Upcoming Diocesan Office Closure


The Office of the Bishop will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

The Presiding Bishop is Coming to Western Louisiana!

Mark your calendars now: the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will visit our diocese September 20-22, 2024. His agenda will include a diocesan-wide event, a gathering for clergy only, and preaching at Sunday morning worship.

Given his recent health issues, keep in mind that his itinerary will be limited to what is appropriate for his energy levels and continued well-being, and his travel will be restricted to the diocesan see (the Alexandria area).

We are very excited Bishop Curry will be with us, and we will provide more details about his visit as they become available.

Diocesan Events

Priestly Ordination of Freddie Authement

God Willing, the Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby will ordain the Rev. Deacon Freddie Authement to the Sacred Order of Priests at Good Shepherd in Lake Charles on June 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Sign Up for Camp Hardtner's 2024 Season Today!

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s not too late to sign your child up for an experience like no other at Louisiana’s premier Episcopal summer camp!

Selected as one of “America’s Best Summer Camps 2023” by Newsweek, Camp Hardtner isn’t just about games; it’s about making memories, finding joy, and discovering new things about yourself.

Campers will find an experience that will stick with them all year long and possibly for life. An experience of relationship, community, belonging, and self-worth–all built upon the foundation that God’s love surrounds us and transforms our lives.

You can sign up by clicking here.

Diocesan Calendar

Have you seen the calendar of events on the new diocesan website? Find diocesan events for various categories: Bishop's Visitation, Youth Events, Christian Formation Workshops, and more. Explore the diocesan calendar of events by clicking here.

Around the Diocese

Sacred Ground Meeting Update

The Sacred Ground meeting originally scheduled for May 23 has been postponed until later in the summer.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide the new date and registration when it is released.

Want to see your congregation or organization featured?

Share your ministry stories, announcements, and events with us through the Digital Hub on the diocesan website.

Outside the Diocese

From Episcopal News Service

Diocese of New York service honors the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi, first female Anglican priest

About 100 people gathered May 10 inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York to mark the 80th anniversary of the ordination of the first female Anglican priest, the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi.

Li, who died in 1992 in Toronto, was ordained in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, 1944 by Bishop Ronald Hall. Her ordination was a “remarkable achievement,” as she entered priesthood at a time “when there was no role model to follow,” said Mandy Marshall.

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Resources & Formation

Eastertide Series from Bishop Owensby

Bishop Jake is offering a weekly Eastertide Devotional “The Meaning of the Resurrection” at his newsletter “The Woodlands.” Subscribe for free by clicking here. You will receive a meditation in your email inbox each Wednesday morning.

While the written version is available to everyone who signs up, paid subscribers can also listen to the audio version and will receive additional offerings as well. (Proceeds from paid subscriptions are used for alms. If a paid subscription is not for you right now, but you would like access to the audio, just shoot Bishop Jake an email.)

In addition to the Wednesday devotional, all subscribers (free and paid) receive a reflection on Holy Scripture each Friday morning along with occasional special offerings.

From Bishop Owensby

Which Way is Up?

What is real for you? What's important? Where are you heading in life?

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