Fr. Charlie Ray named president of Menard

Father Charles “Charlie” Ray, pastor of St. Augustine Church in Isle Brevelle, has been named president of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, effective May 24.

Bishop David Talley made the announcement May 24 that Fr. Chad Partain had resigned as president of Menard and that Fr. Charlie had been assigned to fill the position.

Fr. Charlie will remain pastor of St. Augustine Church and chairman of the Committee for Ongoing Formation of Clergy and Fr. Chad will remain pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church and School, and as chancellor of the diocese.

As president of Holy Savior Menard, Father Charlie will serve  in a non-administrative role of ensuring that the “Catholic identity” of the school is upheld.  He will work closely with Thomas Roque, superintendent of Catholic Schools, to carry out its Catholic school mission of helping others to grow in faith and love.

Father John Wiltse will remain as chaplain of the school, and Joel Desselle as the principal.

Fr. John Brocato returns home from military duty

Bishop David Talley has announced that Father John Brocato, ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria in 2003, will be returning soon to the diocese.

Fr. John was granted permission by Bishop Ronald Herzog to serve as an active duty Army Chaplain in 2007.  In this capacity, Captain Brocato served in a wide variety of military assignments.

He left active duty last year, and since that time he has been ministering in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and has been active in the Army Reserves.

Bishop Talley has granted permission for Fr. John to pursue an advanced degree.  He has applied to the Graduate School of Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling.

He served as parochial vicar to St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria, parochial vicar to St. Rita Church, Alexandria, and served as chaplain to Holy Savior Menard Central High School.    

He will be in residence at St. Anthony Church, Natchitoches, and for canonical purposes will be assigned as parochial vicar to St. Anthony Church.