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  • QU ministry and diocesan black Catholic leader named auxiliary bishop

    Pope Francis has named Franciscan Father Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native and director of campus ministry at Quincy University (QU), as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The appointment was announced Jan. 12 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of January 25 and February 1. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of January 25 and February 1. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop. Read More
  • Of time sensitive messages and spiritual reawakenings

    In my line of work, I send lots of emails and I receive quite a few of them as well. There are times when it's simply impossible to read them all promptly, and I'm forced to leave most of them unopened until a more opportune time. But when I'm the sender, I often wonder whether the recipients use the same stalling tactics as I do. How do I ensure that my messages, urgent but still competing for attention, are opened quickly and responded to right away? Read More
  • A list of suggestions backed by a lifetime of wisdom

    Each of us has a set of life lessons. Some of these lessons make no sense and are nothing more than superstition, like the baseball pitcher who refuses to step on the chalk line between home plate and first base when walking to the dugout. Some people refuse to drink coffee or caffeinated soda after noon because they say it keeps them up at night, while others can have an espresso and go to sleep just fine. Read More
  • The importance of godparents, and who can be one

    Q Dear Father, I have a question regarding godparents. It seems mandatory that a godparent be a Catholic. I could have a Catholic be a godparent and move three years after the baptism to another state. The child would only rarely see them, possibly only on holidays. I could ask a non-Catholic to be the godparent; that person could live in the same city, close to our neighborhood, and see that my child is enrolled in the parochial school and goes to Mass each week. Which is better? Read More
  • Does religion really have a ‘smart people’ problem?

    Daniel Dennett, one of the "four horsemen" of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves "the brights," thereby distinguishing themselves rather clearly from the dim benighted masses who hold on to supernaturalist convictions. In the wake of Dennett's suggestion, many atheists have brought forward what they take to be ample evidence that the smartest people in our society do indeed subscribe to anti-theist views. By "smartest" they usually mean practitioners of the physical sciences, and thus they point to surveys that indicate only small percentages of scientists subscribe to religious belief. Read More
  • Now that Christmas, New Year’s, Epiphany is over

    Christmas has silently faded into history like a melting snowman on a warm sunny day, and the New Year has welcomed us like a sweet grandmother embracing her grandchild after months of separation. By the time we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany, all the lovely Christmas trees and decorations, including the manger scenes were packed away, and most people will likely give little notice, if any, to the coming of the three Wise Men; when Christ reveals himself to the Gentile world. Read More
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