Upcoming Diocesan Office Closure


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

Newsletter Schedule

The newsletter will be taking it easy during the warm summer months. After June 1, the newsletter will come to you every other week as opposed to every week. The pattern will resume to a weekly basis as we approach September.

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.

You can learn more about the Presiding Bishop's visit by clicking here.

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

Bishop Noland Day School Holds First Ever High School Graduation

Bishop Noland holds first ever high school graduation

Bishop Noland sends off seven graduates in an inaugural commencement ceremony.

“Roosevelt said that the future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams,” the Rev. Boo Kay said. “Well, this is certainly one of my dreams for as long as I can remember, so I have held on to the dream.”

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Bishop's Visit to St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport

Congratulations to all who were confirmed this past Sunday at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport.

Photo: Bishop Owensby stands with all 23 confirmands before the service.

Basic Enneagram Workshop with the Rev. Matt Woollett

A holistic approach to spiritual growth, the Enneagram helps us recognize our gifts and the gifts of others. It also reveals traps that can turn these gifts into compulsions. This useful aid is a powerful “pair of glasses” that makes it possible to see others and ourselves with unique clarity.

The Rev. Matt Woollett is a retired priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, now actively involved in interim ministry. A student of the Enneagram for many years, he first learned of it from Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr, OFM, at a clergy retreat in 1983. Fr. Matt trained at the Enneagram Institute, and offers presentations to clergy, churches and the community at large through workshops and continuing education classes.

This Basic Enneagram workshop is open to parishes in the Diocese of Western Louisiana and general public here in Lafayette. Registration is required by clicking here.

A fee of $25 provides for all materials, refreshments and lunch on Saturday.

St. George's, Bossier City Backpack Bingo Bonanza

Join the parishioners of St. George's in Bossier City for this fun event for a good cause.

You can buy tickets by emailing here.

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Outside the Diocese

From Episcopal News Service

June 22 revival, learning party in Louisville to feature prayer, worship, music and workshops

Planners of a revival taking place on June 22 in Louisville, Kentucky, say it will be a time of prayer, worship and music, as well as the chance for The Episcopal Church to say thank you to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for his nine years of leadership.

The KFC Yum! Center, site of the revival, will be configured to seat up to 8,000 people, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, said.

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Resources & Formation

Iona Collaborative Continuing Education

Registration is open for the Fall 2024 Thriving in Bi-Vocational Ministry Program.

Thriving in Bi-Vocational Ministry is the Iona Collaborative's continuing education program that provides pastoral leaders with safe, collaborative cohorts in which to learn, develop, or hone practical skills for ministry. Regular offerings include topics in preaching, pastoral care, Biblical interpretation, church administration, and spiritual formation.

Participants are integrated into peer learning communities where difficulties can be processed, successes celebrated, and experiences and resources can be shared.

Click here to view and register for the classes.

From Bishop Owensby

Saying Yes to a Full-Hearted Life

Sometimes we need a little help.

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