The joy of giving
I spent the month of June in Rome, volunteering at one of Mother Teresa’s homes for 28 handicapped and disabled men. Many were taken from the streets of Rome, some from other countries.
A bumper crop of seminarians
With the start of orientation for the 2014-15 academic year, Notre Dame Seminary welcomed 43 new seminarians from across the country, its largest incoming class in nearly 15 years. The incoming classes of recent years have averaged 20 to 25 students, said Father James Wehner, rector. There is a national trend of increased priestly vocations, but Notre Dame Seminary is seeing dioceses increase the number of seminarians it sends to Notre Dame, and several dioceses are sending men for formation to New Orleans for the first time in many years. Enrollment to start the year is 115, up about 30 from 2012.
The Ladays: One family’s personal story
Luckily for Ernest and Hattie Laday of Lutcher, they weren’t home when Hurricane Isaac played havoc in south Louisiana. But when they returned from Dallas after caring for Ernest’s sick brother, they found their mobile home of 28 years in bad shape.
The storm’s winds had destroyed the roof and let rain pound inside the two bedrooms, the bathroom and through the doors.
Disaster assistance extended for Isaac’s impact
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Hurricane Isaac Disaster Case Management Program (HIDCMP) has received approval for an extension through Oct. 31 to continue assisting Louisiana families with unmet housing needs due to Hurricane Isaac in 2012.
With abortion law looming, Woman’s New Life Center offers hope
Regardless of the status of legal challenges to the new state law scheduled to take effect Sept. 1 requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the staff of the Woman’s New Life Center, a pro-life counseling and medical center for women with unplanned pregnancies, is gearing up for an expected increase in women seeking its services.
Louisiana bishops on U.S. Senate's attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby decision
Statement from the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops
Last month, the U.S. Senate tried to do something Congress has never done before – pass legislation designed to reduce Americans’ religious freedom. This should be a grave concern to all who value our fundamental freedoms.