Manna House serves up lunch, help, and hope

“Once you start serving at Manna House, you normally don’t stop,” says one Manna House volunteer. Manna House, our local food kitchen, is open 365 days per year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Begun 25 years ago by Father Gerard Foley and a group of volunteers, Manna House officially opened its doors…

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‘Tis the season for hanging out in the cemetery

November is the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. As Christians, we believe that the dead are not gone. Their bodies have died, but their souls live on forever. We believe that Jesus will come at the end of time to judge all human beings who have ever lived. This is called the general…

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Saint John Henry Newman

By Thomas Kennedy, Diocese of Alexandria Seminarian On February 12, 2019, Pope Francis promulgated a degree through the Congregation for the Cause for the Saints, authorizing the forthcoming canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman. Newman will be declared a saint on Sunday, October 13, 2019, following the miraculous healing of a woman in Chicago. She…

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Additional name of clergy credibly accused of abuse

The Diocese of Alexandria today (Sept. 20, 2019) released the name of one additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Fr. Theordore Lelieveld An allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the mid-1960s was reported to the Diocese of Alexandria in August 2019.…

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Modeling good behavior every day

By Paul Ashton, Guest Contributor “Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.” – Pope Francis Our work together to protect children is ongoing and never ending. That is what Love is all about. It is the message of the Gospels and the clear…

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How to join RCIA

By Claire Couche, Guest Contributor I love the Catholic Faith. I love the richness of its history and the courage of its Saints. There are so many inspiring stories of men and women who have accomplished great things and embody the spirit of beauty, truth, and goodness. Some of my favorite Saints are those who…

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Please pray for our seminarians

The Diocese of Alexandria is proud to support our seminarian Class of 2019.  We have eleven men in priestly formation. Thomas Kennedy: in his 3rd year of Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Thomas is scheduled to be ordained a transitional deacon next year. His home parish is the Minor Basilica of the…

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Funeral arrangements for Fr. August Thompson

Father August Louis Thompson, a retired priest of the Diocese of Alexandria, passed from this life on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  Fr. Thompson was born in Baldwin, Louisiana on July 7, 1926, the son of Louis D. Thompson and Eunice Barard.  He graduated from Willow Street High School in Franklin, Louisiana and…

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Additional names of clergy credibly accused of abuse

The Diocese of Alexandria today released the names of three additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Fr. Adrian Molenschot Allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the 1960s were reported to the Diocese of Alexandria in February 2019. Fr. Molenschot died in…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

  Wives and moms, Stop reading this now, and forward it to the men in your life! Men, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  We asked around and created a list of 5 gift ideas that are sure to please.  Mark your calendars for May 12, and show the wives and moms in your life how…

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