Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana

The St. Augustine Window

By Rev. Giles Conwill


I visited my hometown of Louisville KY this past week, the first road trip in over a year out of Atlanta. I was able to see St. Augustine Church where my grandparents and parents were married and my five siblings and I were baptized.  My late brother, Houston, who was a truly gifted artist with permanent installations all over  in such cities as New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, et al, designed this 7-ft. stained glass window of St. Augustine at this Louisville church bearing his name. I took this attached photo. Read more...

Haiti Quake Destroyed Many Churches, Shredding a Mainstay of Support

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The word “fear” is very common today for various reasons. Fear has so much to do with how we function, and how we respond to dangerous situations in our lives. The people of Israel go through the experience of fear several times in their history. In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah highlights one of those moments but offers them hope. Isaiah tells the people what the signs will be when the Redeemer comes, to be not afraid as he says: the eyes of the blind will be opened, the ears of the deaf will be cleared, and the mute will sing. Read more...

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The houses collapsed, the hospitals were damaged, the roads buckled or turned impassable. But it was the earthquake’s destruction of churches across Haiti’s southern peninsula that may prove the biggest gut punch to the roughly 1.5 million people affected. Read more... 


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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.  Read more...


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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
          Deadly wildfires are sweeping across the Republic of Turkey, the Middle Eastern country that is the bridge between Europe and Asia, due to scorching temperatures, low humidity and driving winds, causing untold devastation.  The fires crept up the hills, scattered and grew, racing down towards the shore.  In some places, desperate residents rushed to the sea, filling up plastic buckets with water to ward off the flames approaching their homes.  Others ran for their lives. 

          So far, more than ten people had died in the fires along Turkey’s southern and western coasts and thousands have been evacuated.  Read more...

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Sorrowful Mysteries:
Agony in the Garden: trust in God;
Scourging at the Pillar: purity;
Crowning with Thorns: fortitude;
Carrying of the Cross: perseverance in trials;
Crucifixion: forgiveness
​     for others.

Glorious Mysteries:
Resurrection: faith;
Ascension: hope;
Descent of the Holy Spirit: gifts of the Holy Spirit;
Assumption: to Jesus through Mary;
Coronation: final 

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Archbishop Lori calls for unity, prayers on 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

By Catholic Review Staff | Catholic Review

“We remember those who lost their lives,” the archbishop said. “We pray for the eternal repose of their souls. We also recall the ongoing toll the attacks took on so many lives and the immeasurable suffering borne by family members and friends to this day.”  Read more...


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On today's episode of the 5 Things podcast: How has a generation with no memory of 9/11 come to understand the event and its aftermath? (Hit play on the player to hear the podcast, or click here.)


Adoption is a great option for all families, especially African-American families who typically “take in” children as a regular practice. The informal practice of “adopting” children began in the United States when black families were often destroyed by the system and practice of slavery. Slaves were sold and traded, so families were broken up, leaving children behind in need of care.  Read more...

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Gloria Purvis gives

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at the 2021 GIVEN

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Left to right: Harriet Tubman; Gertie Davis (adopted daughter); Nelson Davis (husband). Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

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When Is It Time to Call Hospice?

By Samira K. Beckwith | AgingCare

Caregivers for loved ones who are seriously ill often wonder, “When is a person ready for hospice?” While the nature and timing of end-of-life care differs for each person, many families are finding that it’s best to inquire about hospice care sooner rather than later.

End-of-life care decisions are often challenging and time-sensitive. Learning about how one can qualify for hospice and the specific services these organizations can provide will help minimize anxiety and confusion surrounding these important choices. Read more...

Archdiocese of New Orleans 2021 Ordination Mass

By Kyra Aurelia Alessandrini | Time
When Dionne Monsanto was pregnant, she decided that she wanted to find a name that means “blessing” for her daughter. Though Monsanto—a Black American—has no specific ties to South Africa, she chose the name Siwe, an adaptation of the Zulu name Busisiwe. Read more...

