sacraments (CDWDS) people; in this country—from Latin 4. Vox Clara to English. The English translation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the significant parts of the Order of Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Mass is the first section to receive the first document to be ratified by approval from the Congregation for Vatican II, states: Divine Worship and the Discipline But since the use of the mother of the Sacraments on June 23, 2008. tongue, whether in the Mass, the There are eleven other sections of administration of the sacraments, or the Roman Missal to be approved other parts of the liturgy, frequently before the new translation is may be of great advantage to the implemented in the United States, people, the limits of its use may be projected to be late 2010. extended. (n. 36) Subsequent articles will explore the The reformed Mass of the Second specific changes to parts of the Mass. Vatican Council was promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970, and the – Dianne Rachal, English translation was published Director of the Office of Worship

his fall Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ, Director of the Marriage Tribunal in our diocese, will conduct the annual Annulment Workshops throughout the Diocese. The Sister Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ purpose of these workshops is to provide information for those persons in need of a declaration of nullity from the Catholic Church (annulment). The workshop includes a slideshow presentation regarding the five different types of nullity cases, as well as handouts to assist those in search of answers to their specific situations. Time will be given for questions and Sr. Marilyn will remain for any individual assistance needed. All RCIA catechumens and candidates are also encouraged to attend one of these workshops. It will provide information pertinent to this aspect of our Catholic tradition regarding marriage. Any further questions regarding this schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 868-4441 or email agoelden@


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Annulment Schedule August-September, 2009

• Tuesday, August 25, 2009 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. St. Paschal Church, West Monroe • Thursday, August 27, 2009 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. St. Joseph Church, Zwolle • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. St. Pius X Church, Shreveport •Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport • Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Christ the King Church, Bossier City – Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ

Second Collections Diocese of Shreveport Hispanic Ministry

Announcement Dates: Aug.16 & 23 Collection Dates: Aug. 29 & 30


here are many good and important causes for which our diocese receives requests for charitable donations, most often made through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Among them, three are suggested for a single collection in August, one of which is chosen by the individual church parish: 1. Diocese of Shreveport Hispanic Ministry 2. Aid for the Church in Latin America and for Eastern and Central Europe 3.Catholic University of America A brief description of each follows: 1. The Diocese of Shreveport Hispanic Ministry seeks to draw to the church community, those not actively practicing their faith, to form local leaders through their councils, to assist youth and

young adult groups, and to evangelize by means of retreats, small group sharing, and preparation for the sacraments. You are encouraged to offer any aid you can. 2. Assistance for the Church in Latin America and in Central and Eastern Europe provides for those who are rich in faith but lacking in material resources. The Holy Fathers have sought to build up the Churches of these regions through encouraging our common collaboration with them. Please participate as you are able. 3. The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC is the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Bishops and chartered by the Vatican. This school has a special responsibility to educate future leaders of our Church and nation. Our collection further supports

Clergy Workshop

the granting of scholarships to young Catholics. How well did the diocese do? Catholic Relief Services collection & Operation Rice Bowl: $25,083.44 Holy Land


Diocese of Shreveport Hispanic Ministry $ 3,551.00 – Fr. David Richter, Vicar General

Father Bill Spencer Elected Provincial of Franciscans



he Office of Canonical Services will present a workshop for all priests and deacons. This day will focus on updating us on marriage procedures and dispensations, as well as updates on Safe Environment programs of the diocese and other pastoral issues. In order to accommodate the needs of all our clergy, this workshop will be presented two times. The first presentation of this workshop is scheduled for all our deacons on Saturday, August 22 at Sacred Heart Church in Shreveport. The second presentation will be for all the priests in the diocese, on

September 16 at the Catholic Center in Shreveport. The same material will be presented on both days from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The staff of the Office of Canonical Services will be joined by Deacon David Warriner, JCL, Coordinator for the Second Instance Court in New Orleans. This workshop allows all our clergy to share ideas, as well as share concerns regarding these important areas affecting our ministry. Lunch will be provided. For any further questions regarding this day, call Sister Marilyn at the Office of Canonical Services. – Sr. Marilyn Vassallo.CSJ

ather William “Bill” Spencer, OFM has been elected as Provincial for the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscans based in St. Louis, MO on June 30, 2009. Father Bill will be the leader of the 200 member province of brothers and priests, many who serve locally at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, St. Paschal Church, Little Flower of Jesus Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Hispanic Ministry of the Eastern Deanery. Father Bill is a native of Monroe where he attended St. Paschal Church, and is a former pastor of Little Flower of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena in Shreveport. He entered the novitiate for the Order of Friars Minor in Sacred Heart Province in 1967. He made his final profession in 1971 and was ordained a priest in 1974. Currently he is a member of the community at St. Peter Friary in Chicago, Illinois. – Father Adrian Fischer, OFM 7

Priest Spotlight:

Fr. Frank Folino


ather Frank Folino, OFM was recently appointed as pastor of St. Thomas of Aquinas Church in Ruston in June. Father Frank comes to our diocese from Ashland, Wisconsin. How were you called to the priesthood? Well, I wanted to be a priest since I was about six-years-old, but different family situations and life turns always made it seem impossible. When I got to know Franciscan Friars as friends, I started to become attracted to their mission, their way of life. I was especially impressed by their response to people with AIDS,

creating ministries to help them while others were too afraid to go near them. At the age of 40, I asked for admission, they said yes, we’ll give you a try. But the exact moment, I know perfectly! I was at a Holy Thursday liturgy at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop, in Chicago. It was concelebrated by many different Franciscan priests, and when they all raised their hands during the Eucharistic Prayer, the hair on the back of my neck stood up, and I felt myself saying, Oh dear, I’m supposed to be one of those guys! I didn’t sleep for three days, and I called the Franciscan Vocation office. Well, the rest is history. Where did you ser ve in your ministr y prior to coming to our diocese? Before I moved here to Ruston, I was associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Community in Ashland, Wisconsin. And, I was Parochial Administrator of St. Mary’s Indian Mission in Odanah, Wisconsin, which serves an Ojibwe Native community. They are a very sacred people, and they take their Catholic faith very seriously. They adopted me, pretty much, and I miss them very much already. About 10 years ago, before I took solemn vows and was ordained, I

assisted at St. Benedict the Black Parish in Grambling, for roughly a year. So, I know the area a bit. I reconnected with some of my friends from that time just this last weekend. What is the most rewarding part of your priesthood so far? Celebrating the Eucharist is foremost in importance for me. Also, I LOVE to preach, and am told I do a nice job. I have given retreats using dance and movement as a vocabulary for prayer, which I also find fun and rewarding.

