Bishop's message for November: The Presence of the Lord

Most days, I arrive at the Chancery office while it’s still dark outside. I will come into my office, turn on the lights and the computer, and prepare to begin the work of the day. If I hadn’t prayed the Liturgy of the Hours at home before coming to the office, I’ll pray the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer…and then get to work.

Weeks ago, in late September, I came in on a Wednesday as usual…about 5:15 AM. I had already prayed…and was beginning to read my correspondence and catch up with e-mails….when a thought came to me…to remember the Presence of the Lord.

Bishop David Talley is exemplified as 4th Degree Knight of Peter Claver

Surrounded by fellow Knights and Sir Knights of Peter Claver at St. Juliana Church in Alexandria, Bishop David Talley was initiated Nov. 4 into the Knights of Peter Claver Third Degree, joining St. Juliana Council #268.

Shortly after being initiated into the Knights of Peter Claver, Bishop Talley was exemplified as a Fourth Degree Knight by supreme officers from the national office, the Louisiana state office and Assembly #27 Faithful Navigator. Father August Thompson, a

First World Day of the Poor, Nov. 19


Let us love, not with words but with deeds

1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18).  These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard.  The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ command to our own day is made even clearer by the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deeds against which we are called to measure ourselves.  Love has no alibi.  Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor. 

Special Collection for CCHD on Nov. 19

The Special Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the weekend of November 18/19.  The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was founded in 1970 by the Catholic bishops of the United States as their domestic anti-poverty program. Designed to address the policies and structures that perpetuate poverty to create sustainable solutions, CCHD empowers poor and marginalized people to join together and make decisions to improve their lives and neighborhoods.  Our own Bishop David Talley currently serves as Chair of the CCHD and is a member of the Bishop’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of which the CCHD is a subcommittee.

25% of what is collected in our parishes will remain in the Diocese of Alexandria!  Bishop Talley has designated the following as recipients of these monies:  one third to Manna House; one third to the CENLA Homeless Coalition; and one third to help fund the Office of Life and Justice.  Please support this collection on November 19!

Thinking about becoming a deacon?

Now is the time to contact diocese to learn more

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate would like to announce the start of a new Permanent Deacon Formation class beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Deacon Richard Mitchell, assistant director for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, is now taking contact information and fielding questions from men who may be interested in discerning this ministry.

If interested, contact Deacon Mitchell at (318) 445-6424, ext. 206 or email: The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2017.

USCCB Establishes New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.

Job Openings

JOB OPENING – Chief Accountant. Applications are now being accepted for the job of chief accountant in the Business Office of the Diocese of Alexandria. Applicants are asked to submit a resume to David V. Brook, CPA, chief financial officer, Diocese of Alexandria at 4400 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA 71303, by Thursday, November 30, 2017.   Applicants are not required to be Catholic but must have actual accounting experience. The position is expected to be filled by Jan. 1, 2018.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY – Executive Director of Tekakwitha Conference. Applications for executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference located in Alexandria are being accepted now. The selected applicant will begin training in April, 2018 and will take over full duties Sept. 1, 2018.Qualifed applicants should be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church;skilled in both administration and management;an effective written and oral communicator;and willing to become familiar with the National Tekakwitha Conference and our patroness, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Possession of a professional degree, a working knowledge of finances and budgeting, and a theological background are preferable.Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references by Jan. 30, 2018 to Gail Rando (chair of the search committee) via email at or to 145 Banff Street, Bear, DE  19701.

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.”