Nine men ordained to permanent diaconate in June

A total of nine men were ordained as deacons in two separate ceremonies in June at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

On June 2, Bishop David Talley ordained Deacon Stephen Gramigna of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leesville; Deacon Lawrence Feldkamp, St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria; Deacon William Endris, St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leesville; Deacon William Aldridge, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria and Deacon Darrell Dubroc of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward.

Bishop's message for June: Diakonia

(NOTE: Bishop David Talley has ordained nine men to the permanent diaconate for our diocese this month in two separate ceremonies. The following is a transcript of the homily he delivered at each Mass.)

You’ve just heard their names called out….but one name among them, when called out, was like an arrow….. directed to your heart….the name of your brother…the name of your husband, your partner for life….the name of your dad…your grandfather…your friend, your neighbor. You’ve just heard Fr. Dan O’Connor testify to me and to all present this morning that these nine men…

Sr. Virginia Lee Vanderlick passes away

Sister Virginia Lee Vanderlick, CDP entered eternal life on June 10, 2018 at the age of 90. Her parents were Henry J. and Mary Blanche Vermaelen Vanderlick. Her baptismal name was Mary Louise. 

Sister Virginia Lee was born on March 8, 1928 in Alexandria, Louisiana.  She answered God’s call to become a Sister of Divine Providence on September 10, 1949, and professed first vows on June 22, 1952.  She was a well-known and beloved Catholic School educator for 61 years

Developing worship space safety

It’s a scary situation we hope we never have to encounter -- what to do if an active shooter enters church while we are at Mass.

What do you do?  Duck under the pew? Run for the door? Try to be a hero and grab the guy? Do you have a gun? Or is it in the car?  What do you do?

The same situation happened just six months ago in a small town in Texas.

Vacation Bible School time!

• June 18-22

Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth
Mary, Mother of Jesus Church in Woodworth will host Vacation Bible School June 18-22 from 8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. for kids entering Pre-K - 6th grade. Upper classes can attend as assistants to instructors. Cost is free to parishioners; and $25 per family for non-parishioners. Registration forms are available at the church office or you can call the church office and have one emailed to you. For more information or to register call 318-487-9894.

UPDATE: Clergy assignments, effective July 1, 2018

Let us lift up in prayer the men and women who contribute to the Church’s mission, of building up a civilization of love, as the Body of Christ here in central Louisiana.

In remembering all of us that work in central Louisiana, I ask that you remember in a special way our priests and deacons, who serve tirelessly in assisting me as I seek to care for the flock of the Lord,