“When I got to know Franciscan Friars as friends, I started to become attracted to their mission, their way of life.” Tell us about a hobby or activity that you enjoy in your free time. Well, I do mixed media art pieces using quilting, computer art printed on silk, and embellishing with different things I find. I still do freelance choreography for different dance companies when the opportunity arises. Also, I like spending time with my dog, Agnes Opal of St. Hermoine, a plump Yorkshire Terrier, who is still on probation in the friary!

Diocese of Shreveport Non-Discriminatory School Policy August 2009, Shreveport, Louisiana


he Diocese of Shreveport School system re-affirms its non­discriminatory policy on the basis of race, sex, color, national, and ethnic origin in its educational programs, activities, and employment policies in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, and Sections 4.03 (a) and 4.03 (c) Revenue Procedure 75-50. All students, faculty members

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and staff, without exception, are admitted to all rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available at the schools which do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of its employment policies, admission policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administrated programs.

•St. John Berchmans Cathedral School, Shreveport •Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Academy, Shreveport • St. Joseph School, Shreveport • Loyola College Preparatory, Shreveport • Jesus the Good Shepherd, Monroe • Our Lady of Fatima, Monroe • St. Frederick High, Monroe – Sr. Carol Shively, O.S.U. Superintendent

Archbishop Gregory Aymond to Head Archdiocese of New Orleans


EW ORLEANS – Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, the first New Orleans native named to head the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its 216year history, said June 12 he was humbled by Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment and pledged to listen and minister to those who have been affected by the restructuring of the local church in the four years since Hurricane Katrina. Archbishop Aymond, 59, who has been Bishop of Austin, Texas, since 2000 and who previously served for 19 years as professor and then rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, succeeds Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes as the 14th Archbishop of New Orleans. Archbishop Hughes turned 75 on Dec. 2, 2007, and served for 18 months past the age limit established in canon law for bishops to submit their resignation to the pope. Archbishop Aymond will be formally installed as archbishop at an Aug. 20 Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, and Archbishop Hughes will act as administrator of the archdiocese until then. Archbishop Aymond said he would examine the pastoral plan necessitated by Hurricane Katrina and promised to meet with people who have been hurt by the closings of churches and schools. The archdiocese promulgated the final phase of its post-Katrina pastoral plan in April 2008, reducing the number of parishes from 142 to 108, citing a shortage of active priests, declining population and uninsured damage to churches, schools and other institutions. “I would be more than willing to reach out in a spirit of reconciliation to those who have been hurt, for whatever reasons, in the church,” Archbishop Aymond said. He said the “reorganization” of the archdiocese “was given a great deal of thought and prayer, and obviously I am not here to second guess my predecessor and the work that his staff did.” “But I certainly want to be a shepherd who would be willing to meet with people and talk to them and walk with them in a time of hurt … to make sure that the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is reaching out in all areas to care for the people,” Archbishop

Aymond said. Also present for the news conference was former Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, the still spry 96-yearold who served as the 11th archbishop from 1965-89 Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, the newly named archbishop of New and ordained Orleans, speaks to the media during a news conference at Notre Dame Archbishop Seminary in New Orleans June 12. Pope Benedict XVI named him to Aymond to the succeed Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, left. (CNS photo by Frank J. priesthood in Methe, Clarion Herald). 1975. parishes and schools. He called the Austin “I did a great job!” Archbishop Hannan campus ministry program a “a model for said with a laugh. outreach to young adults of college age.” “As you always do,” Archbishop Archbishop Hughes also asked Aymond replied. forgiveness of any parishioners hurt by Archbishop Francis B. Schulte, who the pastoral decisions he had to make in served as the 12th Archbishop of New the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Orleans from 1989-2002, was out of town. “The difficult decisions that I have New Orleans holds a rare distinction of been called upon to make have been having four living archbishops. made after careful consultation and Knowing the New Orleans prayerful discernment,” he said. Archdiocese as well as he does should “Inevitably, there will be those who differ benefit him in his ministry, Archbishop with me. … God grant the understanding Aymond said, although in some cases it and the healing that will enable us to be might prove to be a mixed blessing. the vibrant, evangelizing and eucharistic “There’s an old saying by Jesus that a church he calls us to be.” prophet is acceptable except in his own Archbishop Aymond traveled country,” Archbishop Aymond said, “so to Rome June 29 and received the I would hope that the prophet would be pallium, symbolic of the authority of a acceptable in his own native land. One metropolitan archbishop, from Pope of the fears is that I have been away for Benedict XVI. nine years, and so I want to reconnect “Even as I returned to New Orleans with people and with the unique and for vacations and to visit family and wonderful culture that exists here – very friends, never in my wildest dreams did Catholic and very spiritual. I want to I ever think I would be back here as make sure I take the time to do that.” archbishop and doing ministry as the Archbishop Hughes, who will remain shepherd of this church,” Archbishop in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Aymond said. “But I accept that devote much of his time to spiritual responsibility knowing that I will depend direction and retreat work, said he was on God and God’s help. … I promise to thrilled that Archbishop Aymond has the stay close to the Lord in order that I can distinction of coming home to work with fulfill my episcopal ministry faithfully. the people he knows best. “Certainly, like anyone else taking on “You are no stranger to us all,” new responsibilities, I have questions Archbishop Hughes said. and fears, but I will place those in the He applauded Archbishop Aymond hands of the Lord. God will walk with for overseeing tremendous growth in the me and God will walk in front of me, Austin Diocese over the last nine years, showing me the way.” including an increase in the number of –Peter Finney, Clarion Herald 9

Pope Discusses Bioethics, G-8 Summit with Obama at Vatican

U.S. President Barack Obama presents a stole as a gift to Pope Benedict XVI as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama looks on at the Vatican July 10. (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo/pool) (July 10, 2009).


ATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church’s position on bioethical issues got marked attention during Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama July 10. In addition to giving Obama a copy of his latest encyclical, which the pope has been presenting to visiting heads of state since its release July 7, the pope also presented a copy of the Vatican document on biomedical ethics, “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of a Person”). When presenting the gifts after their 35-minute closed-door meeting, the pope gave Obama a signed, white leather-bound copy of the encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”), then indicated the light-green soft-cover instruction on bioethics issued last December by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “On, what we discussed earlier,” said Obama, referring to their closed-door discussions. “I will have some reading to do on the plane.” Obama was given the instruction to help him better understand the church’s position on bioethics, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, papal secretary, told journalists covering the visit. Obama arrived at the Vatican shortly before 4 p.m., and a squad of Swiss Guards saluted him in the St. Damasus Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace. U.S. Archbishop James Harvey, prefect of the papal household, was the first to greet the president, and he accompanied Obama to a meeting with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state. Pope Benedict and Obama sat at a desk in the papal library and discussed the G-8 summit -- the meeting of the world’s wealthy industrialized countries, which concluded that morning in L’Aquila, Italy. The summit focused on the economic crisis, climate change and global tensions. The pope and Obama discussed issues that represent “a great challenge for the future of every nation and for the true progress of peoples, such as the defense and promotion of life and the right to abide by one’s conscience,” according to a Vatican statement released after the audience. The two men also discussed world issues addressed at the G-8 summit, as well as immigration and the issue of reuniting families, the Vatican statement said. The meeting with the pope and a separate 20-minute meeting

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with Cardinal Bertone also touched on international politics, such as the peace process in the Middle East, “on which there was general agreement.” “Dialogue between cultures and religions, the global economic crisis and its ethical implications, food security, development aid -- especially for Africa and Latin America -- and the problem of drug trafficking” were discussed, the Vatican said. “Finally, the importance of educating young people everywhere in the value of tolerance was highlighted,” it said. At the end of the meeting, Pope Benedict told the president, “A blessing on all your work and also for you.” The president responded: “Thank you very much. We look forward to building a strong relationship between our countries.” The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters after the audience that “great serenity and great cordiality” characterized the meeting. Father Lombardi said he spoke with the pope after the meeting and the pope “seemed extremely satisfied with how the meeting went.” He said the pope found Obama to be “attentive and ready to listen.” “The president explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions and to listen to the church’s concerns on moral issues,” he said. After their closed-door meeting, Obama introduced the pope to his wife, Michelle, their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson. There was a private exchange of gifts and a moment for photographs. The pope gave each of the girls a silver key chain with a bas-relief image of the pope, and Michelle Obama and Robinson each received a papal medal. In addition to the encyclical and Vatican bioethics document, Pope Benedict gave Obama a mosaic showing St. Peter’s Basilica and Square and a medal marking the fifth year of his pontificate. The president told the pope the mosaic, which was made in the Vatican’s mosaic studio, “was very beautiful” and would have “a place of honor” in the White House. The president gave the pope a liturgical stole that had been on the remains of St. John Neumann, the first U.S. male citizen to be proclaimed a saint. St. John Neumann, Philadelphia’s fourth bishop, is enshrined in a glass casket under an altar at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia. New vestments have been placed on his remains four times since his 1860 death -- in 1903, 1962, 1989 and 2008. The pope thanked the president for the gift and looked very pleased, saying the saint had been “a wonderful person.” The saint was a Redemptorist priest, and the Baltimore province of the order gave Obama the stole, which had been removed from the casket in 2008. Father Lombardi told reporters that giving the pope such a relic was “a sign of care, of sensitivity.” – Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooten Catholic News Service

Andrew Dinner

Diocese of Shreveport Welcomes New Seminarian

Jerry Daigle Jr.


here are millions of vocations and each of us are called to one in particular. Whether you are called to be a lawyer or sales clerk, we all have a vocation. The hard part is knowing which is for you. What if you are called to a vocation a bit out of the ordinary? What if you are called to the priesthood or religious life – would you be able to answer that call? The Andrew Dinner invites young men from various parishes to learn about the priesthood. The title Andrew Dinner comes from the Gospel of John when Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist, heard the testimony of Jesus. Andrew at once recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and hastened to introduce him to his brother Simon Peter, who would later be known as the first Pope of the Catholic Church. On May 30, the Office of Vocations and Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd hosted its own Andrew Dinner. During the dinner Fr. Norsworthy spoke on the many different challenges and joys of being a priest he has had over the years. After his talk, Fr. Norsworthy joined Fr. Job Scaria, Fr. Joseph Puthuppally and myself for a panel discussion on how we came to hear the call to the priesthood. We each told our vocation stories of how we heard our call and walked, and are walking, the path to priesthood. We spoke of our trials and some of the sacrifices we have had to make to do this. We also spoke of all the joy, love and kindness we have experienced. During the meal I got a chance to talk to some of the young men and their parents who attended the event. Most of them were already involved in their churches. They were altar servers, ushers and some even youth ministers. They all believed they had a calling to do something in the church, however only one was considering the idea of priesthood. Most were there because a parent or pastor believed they had the makings of a good priest and asked them to attend. I told them the people who asked them to attend saw within them the ability to be a priest, and that some never hear the call to the priesthood until someone tells them they have the makings of a priest. I also told them I don’t know any priest who ever thought they were the perfect person to be a priest, but they still went on because the call to live this life was too great and their love for Christ was too strong to ignore. If you believe that you have a calling to the priesthood or the religious life I ask you to take some time to think and pray about it, and most of all listen to what God is calling you to do. If you know a friend, associate or loved one who you see as having the qualities of a good priest, please tell them what you think, talk to them, pray for them or even take them to another Andrew Dinner. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. – Joshua McLean Sanders, Seminarian


he Diocese of Shreveport has accepted as a seminarian a man from Monroe who is active in various Church organizations and parishes. Jerry J. Daigle, Jr., a 40-year-old cradle Catholic, was born and baptized in Donaldsonville, LA and lived in west Texas before settling some years ago in Monroe. Jerry has experience in business administration and personnel management. For the last 12 years, he has been a manager with AT&T in Monroe. He has been a member of St. Matthew Church where he has served for eight years as a lector and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He has also been a member of the parish pastoral council, Knights of Columbus and most recently a vocation awareness leader. Jerry has also been a member of the community council of the Catholic campus ministry at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in communicative disorders in 1992. For six years, Jerry served on the National Advisory Board of the National Safe Place, an organization that provides access to immediate help and support resources for young people in crisis through a national network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. For 13 years he served Our House, Help for Teens, in a variety of ways, including street outreach and the board of directors. Our House provides immediate assistance to the youth of northeast Louisiana by offering shelter, crisis intervention and referral. Jerry said he thought of the priesthood even as a young boy, but his vocational calling needed to mature as he did. His time in charity work opened his eyes to the value of priests in society, so much so that his vocational call continued to grow stronger until he yielded to what God put in his heart. Jerry will enter Pre-Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, where he will join diocesan seminarian John Bosco Nyirenda. Jerry says he is looking forward to falling into his “bookworm” ways at the seminary. Daigle said he is most looking forward to learning, “how philosophy and theology apply to our lives and make us stronger and closer to the Lord.” – Fr. David Richter, Director of Vocations 11

Cover Story

Catholic Schools

A Success for Students & Community

Sister John Mary, principal at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Academy, reads to the students.

