School plan highlights Catholic identity standards
The Office of Catholic Schools unveiled an ambitious strategic plan for the future of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2013 after a study was conducted by The Catholic University of America, followed by extensive input from local educators, parents, a strategic planning committee and focus groups.
Superintendent Dr. Jan Lancaster is pleased to say that many goals of the plan have been met this past academic year, and that the Office of Catholic Schools is ahead in implementing a few goals, such as Catholic identity standards for the 2014-15 school year.
Daughters of Charity expands health care ministry
Daughters of Charity Health Centers has expanded again by opening its newest location on the first floor of Dillard University’s three-story Student Union in Gentilly.
The 12,000-square-foot facility, opened in May at 100 Warrington Drive at Gentilly Boulevard, offers full primary and preventative medical care for the whole family (prenatal, pediatric and geriatric care), a pharmacy, lab, dental and behavioral health services for the whole family.
Magnificat House of Discernment welcomes new women
“This has been a house where laughter has reigned,” Mount Carmel Sister Beth Fitzpatrick said recently at the Magnificat House of Discernment for women during a transition week in June when young women considering religious life were moving on to new adventures and vacating their rooms for new discerners.
When it opened in August 2012, five women had moved in to discern a religious vocation. One now will explore religious life with an order; another will live in community as a ministry team member at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat House; the remaining three have chosen another path.
Walkers testify to the truth
Allison Lattie, a New Orleans native, is director of Crossroads, a pro-life ministry that organizes three transcontinental walks across the U.S. each year. She and a group of walkers were in New Orleans July 12 to pray at a site adjacent to the multimillion-dollar abortion clinic now under construction by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on South Claiborne Avenue.
Robert Tasman is new LCCB executive director
Robert M. Tasman, who has served since 2008 as associate director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB), was named as executive director July 1, succeeding Daniel J. Loar, who had directed the organization for the last 12 years.
Pro-life radio spots expose 'silence' in abortion ads
By now, you’ve no doubt heard the ubiquitous radio spots.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, which is building a massive, regional abortion facility on Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, recently has flooded the local airwaves with an expensive local radio buy promoting the message that the organization is all about nurturing women’s health.