Dr. Norman Francis: Xavier's true visionary
This story was written on Nov. 15, 2008, on the occasion of Dr. Norman Francis having served 40 years as president of Xavier University of Louisiana. The longest-tenured university president in the United States announced his intention to retire next June after nearly 47 years at the helm of the country's only historically black Catholic institution of higher learning.
St. Edward Parish: 50 years of prayer, faith and joy
Shirley Kopf recalls how Massgoers at her newly formed parish of St. Edward the Confessor would introduce themselves in those early days as being “from St. Christopher” or “from St. Mary Magdalen” – the two neighboring parishes from which St. Edward was carved in 1964.
Targeting hunger through the schools
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is embarking on a new program Sept. 8 that will help families in need supplement their nutrition.
The joy of giving
I spent the month of June in Rome, volunteering at one of Mother Teresa’s homes for 28 handicapped and disabled men. Many were taken from the streets of Rome, some from other countries.
A bumper crop of seminarians
With the start of orientation for the 2014-15 academic year, Notre Dame Seminary welcomed 43 new seminarians from across the country, its largest incoming class in nearly 15 years.
The Ladays: One family’s personal story
Luckily for Ernest and Hattie Laday of Lutcher, they weren’t home when Hurricane Isaac played havoc in south Louisiana. But when they returned from Dallas after caring for Ernest’s sick brother, they found their mobile home of 28 years in bad shape.
The storm’s winds had destroyed the roof and let rain pound inside the two bedrooms, the bathroom and through the doors.