By Sister Carol Shively, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Why are the Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Schools successful? The easiest way for me to answer this question is simply to suggest that you first: Look at today’s parents. Our parents most often indicate the primary reasons for sending their children to Catholic schools are the schools’ record of academic excellence, emphasis on values and supportive environment. Look at research. Research studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Catholic schools and the superior performance of Catholic school students over students in state-controlled schools. The results of the 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress Tests (most recent available) show students in Catholic schools, who make up over 70% of the students in independent schools, outperform students in government-controlled schools in all areas. Some would claim that we cannot place too much emphasis on these scores because not all the rigors of educational research were followed. Yet the overwhelming higher achievement of Catholic school students in every subject, at every grade level and in every test year cannot be ignored.

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Why the Success? Those committed to Catholic schools are convinced that our students succeed because of: A rigorous curriculum. “A Nation at Risk,” a national study by the U.S. government, indicated that the country was in economic danger because of the low achievement of students in government-controlled schools. Further study showed that students were not taking the courses that their parents had taken in secondary schools. Many of the courses they were now taking had been considerably “watered down,” according to this report. This was not and is not the case in Catholic schools. Catholic schools have a very clear goal for their students. The vast majority of their students advance to college (100% in our diocese) and graduate from college. The programs in elementary and secondary schools prepare students for this goal. Therefore, most students take four years of mathematics, history, English, science, foreign language and, of course, religious studies. In addition, students are held to a high standard of achievement. Class and homework assignments challenge students. Self-discipline with a Christian focus. The emphasis placed on external discipline in Catholic schools attempts

St. Joseph School students pray during All Schools Mass in Shreveport.

Jesus the Good Shepherd students and Father Mark Watson celebrate Advent.

to foster self-discipline. Catholic schools seek to develop the Christ-like person. Part of being Christ-like requires people to accept responsibility for their actions and to respect others. The rules established in Catholic schools foster growth in the value of self-responsibility. Catholic school students are taught to recognize the presence of Christ in themselves and others. This reverence for people permeates all aspects of school life. To be involved in drugs, alcohol or violence is to be antiChrist. Catholic schools are not merely “Gun-free Zones,” “Drug-free Zones” or “Violence-free Zones.” They seek to be “Christ-centered Zones.” These attitudes hopefully will carry over into adult life so the homes of Catholic school graduates will be “Christ-centered Homes.” High expectations. You have heard many times the famous line, “Sister said.” Perhaps the most frequent thing that Sister said was, “I know you can and will succeed.” The sisters expected every student to achieve. In my first year teaching, I showed my students’ grades to the principal, Sister Pat Rhoten, who examined them and asked, “What did you do that four students failed math?” Sister Pat helped me to see that the students did not fail. I failed the students. Research from many fields has shown the importance of high expectations. Not only do sisters and teachers have high expectations of their students, but they communicate this to their students, who internalize this value. This, in turn, enhances their self-concept. Of the many gifts Catholic school teachers give to this country, this determination that

Loyola College Prep Students sing during All Schools Mass in the gynasium.

children will learn is one of their greatest gifts. Commitment of parents. Parents are the first educators of their children in time, importance, effect, commitment and many other ways. The school serves the parents and works with them for the good of children. Catholic schools have capitalized on this concept and insist parents take an active part in their children’s education. When parents register their children, they are told the program and asked to commit themselves to work with the school. When some difficulty arises, parents are immediately contacted and asked, “What can we do together to solve this problem?” Not only are Catholic school parents committed to their own children’s education, they are committed to their schools. Each year the over 5,000 parents of Catholic school students provide hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer service to their schools. Parents have built schools, assisted in the office, taught classes, taken students on trips and performed hundreds of other services. Challenges we face. As Catholic education moves forward, special attention must be focused on these challenges: Staffing. After the students themselves, teachers are Catholic schools’ most precious assets. The Catholic identity of the school, the academic program, the modeling for the students depends upon the faculty. Today, many Catholic school educators graduate from state colleges and universities. As a result they lack many years of instruction

Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Schools

Our Lady of Fatima School Monroe • 318-387-1851

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Monroe• 318-325-8569

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Academy Shreveport • 318-222-5051

Loyola College Prep Shreveport • 318-221-2675

St. Frederick High School Monroe • 318-323-9636

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St. John Berchmans Cathedral School Shreveport • 318-221-6005 St. Joseph School Shreveport • 318-865-3585


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in a Catholic environment. Finances. Finances have been a problem from the time the first Catholic school opened in the country. Today this issue represents a two-edged sword. Catholic schools have a much lower per-pupil cost than the state schools. One reason for this is the salaries of their educators are only about half those of teachers in government schools. One of the main reasons why the salaries are so low is the desire of administrators to keep tuition down so Catholic schools remain affordable for all children. How do we solve this dilemma? The current movement to provide full and fair parental choice in education seeks to give all parents the means to send their children to the schools they know are best for them, whether they be government-sponsored or independent. Catholics should become familiar with this justice issue and get involved. Finances will remain a problem for Catholic schools until elected officials respond to the call of millions of citizens to assist all parents with the education of their children. At the same time, Catholics must increase their giving to Catholic schools as many Catholics did a few generations ago. Support for Catholic schools is the responsibility of all Catholics. These challenges must not distract us from one of

the biggest selling points for Catholic schools. Outside sacramental programs, Catholic schools have done more for evangelization than any other American Church institution. For over 200 years, they have been the most effective means of helping youth grow in their faith. As they face the challenges, they will continue to have a profound impact on the Catholic Church and the American nation. •

St. Frederick High School Students kneel during All Schools Mass in Monroe.

ACRE Test Scores The ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education) test is an assessment of religious education, proficiency, and practices given by the Catholic Schools to students in grades 5, 8, and 11. The four major divisions of the Catechism, Part One: The Profession of Faith; Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery; Part Three: Life in Christ; and


Profession of Faith

Part Four: Christian Prayer recall the fourfold division of the Catechism of the Council of Trent (also called the Roman Catechism) promulgated in 1566. This structural arrangement often referred to as the Pillars presents a succession of movements: The Church believing, celebrating, living and praying.

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Right: St. John Berchmans Cathedral School students celebrate Science Olympiad win.

Terra Nova Achievement Test The Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Schools use the Terra Nova Achievement Test 3rd edition from the CTB/McGraw Hill Company to measure the skills of our students while allowing us to compare our performance of students throughout the country. This test was normed in 2007 and the scores are reported in percentiles. A percentile shows the performance of students who fell below a particular score on the test. For example, a percentile of 60 would show that the average student in our school scored equal to or better than 60 percent of all students who took the test. These scores are for the test given in the spring of 2009.

