USCCB President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to the violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, that occurred Saturday, August 12.

Job Openings

Job Opening: Secretary to Catholic School Superintendent

Must be proficient in general office skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, computer usage, organizational skills, and multi-tasking.  Works closely with the superintendent and 8 Catholic schools, as communication liaison. Mail resume to St. Joseph Catholic Center, 4400 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria or email to troque@diocesealex.org. Resumes will be accepted through August 21, 2017


Child Nutrition Technician for school cafeteria needed for Diocese of Alexandria. Position is a 35 hour work week, Monday through Friday.  Applicant must be drug-free and able to pass background screening. 

Bishop's message: The graces that come from farming and harvesting

I’ve been told that the traditional summer months of vacation that our school age children and teens enjoy each year is a result of our history…as a nation of farmers and ranchers.

Of course, the nation as a whole would be characterized as more urban and suburban than rural in 2017; but in the four deaneries of our diocese, farming and ranching is still a way of life for many.

And I thank God for this.

Why so? Why would this Georgia transplant from the city of Atlanta thank God for rural life in central Louisiana?

Bishop's Message: The Joy of the Gospel

As August marks the start-up of school for the children and the teens of our diocese, it can be a time for new beginnings….for all of us.

Yeshua…Jesus of Nazareth…..spoke about new beginnings......starting life over in God’s love.

Bishop accepts resignation of Menard principal

Bishop David Talley has accepted the resignation of Joel Desselle as principal of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, effective July 31, 2017.  Desselle has accepted the position of assistant principal of ­­­­­­­Marksville High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Dwayne Lemoine, the newly hired assistant principal of Menard, will serve as acting principal for the 2017-18 school year, while the search for a new principal gets underway.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? All young people encouraged to take survey before Synod on Family in 2018

Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in October 2018.

In preparation for the synod, a survey has been constructed by the Office of the General Secretariat of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, asking the young people of the world to provide some insight into “what is it like to be a young person in the Catholic Church Today.”

New assignments for two priests

Fr. Charlie Ray named president of Menard

Father Charles “Charlie” Ray, pastor of St. Augustine Church in Isle Brevelle, has been named president of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, effective May 24.

Bishop David Talley made the announcement May 24 that Fr. Chad Partain had resigned as president of Menard and that Fr. Charlie had been assigned to fill the position.

Priest Assignments

From Bishop David Talley:

On this celebration of St. Joseph the Worker, I want to share with all of you the changes of priest assignments that will take effect on the 1st of July:

Priest assignments that will take effect on July 1, 2017:

Fr. Rusty Rabalais, re-appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Marksville.

Fr. Dwight de Jesus, appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Echo and St. Joseph’s in Cheneyville.