As a campus minister and theology teacher since 2008 at Holy Cross High School – and having served for a few years as an assistant football coach – Adrian Jackson has a keen insight into what makes teenage boys tick.
The Clarion Herald posed the following three questions to students attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans: 1. What teacher has had an impact on your life, and how did that happen? 2. What blessings have you received from your Catholic school education? Was there a challenging situation that your school (teachers or fellow students) helped you overcome? 3. How inspired have you been by the example of your parent(s) who have had to sacrifice in order to send you to Catholic school? The response was overwhelming. The Clarion Herald received about 150 submissions from across the archdiocese. The next few pages speak of the beauty of Catholic education more simply and poignantly than just about anything else we could dream of. Thank you teachers, parents and students!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – They came in 10 busloads from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, praying the rosary, lifting up the sanctity of life and letting the world know that their young voices must be heard. More than 500 students from high schools in the archdiocese traveled to the nation’s capitol Jan. 15-20 to lend their voices to the 46th Annual March for Life, a rallying cry that is being promoted in stronger ways than ever by young people often stereotyped as self-absorbed and disengaged. “There’s no doubt, that if you talk to the majority of our young people today, they are pro-life,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond said before leading the archdiocesan contingent on the march along the National Mall. “It is my generation that was pro-choice. It’s my generation when Roe vs. Wade took place. “That was very dominant for a long time, but attitudes (toward unborn life) have changed, and I think that’s in large part due to the young church, the young adult church. They don’t just speak about pro-life. We have 500 people here who are willing to go to Washington and march and say they are pro-life.”
A contingent from Xavier University of Louisiana’s Concert Choir traveled from New Orleans to Philadelphia to honor, in song, St. Katharine Drexel, the Blessed Sacrament order founder who made their education possible by opening Xavier University in 1925.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, more than 1,500 young people from around the Archdiocese of New Orleans were called to be fearless in their faith at the 33rd annual World Youth Day held at the New Orleans Convention Center.
As the fall semester nears its end, my students working on their rebranding projects have begun their media campaigns in earnest. This semester, more than any other, I’ve been surprised with the level of enthusiasm and effort put into the projects.
Baton Rouge Bishop Michael G. Duca, holding a reliquary that contains a drop of blood from St. John Paul II, and Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed the new St. John Paul II House on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge on Oct. 24.
We brought home a new puppy recently, bringing an equal ratio of canines to humans. Life is never dull in our small household. It was a somewhat unexpected decision. But as with most things in life, when you know, you just know. These past six months have been something of a roller coaster. Continually, it seems, I’ve been reminded of the meaning of commitment. Commitment to my husband, my job, my family, my friends. The first two definitions listed for “commitment” at first seem contradictory. “The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.,” reads the initial entry. Directly below: “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.” Reading those definitions initially, I sided with the second one. Yes, I told myself after a particularly difficult emotional time in my marriage, this commitment has certainly restricted my own freedom.
Is the Catholic presence on college campuses in the United States adequate to serve Catholic and non-Catholic students alike? The findings from “A National Study on Catholic Campus Ministry 2017” released Oct. 9 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Catholic Education showed we have a long way to go to. “The Catholic Church has to look at this seriously and ask ourselves, ‘What can we do to keep the Catholic presence in the minds of young people,’” said New Orleans Auxiliary Bishop Fernand Cheri, who, as the episcopal liaison for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), was involved in the study. “These are the people of the future, and we have no contact with them. What does it mean to be Catholic in the lives of college students?” What surprised him most from the survey was the lack of Catholic campus ministries at the nation’s more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities. “Campus ministries are only located in one quarter of all major universities in the country,” he said. “That means three quarters of major universities don’t have campus ministries. So, young adults are being neglected. On junior college campuses (about 1,500), the number drops to one of every 60 campuses.” “We have to look at all the factors of where the church is and how the church is meeting the needs of young people today,” he said. One factor to consider, he said, “Young people today aren’t seeing Catholic religious priests’ or sisters’ presence (on campus). It is not a part of their lives anymore. How do we recapture that fire?”
As part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ “40 Days for Life” campaign, Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside at a prayer service sponsored by the Respect Life Office Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. in front of Deanz Health Care for Women, 5437 Crowder Blvd. in New Orleans East. The clinic has applied with the state’s Department of Health for a license to perform abortions, said Ben Clapper, director of Louisiana Right to Life. The doctor who would perform the abortions is Dr. Rashonda Dean, a native of Opelousas, Louisiana, who has performed abortions in Louisiana since at least 2012. Clapper said conservative estimates are that Dean has performed nearly 16,000 abortions since 2012 at Delta Clinic for Women in Baton Rouge and Women’s Health Care Center, 2701 Gen. Pershing St. in New Orleans.
Jack Jezreel, the founder of JustFaith Ministries (JFM) that seeks to explore the link between faith in God and care of neighbor, will present the 2018 Roppolo Memorial Endowment Workshop Oct. 19-20 at Schulte Auditorium of Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Jezreel will discuss “Discipleship and Public Life: Realizing Pope Francis’ Vision.” He will deliver a keynote address Oct. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and then lead a workshop on his theme Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is in keeping with one of the five archdiocesan synod priorities, which urges Catholics to be “a voice and witness for Catholic social teaching.”
Every building has a story, and the new Rouquette Library at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College has quite a story to tell. The 19,000-square-foot, $6 million building was barely in the works when the Abbey grounds north of Covington were inundated by flood waters in March 2016.
BATON ROUGE, La. – From the outside, the LSU fraternity house where 18-year-old freshman Max Gruver died last year as a victim of what prosecutors called alcohol-fueled hazing looks remarkably similar to the 10 or so other Greek homes on fraternity row, if not a little spiffier.
“Finally, the church is talking with us, not about us,” a young adult replied when asked about her faith and why she considers herself “Catholic-ish.” She went on to be videotaped as part of the research study, “Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation of Young Catholics,” commissioned by St. Mary’s Press.
Over the past two years, the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) Executive Speaker Series has featured a variety of business men and women who could shed light on faith in the workplace for members. On June 10, Colin Hulin, chief information officer at Peoples Health in Metairie, demonstrated to attendees that with his Catholic faith and family, he has conquered life’s struggles – including a heart attack at 43 – and landed in good place.
Throughout Lent, Mass-goers at Loyola University’s Ignatius Chapel are invited to turn their gaze upon a stunning wall banner that traces the season’s ideal movement from sinful brokenness to wholeness with God.
Amy Yacorzynski’s lifelong fascination with seeking answers to questions she had landed her as a contestant on the game show “Jeopardy!” Her segment aired Thursday, March 15. “I’d call it an out-of-body experience with lights and cameras,” Yacorzynski said about being a contestant. “I don’t think I really warmed up until two-thirds of the way through the program.”
Father Brad Doyle says the joys of the priesthood are numerous and often unexpected – like the night adults celebrating Halloween began lining up outside a pub for confession when word spread that the collared Doyle – one of the pub’s patrons – was a “real priest” and not someone simply costumed as one.