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The Catholic Schools believe that each person is a sacred individual. We believe that each person is a significant and essential part of the whole Body of Christ, both called and destined by God for continued growth and maturity. It is the primary responsibility of the schools to create a truly Catholic, Christian environment in which each student can become more aware of his/ her self-worth and seek fulfillment at all levels of development. Our Catholic Schools are committed to instilling values, morals and proper attitudes. We uphold a standard of order and discipline to teach students responsibility, accountability and respect. We prepare each student for life in this world and in eternity with the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. The faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to carrying out their Christ-inspired vocations. Their commitment and sacrifice are inspiring and help form a familial bond that exists between personnel and students. 15

YOUTH EVENTS Day on Cross Lake 2008.

Youth Paintball


Saturday, August 1

oin us for an action-packed day at OFF Limits Paintball, located at 608 Robinson Road in Elm Grove. High school age youth should meet up at the field at 9:00 am. Cost for the day’s equipment is $27. For more information, please contact Blake Royal at St. Jude Church at 318-746-2508.

Luau & Pool Party Friday, August 21


n Friday, Aug. 21 Catholic Youth of the Diocese of Shreveport and Barksdale Air Force Base are invited to a pool party at the North Gate pool on base for food and fun. The party will last from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Please RSVP by August 16 by calling or emailing Sharon Dewitt, 318-456-6107 or

Upcoming Events August 14: 8th Annual Blue Mass honoring all Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Personnel at Holy Trinity Church, 9:00 a.m. August 15: Magnificat Prayer Bunch featuring Joan

Gahagan. 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Activities Center at St. Jude Catholic Church. Following a soul searching journey of struggle and resistance, Joan converted to the Catholic Church and practiced her faith. Yet, her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ was not an intimate or personal one. Joan Gahagan During these years she found herself in the midst of worldly distractions and difficult trials which almost destroyed her marriage and her faith. Following a divine appointment and a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit, Joan began a journey of healing and restoration. The Magnificat is a ministry for Catholic women and this day is set aside to speak to the hearts of women. Reservations should be made prior to August 12 by calling Barbara McAlister at 318-747-7029 .

August 22: Day of Spiritual Reflection for Catechists at Christ the King Church in Bossier City at 9:00am. This

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A Day on Cross Lake Saturday, August 8


ome one, come all to a day filled with fun, food and music hosted by Sacred Heart Church and cosponsored by the Knights of Columbus. There will be lots of activities including boating, tubing, skiing, volleyball and bingo, just to name a few; and of course there will be a place to sit back and eat your hamburgers and hot dogs, listen to the music and watch a magic show. Grab your friends and family and meet us at Sacred Heart Church, 4736 Lyba St. between 10:30 and 11:00 am or go to 2914 Moss Point on Cross Lake for some fun in the sun on Cross Lake. All are invited, the more the merrier! Requirements for the day: 1. Permission slips signed by parents 2. Adult supervision for every 5 people under the age of 17. 3. RSVP with expected total to attend. Please email Deacon Clary Nash at or call 207-0234 for more information and registration. day will be an opportunity to reflect on Scripture, including its pertinence to the vocation as a catechist and deepening relationships with Christ to be more effective in ministry. Registration deadline is August 14. To register, contact Dianne Rachal 318-219-7310.

September 10: JustFaith is a scripture-based adult formation program which looks at poverty and compassion for the poor through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Justfaith will begin Thursday, September 10, from 6:00 -8:30 p.m. at St Joseph Church in Shreveport. This 30-week program is an educational and transformational experience. Through prayer, immersion experiences, books and videos, participants encounter poverty in such a way that they experience transformation and are drawn to respond to the needs of our broken world. It is a deep spiritual journey lived in the context of a small faith community. For more information, call Jane Snyder at St. Joseph, 865-3581. September 27: The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport is holding their annual Parish Festival in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of the St. John Berchmans Grade School. It begins after the 11:00 a.m.

Mass at the Cathedral. Plenty of food and kid-friendly entertainment. The school would like to hear from any Alumni for special information that they are gathering and for special anniversary presentations. Proceeds from the event will go to the school’s scholarship fund. For more information, contact the Cathedral at 318-221-5296.

Sunset Mass with Hispanic Workers

New Principal for Our Lady of Fatima School


Father Mark Watson concelebrates Mass in Spanish for migrant farm workers in Delhi, Louisiana. Photo by John Mark Willcox.


ust a hint of a hot breeze wafted over a makeshift altar as Bishop Michael Duca completed Eucharistic prayers, but this was not an ordinary church setting, nor was it a normal Mass that most are familiar with. This liturgy was special, held entirely in Spanish and delivered to a congregation who had just spent a long day planting sweet potatoes in the vast, dusty fields of Northeast Louisiana. Located seven miles south of Delhi, Louisiana, the faithful gathered within a packing warehouse used to prepare sweet potatoes for delivery. Each planting and harvest season, thousands of migrant farm workers arrive in our diocese to take on the intense labor required to make the land profitable. While they may arrive tired and in need of wages, they also arrive Catholic and Fr. Mark Watson and the people of Jesus the Good Shepherd have spent the past several years trying to provide sacramental comfort and strength to those who toil in our fields. Fr. Mark loves this part of his priesthood and is proud of what his parishioners at Good Shepherd have accomplished by way of outreach to these special guests. Almost all of these seasonal members of our faith community are Hispanic, and have never benefitted from a course in English. “I am fortunate to be fluent in Spanish so I can not only say Mass, but also hear their confessions and preach to the faithful in their native tongue,” comments Fr. Mark. “They are active in their faith and have such a rich tradition of Catholicism to share with their fellow Catholics in the Eastern Deanery.” Minutes later,

