Taking applications now for Publication Manager position

The Diocese of Alexandria is seeking a Publication Manager for the Office of Communications. The Publication Manager will coordinate with the Digital Media Manager to advance the mission and vision of evangelization; continuing Christian formation and communicating the activities of the diocese through media which would include the Church Today newspaper. Qualified applicants should send resumes to David Brook, dbrook@diocesealex.org or P.O. Box 7417, Alexandria, LA 71306. Deadline for applications is May 25, 2018.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in order to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse.  

This year, on Friday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. ET, the staff of the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) will gather to pray a Rosary to Our Lady with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the defense of the vulnerable.

The Rosary will be streamed live on the USCCB Facebook and Twitter pages to encourage public participation.

Bishop's April message: say YES to the Father's glory

At the beginning of this month, we celebrated the Mass of the Resurrection, the joy of Easter Sunday. For an Octave…eight days...the Catholic Church will celebrate “the Day” of Resurrection...new birth...Easter. And though some entertainers on the television and internet channels joked about this Solemnity of Easter falling on April Fool’s Day...we who live new life in Christ the Lord...we know the truth of things. I hope that you know of this new life, this abundant life, this life of grace. This is the gift that only the Lord of life may give.

Louisiana Air National Guard Chaplain

General Pete Schneider, Commander of the 159th Fighter Wing, flew into Camp Beauregard on a Blackhawk helicopter Feb. 23 to officially swear in Father John Brocato as a member of the Louisiana Air National Guard, where he will be serving as chaplain.

General Scheider said it has been one of his goals, as the commander of the 159th Fighter Wing, to get a priest in the Louisiana Air National Guard.

Father Brocato said he believes this will truly be a blessed experience and is grateful to Bishop Talley for the opportunity to return to serve our men and women in uniform.

Msgr. Timmermans celebrates 65 years as a priest

Msgr. John Timmermans celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination March 11 at the 9:30 Mass at Sacred Heart Church Moreauville with fellow priests and parishioners.

A reception followed in the church hall.

John M. Timmermans was born on November 30, 1924 in Made, Province of North-Brabant, Netherlands. His parents were Johannes Timmermans and Maria Mechtilda Timmermans-Lommers. He had four brothers and a sister. 

2-year Spiritual Director Internship

The Diocese of Alexandria will partner with the Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center Formation Program to offer a Spiritual Director certification for those interested in this ministry. This program is a two-year Spiritual Director Internship that is based on the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Classes are one day per month and available during either weekdays or weekends.  There will be an