The Church and the Racial Divide: Reflections of an African

American Catholic Bishop

Gen Z has only known society changed by 9/11: Hear how the attacks have shaped their lives

By Shannon Rae Green | USA TODAY

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By Michael O’Neill | Our Sunday Visitor

          Earlier this year, atheist biologist Richard Dawkins posted this on his Twitter feed: “Roman Catholics are required to believe that communion wine actually is 

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St. Thomas the Apostle has a new priest: the Rev. Michael Trail
By Aaron Gettinger | Hyde Park Herald

The Rev. Michael Trail, 31, is the new priest at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Read more...​​


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Ajani Gibson was ​one of five

transitional deacons ordained to

the Archdiocese of New Orleans

on Saturday, June 5, 2021.​

Newly-ordained Fr. Ajani Gibson

blesses Bishop Joseph Perry

Fr. Vincent Arisukwu
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Fr. Vincent is a priest from Nigeria, currently serving as associate pastor at Christ the King Church in Maryland. 

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‘Tolton: From Slave to Priest’ has started touring again after over a year of pandemic downtime.

literally the blood of Christ, and the wafer literally is his body[...]. That way madness lies. At very least it’s a pernicious abuse of language.”
          The post from Dawkins was not surprising, of course; he has long been antagonistic toward the Catholic Church. What was truly shocking were the hundreds of comments that followed of many self-identified Catholics and ex-Catholics who argued that this was not the teaching of the Church, or that they had never heard such a thing, or that no Catholic they ever met believed that it was anything more than symbolic.​ Read more...

Caregiver Stress

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A caregiver is someone who gives basic care to a person who has a chronic medical condition. A chronic condition is an illness that lasts for a long time or doesn’t go away. Some examples of chronic conditions include:

  • cancer
  • aftereffects of stroke
  • multiple sclerosis
  • arthritis​

The caregiver helps the person with many tasks. These include shopping, preparing and eating food, cleaning, taking medicine, bathing, and dressing. Caregivers also provide companionship and emotional support.  Read more...

In times of need, we call on the patronage of St. Joseph to give us strength, guidance and encouragement. We also need you!

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Bishop John H. Ricard

Superior General 

Prayer for 2022 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Holy Spirit, stir within us the passion to promote vocations to the consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, diocesan priesthood, and permanent diaconate.   

Inspire us daily to respond to Your call with boundless compassion, abundant generosity, and radical availability.

Help us to remember our own baptismal call to rouse us to invite the next generation to hear and respond to Your call.

Inspire parents, families, and lay ecclesial ministers to begin a conversation with young Catholics to consider how they will live lives of holiness and sacred service.

Nudge inquirers and motivate discerners to learn more about monastic life, apostolic life, missionaries, cloistered contemplative life, and evangelical Franciscan life.

Ignite our Church with the confident humility that there is an urgent need for religious sisters, brothers, deacons, and priests to live in solidarity with those who are poor, neglected, and marginalized.

Disrupt our comfortable lives and complacent attitudes with new ideas to respond courageously and creatively with a daily 'YES!'  Amen.

Black Catholic Spirituality

Deacons Dan Dashner, Ajani Gibson, Michael Lamy, Truong “Peter” Pham and Andrew Sanchez were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Also ordained to the priesthood was Deacon Thomas Bamoah, who will serve the Diocese of Yendi in his home country of Ghana.

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St. Cecilia and Immaculate Conception Churches are seeking to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant in the church office. The hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Friday. The Assistant will report to the Pastor and work alongside office volunteers.

Adoption Resources

1. The National Council For Adoptionhttps://www.adoptioncouncil.org/
2. Adoptive Families  http://www.adoptivefamilies.com
3. The Center For Parent Information & Resources  http://www.parentcenterhub.org
5. Creating A Family  https://creatingafamily.org/adoption/resources/

6. Lifetime Adoption  http://lifetimeadoption.com

An Appeal for Your Help

From Beverly Anderson

Josephite parishes and schools were hard hit by Hurricane Ida. Many were damaged by wind and rain and flooding. Some still haven’t had power restored. Those who were evacuated are just now returning to the devastation. As the recovery continues, parishes need your financial assistance.  