Fr. Mark preaches to the faithful about the feast of Corpus Christi and the importance of the Eucharist in our lives. He is at ease with the second language he adopted prior to his ordination. A language that now enables him to serve as a priest to fellow Catholics of a different culture. As Bishop Duca leads the faithful through the Liturgy of the Eucharist, out of respect and adoration, scores of knees drop to a concrete floor coated with a light sheen of alluvial dirt. The late afternoon sun drifts in through halfraised loading dock panels as the indoor temperature hovers in the mid-90’s. Despite the heat, those gathered keep their focus on Bishop Duca until the Eucharistic prayers are completed. Following Mass, gifts of rosaries and toiletries are distributed, and farm owner Lev Dawson surveys the gathering with a look of satisfaction on his face. “These people you see work very hard and they are good folks,” he explains. “I was fortunate this year because I got such a good group for my planting season. I’m glad we can provide this for them because they are devout about their faith and deserve a chance to worship while they are so far from home.” Twilight now envelopes the flat fields that provide sustenance to so many, as the visitors bid farewell and board the bus for the trip back to Monroe. Bishop Duca finishes conversing with small groups of the faithful. “This was a great experience for me,” notes a happy Bishop Duca. “These are wonderful people with a real sense of their faith.” – John Mark Willcox, Development

ur Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School will begin the ’09-’10 school year with new leadership as Donna Eichhorn joins the faculty as Donna Eichhorn principal. Eichhorn comes to Our Lady of Fatima after serving 19 years as a professor of Occupational Therapy at University of Louisiana at Monroe and recently as interim O.T. Department Head. She has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima church since moving to Monroe from Metairie in 1983 to attend college. She holds a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a Masters in Education. According to Eichhorn, she is very excited about expanding on the many opportunities that a Fatima education provides. “My goals include enhancing Our Lady of Fatima as an academically excellent school that is truly rooted in the Catholic Faith,” said Eichhorn. One particularly important benefit that Fatima provides for students is smaller class sizes that enable more personalized, one-on-one education. Eichhorn believes strongly in Catholic education as she is a product of St. Catherine of Sienna as well as Archbishop Chapelle High School, both in Metairie, and has made sure her four children have all received Catholic educations in Monroe by sending them to Fatima and St. Frederick High School. Our Lady of Fatima School is located in Monroe and serves close to 200 students from northeast Louisiana in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information about Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, please visit our website at – Missy McKenzie 17

Hispanic Corner

Nuestra Página Si hablas Dos Idiomas Vales por Dos

cuando su papá dice que sta frase es comúnmente usada por los vendedores de programas su familia como de inglés; nosotros como inmigrante Cristianos Católicos tenemos que tiene que ir más allá y preguntarnos: ¿Cuánto esforzarse más valgo si conozco mi Fe? Todo doblemente aprendizaje comienza en el hogar en todo ya que desde chiquitos nuestros padres nos educan según lo que ellos para quedar bien con este país, y con su país de origen. Pues bien, los conocen de su cultura y tradiciones. invito no a valer dos como dicen los En este país, nuestros hijos tienen la vendedores sino a valer mucho más oportunidad de hablar dos idiomas aprendiendo el idioma ingles, viviendo y vivir dos culturas pero por nuestra las dos culturas y conociendo nuestra falta de conocimiento del idioma, de fe, la fe en Dios Padre, de acuerdo al la cultura y más aún de nuestra fe ejemplo de Jesucristo. ¡Es hora de que católica, no vivimos plenamente. Vivir en plenitud es conocer y saber nos eduquemos en familia! La Diócesis está ofreciendo que le pertenecemos a Dios en cuerpo oportunidades de preparación y alma y tratar todos los días de vivir pastoral para que a su vez los como nos enseña Jesús. Nos hemos preguntado: ¿Cómo estamos educando estudiantes vayan a sus comunidades y evangelicen según las necesidades a nuestros hijos? ¿Dejamos que la de su parroquia. Tendremos clases educación pública se encargue de educarlos? ¿Se nos olvida que nosotros de Ingles (ESL), Estudio de Biblia, Formación de Fe tanto para niños somos sus primeros maestros? como para adultos, preparación para La realidad es que no les damos Sacramentos, grupo juvenil, escuela oportunidad de conocer nuestras raíces y muchas veces tampoco de que de padres, etc. Te reto no solo a hablar los dos idiomas y a vivir las conozcan la cultura estadounidense y cuando se trata de nuestra fe católica, dos culturas si no a que de verdad ni se diga…. ¡Estamos muy atrasados! conozcas tu fe católica y ya no valdrás Recordemos la película de “Selena” por dos ni por cuatro sino que: ¡No


Misas Bossier City: Christ the King 425 McCormick St. Bossier City Domingo 3:00 p.m. Representante: Marilú Rodriguez Tel: 318-286-1492 Farmerville: Our Lady of Perpetual Help 600 E. Water Street, Farmerville Sábado 7:00 p.m. Representante: Maria Lopez Tel: 318-285-9145 Mansfield: St. Joseph 305 Jefferson Street, Mansfield 2do

Domingo 2:00 p.m. y 3er Martes 6:30 p.m. Representante: Teresa Pérez Tel: 318-871-8037 Minden: St. Paul 410 Fincher Road, Minden Viernes 7:00 p.m. Representante: Margarita Bratton Tel: 318-377-9684 Oak Grove: Sacred Heart 201 Purvis St, Oak Grove Domingo 5:00 p.m. Representantes: Feliciano y Rosa Alviso Martinez Tel: 318-428-2137

Tendrás Precio! Recuerda: ¡La mejor herencia que les puedes dar a tus hijos no es dinero sino sabiduría!

Calendario Diocesano de los Meses de Agosto Del 25 de Julio Al 3 de Agosto – Taller de Asesores Adultos para la Pastoral Juvenil, Orlando, FL Jueves 13 – Reunión de Directores Diocesanos de Luisiana. Baton Rouge Sábado 15 – Celebración del día del Papá Miércoles 26 – Taller Diocesano “Protegiendo a Los Hijos de Dios” en el que se aprende como reconocer cuando hay abuso. Padres de familia y voluntarios están invitados Del 28 al 30 – Taller Diocesano de preparación de catequistas para todos los niveles.

