For the last 53 years, John Perkins has led the music ministry at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Slidell. What many don't know is that he was a Canadian singing sensation and lead voice of The Crew-Cuts, who made "Sh-Boom" a worldwide No. 1 hit in the 1950s.
As a "warehouse specialist" for Second Harvest Food Bank, Anthony Clemons has a job delivering and organizing food for the needy. During natural disasters – such as Hurricane Laura – his job becomes a ministry.
When Hurricane Laura devastated southwest Louisiana, eight priests bolted into action to aid their ninth “brother” – Father Jeffrey Starkovich of St. Pius X Church in Ragley, just north of Lake Charles.
He was 5 years old when he saw his mother sexually assaulted. He spent five years in Texas prisons for gang-related activities. And, now, Dr. Christian Bolden, a criminology professor at Loyola University New Orleans for the last 12 years, is using his redeemed life to help others.
What’s a life worth? It’s impossible to answer that question with a dollar figure, because if we as Catholics uphold the dignity of life in all of its aspects, then the sexual abuse of a child by anyone, much less by a trusted figure of authority and of the faith, is an abominable evil that never could be salved by the balm of a check.
The phenomenon initially sprouted in Italy, one of the first nations in the developed world to require strict quarantine measures in a “what-else-do-we-have-to-lose” tactic against the spread of the coronavirus.