Please consider making a special donation to help get Josephite parishes operational. 

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The 25th Eucharistic Congress Is Coming On

June 17-18, 2022.

The USCCB Office of African American Affairs offers many race and intercultural competence resources

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Brothers And Sisters To Us,” National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), Washington DC 1979

How Church Teaching Can Help Explain why ‘Black Lives Matter,’" America, Sept 2020

Fratelli Tutti,” Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, Vatican City, 2020

The Inner Life and Cultural Competence,” Len Sperry, (found in): The Inner Life of Priests, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2008, pp. 59-70

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Howard University - Part Time Assistant to Campus Ministry

Position Summary
The mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is to spread the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  In the faithful pursuit of this mission, the Archdiocese is seeking a part-time Assistant to the Campus Minister for the Chaplain of Howard University in the Office of Catholic Campus Ministry.  The Assistant to the Campus Minister is responsible for working with the Catholic Chaplain of Howard University to assist with events and programs, including Masses, build relationships, perform office-related functions, and keep the Office of Catholic Campus Ministry informed. The ability to multi-task, focus on detail, and professionally communicate with various internal and external constituents is essential.



Cardinal Peter Turkson prefect of the 'Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development', shares how Pope Francis related this great feast to his encyclical 'Laudato Si’. Read more...

The only Catholic bishop who has consistently written on race matters, Bishop Braxton describes his family's history and his experience as an African American that he brought to his ministry as a Catholic priest and bishop.​

From CompellingTruth.com

Biblical hermeneutics -- What is it?
Biblical hermeneutics is the field of study related to the interpretation of the Scriptures. Because Christians have historically lived based on the teachings of the Bible, and because "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17), a proper interpretation of the Bible's contents is vital. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15, the Christian's goal is to "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."  Read more...

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Prayers to be said at the elevation of the host at Mass

By Philip Kosloski | Aleteia
When you see the priest elevate the consecrated host, you can pray these prayers. There is a pious custom in the Catholic Church of offering a brief interior prayer at the moment when the priest elevates the consecrated host at Mass. Read more...

​​​​His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Diocese of Belleville

“St. Paul and the Christians in Ephesus”
Sermon: Nineteenth Sunday in
​Ordinary Time

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Father Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle

is to encourage our African American Community to pray for priestly vocations. Here’s how it works:

  • Make a list of names of Black men and pray daily through the intercession of Fr. Augustus Tolton that they may be granted the grace of a priestly vocation.
  • Participate in a monthly Mass offered for an increase of priestly vocations from the African American Community.
  • Pray daily for Black seminarians through the intercession of Fr. Augustus Tolton. A list of Black seminarians will be sent to you upon registration in the Fr. Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle.
  • Write Black seminarians at least at Christmas and Easter to encourage them in their vocation to the priesthood.
  • Support financially Black seminarians in need of help through the Fr. Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle.

Also ordained was Thomas

Bamoah, for the Diocese

of Yendi, Ghana.

Fr. Thomas Bamoah receives

the anointing of the hands

by Archbishop Aymond.

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Dear Black People:
Adoption is a Great Option

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. | NNPA Newswire 

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Have you considered becoming a priest or religious sister or brother?

"I Leave My Life in Your Hands"
In this video, His Excellency, Bishop Joseph N. Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago speaks of the need for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The first new Catholic school built in Baltimore in roughly 60 years opened its doors Monday to hundreds of youngsters, who entered the gleaming new building with a mix of enthusiasm and first-day-back jitters. Read more...

Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation: humility;
Visitation: love of neighbor;
Birth of Jesus: detachment;
Presentation: obedience;
In the Temple: greater commitment & devotion to Jesus.

