• Vacation Bible School!

    Photo gallery coming soon!

     

  • Msgr. Steve Testa Retires

    The Avoyelles Deanery arranged a farewell party  for Msgr. Steve Testa on June 17th at the Holy Ghost Gym. Msgr. Testa has been the dean for 18 years in the Avoyelles deanery.

  • 2014 1st Communion & Confirmation Photo Gallery

    View a slideshow of images of 1st Communion and Confirmations from across the Diocese.

     

     

  • New class of permanent deacon aspirants

    Bishop Ronald Herzog has announced a new class of men who have begun formation for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Alexandria.

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By Catholic News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.

The priest, Father Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he refuse to testify.

Mandate still requires Catholic entities to provide objectionable coverage

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service
   
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means “justice has prevailed,” said two U.S. archbishops.