Ruston: St. Thomas Aquinas 810 Carey Ave, Ruston 2do y 4to Domingo 2:30 p.m. Representante: Soledad Broyles Tel: 318-243-1958 Shreveport: St. Mary of the Pines 1050 Bert Kouns Ind Lp., Shreveport Domingos 1:00 p.m. Representante: Carmen Bradford Tel: 318-671-9111 West Monroe: St. Paschal 711 N 7th Street, W. Monroe Domingo 2:30 p.m. Representante: Lorena Chaparro Tel: 318-651-9136

Rosalba Quiroz, Directora Interina del Ministerio Hispano 318-219-7265 • Blanca Belaire, Secretaria 318-219-7257 Rev. Al Jost, Coordinador de La Vicaría del Este • 318-243-0115

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Zwolle Ladies Group Visits Catholic Center


n June 9, ladies from St. Joseph, Zwolle visited the Catholic Center for a tour of the facilities and lunch with Bishop Duca. Christine Rivers, Chancellor, told the informative and interesting hisory of the Catholic Center, including the involvement of the Daughters of the Cross, a once thriving community of nuns who brought their ministry from France over 150 years ago. Of particular interest was the extreme courage and deep abiding faith that gave the sisters strength and courage to overcome numerous obstacles. When establishing the community at Fairfield Plantation, then on the outskirts of Shreveport, the sisters suffered droughts, yellow fever epidemics, fires and land and economic upheavals throughout their history there. From Mother Hyacinth to the present day leader of the community, these women gave strength of character and years of fantastic Catholic education to all the young men and ladies who fell in their

shadow. Purchased by the diocese in 1999, the school and convent were remodeled to serve as the administrative offices of the bishop and the chancery, as well as provide a residence for the bishop and priests of the diocese. The visiting ladies Chancellor Christine Rivers relays the history of the Catholic Center to visitors from Zwolle. represented several circles from St. Joseph. group for the tour and information in the The circles handle the upkeep of the Archives. sanctuary and preparation for liturgies After the tour Bishop Duca, Fr. David, as well as hosting a number of social Christine Rivers and Randy Tiller, activities in the parish and Zwolle area. Director of Mission Effectiveness hosted They were interested in seeing the a lunch for the visitors. Bishop’s office and other ministries at It was a great opportunity for many of the Catholic Center with which they were the ladies to see the Catholic Center, a familiar; Greco Institute, the Tribunal, first for many of them. Bishop Duca’s Chancery and particularly Fr. David greeting said it all, “Welcome to your Richter’s office—a past pastor and close Catholic Center, we are glad to have you friend of many of the parishioners in visit and hope you enjoy the tour.” attendance. Bishop Duca joined the –Randy Tiller, Mission Effectiveness

Monroe School History Honored by Prayer Garden

who attended school downtown at St. Matthew left behind their comfortable surroundings and their beloved school for the Christmas break only to return spring semester to a brand-new school in north Monroe on ow does an area only 4% Catholic, Westminster Avenue: St. Frederick High sustain Catholic education for over 145 years? What is it in this rich soil School. The Daughters of the Cross who that has allowed St. Frederick High School had staffed St. Matthew came to staff this school as well. One can only imagine the to take root and flourish? mixed feelings this move brought for the In 1864 St. Hyacinth Academy was St. Matthew students and their families founded on the banks of the Ouachita River in Monroe. It was the first Catholic who were so devoted to their beautiful school downtown. But move they did, and school in this area, and served Catholic so began the next chapter in the journey of families until the fall of 1927 when St. Catholic education in Monroe. Matthew Parochial School opened. St. That is, by no means, the end of the Matthew was well-loved by its students and families. The Daughters of the Cross story. Another important piece of St. Frederick’s legacy is their connection staffed the school for the lifetime of its with Little Flower Academy, the African service to Monroe and are remembered American Catholic school in Monroe. In fondly by their former students. the late 1960’s a decision was made to St. Matthew School served the close the high school division of Little Catholic community until 1965. During Flower and encourage its students to the fall of 1964, high school students


attend St. Frederick. Considering the time in which this consolidation occurred, the Franciscan sisters chose to do what was morally right in the face of some local opposition. The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, who staffed Little Flower, agreed to continue their service at St. Frederick. The transition was difficult for those students, but the result was an integrated Catholic school which held true to the Church’s teachings. On May 17th, homage was paid to that history at the dedication of the St. Matthew Prayer Garden. The garden is in honor and memory of those who have been integral in building a foundation for Catholic education in Monroe. A beautiful statue of St. Matthew, carved in Italy of solid granite, is at the center of the garden, along with four benches and landscaped plants and shade trees. The garden is the culmination of the dreams and generosity of many St. Matthew alumni as well as current and former students of St. Frederick and Little Flower, to honor the people and institutions who have worked to build a solid foundation for St. Frederick High School. – Missy McKenzie 19

Around the Diocese... L

Lauren Peters Receives the Alene Kaylor Scholarship auren Ashley Peters, a graduate of Loyola College Prep, is the recipient of the 2009 Alene Kaylor Scholarship. Ms. Peters was recognized for this achievement by Rev. Pike Thomas during Mass at St. Jude Church in Bossier City. The scholarship was established in 1986 by Court Msgr. J. V. Plauche #1761 to honor the memory of one of its charter members, who died in April of that year while serving as Louisiana State Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. The $1,000 scholarship is offered by the Court on a competitive basis. It recognizes the above average high school graduate, who is a practicing Catholic in Bossier Parish. Lauren volunteers for numerous community and church service projects, and is an outstanding student. She is the daughter of Linda and Richard Peters. Lauren plans to attend Northwestern University of Louisiana, where she will study kinesiology and mathematics. – Nancy Robichaux

CHRISTUS Schumpert's Adult Day Health Care Treats Group Members to Sing-Along good old-fashioned gospel sing-along is a much-awaited treat for participants in CHRISTUS Schumpert’s Adult Day Health Center. Sr. Sharon Rambin, who oversees the center, said the group grows bigger every month. Led by Schumpert Chaplain Fr. James McLelland, who plays piano and sings along with them. The group likes religious songs. “Jesus Loves Me” is the favorite, but the group is branching out as they have more time to sing together on the first Thursday of each month. The center provides activities, supervision and care for adults with disabilities and Alzheimer’s Disease. It is open during daytime hours for families who need respite, care for a loved one during work hours or just time to run an errand. Along with the gospel singing, Sr. Sharon has introduced other activities such as pea-shelling. A daily Bible-reading activity resulted in the group reading cover-to-cover. – Sally Croom


Father Larry Niehoff Celebrates 45th Anniversary to the Priesthood


n May 17, 2009 St. Joseph, Mansfield and St. Ann Chapel celebrated Father Edmund A. “Larry” Niehoff’s 45th year in the priesthood. A potluck dinner was served and Father Larry was presented with a beautiful new Chalice to replace the one that was broken. Bishop Duca was in attendance to congratulate Father Niehoff. A good time was had by all and I would like to thank everyone involved in making this special occasion possible. – Jo Ann Beason & Mae Weaver

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Confirmation at St. Paschal Church t. Paschal Confirmation group picture with Bishop Michael Duca and Father Frank Coens on May 30, 2009. – Sr. Edith Schnell


Msgr. Edmund Moore To Celebrate 50th Anniversary to Priesthood

Sacred Heart Youth Turn Service Work into Appeal Donation hen the youth group of Shreveport’s Sacred Heart of Jesus Church completed a recent service project, they decided the best use of money they earned was to donate it to our Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal. These young people were asked to serve at a gathering of the Knights of Columbus Council #3779 and the Ladies Auxiliary at their annual “Appreciation Banquet.” Not only did the youth group prepare salad and dinner plates for serving over 100 guests, but they cleaned up afterward and received a monetary gift in appreciation for their service. “They thought the best use of their donation was to give it to the Appeal,” comments Church Youth Director Charles “Taco” Mejia, III. “These kids worked hard and I am proud of what they chose to do with the donation they received.” Thank you young people of Sacred Heart for this fine example of Christian Stewardship!



n thanksgiving for 50 years of dedicated service to the people of the Diocese of Shreveport and especially to the people of the Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd, a Mass and reception will be held for Msgr. Edmund Moore. The celebration will take place on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm. The reception will take place in the JGS School Gym immediately following the Mass. All are invited to this celebration of Msgr. Moore’s ministry.