Luminous Mysteries:
Baptism: openness to the
Holy Spirit
Miracle at Cana: Mary’s intercession;
Proclamation of the Kingdom & Repentance: Christian
witness and conversion;

Transfiguration: courage to
​bear the cross
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: 

greater love for the Eucharist.

Congratulations to the Newly-Ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ!

When Daniel prayed in the book of Daniel 10, the answers to his prayers were immediately released but was mysteriously delayed.

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Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

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Click here to read biographies of the Holy Men and Women Rising to Sainthood. Click button under portraits to learn more about each Cause for Canonization.

Are We Fishers of Men or Just Keepers of the Aquarium: 

An Invitation to Support

Vagabond Missions

By Dr. Ansel Augustine

Pope Francis continues to inspire and challenge us as all people of varying faiths around the world.  He continues to witness to us how we are called to minister to those on the “peripheries” of society.  Those that are many times ignored, unseen, or forgotten by society, and sometimes, even by our Church.  Since starting ministry over 20 years ago at my home parish, St. Peter Claver in New Orleans, I would receive the random call, or even engage in the community conversations, centered around how we as a Church only minister to those that fit a certain “Catholic image,” and tend to judge and ignore those that do not fit into this “image.”  This has always been the work I have done with our Black Catholic communities around the country, specifically with our youth and young adults who continue to try and figure out where they fit into the Church, and our Church trying to figure out where to include them in an authentic way. Read more...

Where to donate to agencies responding to the Haiti earthquake

By Catholic News Service

Numerous organizations, including Catholic agencies, are accepting donations to assist with their emergency response to the Haiti earthquake.

  • Catholic Relief Services: online: crs.org; by phone: 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern; by mail: P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland, 21297-0303.  Read more...

Diocese of Phoenix Black Catholic Vocations Initiative 

An African American Woman in the Adoption Community
By Deidre Parker | Adoption.org
My county has scheduled tours that go through the property owned by the Quakers that would help slaves go through the woods to freedom in the North. While hiking through the woods and going through this sacred place, our guide mentioned Harriet Tubman. History tells us Harriet Tubman was one of the leaders in the Underground Railroad. It was on that land; we learned that not only did she contribute towards the Underground Railroad, she was also an adoptive mother. Read more...

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Fr. Emmanuel Antwi and Fr. Christopher Awiliba for the Diocese of Savannah.

Hurricane Ida Relief 

Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana area pretty hard. Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is asking for support as his diocese recovers from the destruction that Ida left in her path. Please click on the  letter download the pdf. Donations can be made to Catholic Charities Hurricane Ida Relief, https://catholiccharitiesht.org/ida.

In his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM), St. John Paul II tells how we are to assimilate the mysteries of the rosary by meditating on the life of Jesus as we contemplate each mystery. When we immerse ourselves into these mysteries, we are rewarded by the "fruits" of the mysteries listed below:

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What can the foster father of Christ teach us about the care for our common home and our neighbors? 


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By Rev. Kinglsey Ogbuji, SSJ

Merciful God, we grieve with communities suffering from disasters and struggling to recover. Speed the restoration of community life so children can feel secure again. Give families strength and perseverance while they rebuild their homes and livelihoods. We pray for disaster survivors to find refuge in You. In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.

Our Lady's 15 Promises to Those Who Pray Her Rosary
By Mary Thierfelder | The Catholic Company

       The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and spiritual protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said, "There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families ... that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."


Click image to download CRS Haiti Earthquake Fact Sheet


Eucharistic Adoration:What is it and where and how to we celebrate this sacred act?

From Our Sunday Visitor brochure, "Eucharistic Adoration"

'Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: "I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always." '

-- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


Consider implementing this program in your diocese!


The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention.


How – Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Asking in this direct, unbiased manner, can open the door for effective dialogue about their emotional pain and can allow everyone involved to see what next steps need to be taken. Other questions you can ask include, “How do you hurt?” and “How can I help?” Do not ever promise to keep their thoughts of suicide a secret. Read more...

Congratulations to Fr. Wesbee Victor, ordained to the Archdiocese of New York (above).