Bishop accepts resignation of Menard principal

Bishop David Talley has accepted the resignation of Joel Desselle as principal of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, effective July 31, 2017.  Desselle has accepted the position of assistant principal of ­­­­­­­Marksville High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Dwayne Lemoine, the newly hired assistant principal of Menard, will serve as acting principal for the 2017-18 school year, while the search for a new principal gets underway.

Job Openings: Child Nutrition Technicians

Child Nutrition Technician for school cafeteria needed for Diocese of Alexandria. Position is a 35 hour work week, Monday through Friday.  Applicant must be drug-free and able to pass background screening.  Applicant must be a reliable team player; exhibit the willingness to follow instructions, cooking knowledge, organizational skills, and ability to clean. High school diploma or GED required.  Prior food service experience not required but a plus. Contact the Diocese of Alexandria Child Nutrition Office at (318) 445-6424 ext. 232.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? All young people encouraged to take survey before Synod on Family in 2018

Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in October 2018.

In preparation for the synod, a survey has been constructed by the Office of the General Secretariat of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, asking the young people of the world to provide some insight into “what is it like to be a young person in the Catholic Church Today.”

Bishop's message: The graces that come from farming and harvesting

I’ve been told that the traditional summer months of vacation that our school age children and teens enjoy each year is a result of our history…as a nation of farmers and ranchers.

Of course, the nation as a whole would be characterized as more urban and suburban than rural in 2017; but in the four deaneries of our diocese, farming and ranching is still a way of life for many.

And I thank God for this.

Why so? Why would this Georgia transplant from the city of Atlanta thank God for rural life in central Louisiana?

New assignments for two priests

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.

Priest Assignments

From Bishop David Talley:

On this celebration of St. Joseph the Worker, I want to share with all of you the changes of priest assignments that will take effect on the 1st of July:

Priest assignments that will take effect on July 1, 2017:

Fr. Rusty Rabalais, re-appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Marksville.

Fr. Dwight de Jesus, appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Echo and St. Joseph’s in Cheneyville.