New Catholic Daughters of America Officers Elected


First Communion at St. Joseph Church in Mansfield irst Communion Class of St. Joseph Catholic Church Mansfield was one all of the children and their parents will never forget. It was an old fashion time of spring storms, no electricity, no music, and the doors of the church were wide open with a cool breeze blowing through. The rain did hold off until after the ceremony and reception was over so everyone could get home safe and sound.


ouisiana State Catholic Daughters held their 43rd Biennial Convention in Alexandria, April 29-May 3, 2009. Pictured here are the newly elected State Officers: State Regent Gloria Newman of Lake Charles; 1st Vice State Regent Joyce Stein of Vacherie; 2nd Vice State Regent Ellen Corbello of Iowa; State Secretary Pat Myers of Lake Charles; and State Treasurer Barbara Delafosse of Ville Platte. Gloria, Ellen and Pat are from the Diocese of Lake Charles, Joyce is from the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Barbara is from the Diocese of Lafayette. 21

Rogers Loupe Leaves a Lifetime Legacy to Sabine Parish

town and civil parish he loved so much. Mr. Loupe was a very active Catholic and is recognized as the organizer of the very first St. Joseph Church Bazaar in 1956, co-founder of Council #4818 of the Knights of Columbus in 1959, and Grand Knight of that council from 1961-67. He served on St. Joseph’s parish councils, was an usher for 28 years, and was involved in almost every facet of parish life including vocations, liturgy, evangelization, buildings and grounds, finance and education. Former Pastors from St. Joseph can attest to his positive impact on one of the largest Catholic faith communities within our diocesan boundaries. “He knew everybody and was known by everybody,” comments Rev. Msgr. Earl V. Provenza, Pastor of Rogers Loupe, an active Catholic in Zwolle and St. Joseph from 1985-88. “Loupe founder of the Zwolle Tamale Festival, pictured got along with everyone young here as a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. or old and supported the priests and the Church without ever nown quite simply as the looking at his watch. He just gave and creator of Zwolle’s renowned Tamale Festival, Rogers P. gave and he always did it with a smile Loupe left this world in May, and he on his face.” will be missed at his home parish of In addition to his dedicated St. Joseph Catholic Church – Zwolle, involvement with St. Joseph Church, perhaps more than anywhere in the


Mr. Loupe also had a deep love of the surrounding community of Sabine Parish, his adopted home after being raised in the South Louisiana town of Whitehall. It was this desire to showcase the unique cultural environment of the region that led him to found Zwolle’s Tamale Festival in 1976. Over 30 years later, thousands of people flock to the area each October to sample the famous tamales and enjoy what has become one of Louisiana’s favorite fall traditions. The Citizens of Sabine Parish honored Mr. Loupe in 2000, by inducting him into the parish Hall of Fame, joining T. D. Nichols and Retired Judge John S. Pickett, Jr. as the only other members of this prestigious club. He also received the Bishop’s medal for outstanding Catholic leadership in 1977 and was a faithful supporter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A teacher, a leader and a true Christian gentleman, Rogers Loupe will be fondly remembered in Sabine Parish and the town of Zwolle. Those at his Church home are more than aware that he leaves his love of the Lord and others as his greatest legacy. – John Mark Willcox, Communications & Development

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Wednesday Thursday



Knights of St. Peter Claver Convention, New Orleans

Alphonsus Liguori, bishop & doctor

Priest Retirement Committee Meeting, Catholic Center, 11am

Fr. Joe Martina's 20th Anniversary to the Priesthood

Convocation of Priests 9:30am-3:00pm, Catholic Center

Protecting God's Children, Catholic Center, 6pm

John Mary Vianney, priest

Dedication of Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome

Deadline for September Issue of Catholic Connection

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 25th Anniversary Mass, 11:00am

Leadership of Women Religious Conference Begins, New Orleans

First Day of School for Monroe Catholic Schools

Pontian, pope & martyr, & Hippolytus, priest & martyr

Sixtus II, pope & martyr & his companions, martyrs; Cajetan, priest

Dominic, priest

Blue Mass, Holy Trinity Church, 9am

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lawrence, deacon & martyr

Claire, virgin

Jane Frances de Chantal, religious

First Day of School for Shreveport Catholic Schools

Western Deanery Priests Meeting, Catholic Center, 10:30am

Cathedral School and Loyola First Mass, Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, 9:30am

Archbishop Gregory Aymond Installation Mass, New Orleans

Canonical Update for Deacons, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Liturgical Committee Meeting, Catholic Center, 12:30pm

Serra Club Meeting and Mass, Catholic Center, 12pm

Catechists Day of Reflection, Christ the King, 9am

John Eudes, priest

Bernard, abbot & doctor

Protecting God's Children in Spanish, Christ the King Church, 6pm

Bartholomew, apostle

2nd Collection: Hisp. Ministry & Catholic University

Transfiguration of the Lord

Msgr. Edmund Moore's 50th Anniversary

Louis of France; Joseph Calasanz, priest

Maximiliam Mary Kolbe, priest & martyr

Pius X, pope

2nd Collection: Hispanic Ministries & Catholic University

Annulment Workshop, St. Joseph Church, Zwolle, 6:30pm

Holy Hour for Vocations, Holy Trinity Church, 5:15pm Monica

Augustine, bishop & doctor




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4th Annual Eucharistic Procession

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Knights of Columbus Prepare for Red Mass at Holy Trinity.

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The fourth annual Eucharistic Procession in celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi took place on Saturday June 13. The procession began at the Catholic Center and processed to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.

Partici pan ts wa lk up Fairfield Ave nue in Shreve port while singing hymns.

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Th e Proces sion m ar ch to wards th e Cath ed es ra l.

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