The Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Louisiana
EDoLA News: a monthly e-newsletter of the Diocese of LouisianaVolume 8, Issue 10
November 2014
News From Around the Diocese
Ordination of Duane Nettles  to the Sacred Order of Priest

November 1, The Feast of All Saints, the Rev'd Duane Joseph Nettles was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests. The service took place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, New Orleans. The Rev. Hal Roark preached. The Rt. Rev'd James Brown officiated. Fr. Duane is serving at Church of the Annunciation New Orleans. 

The Rev'd Jim Morrison Called to be Priest-in-Charge of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Orleans


The vestry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, announces the calling of the Rev'd James Morrison to be their new priest-in-charge. Fr. Jim will start at St. Andrew's on November 30. 



Fr. Jim was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church where he served for 20 years in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. In 2010 he was received into the Episcopal Church and was received as a priest in the Diocese of Louisiana in May 2013. He has served as an associate rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, since June 2013.

The Rev'd Sharon Alexander Called to be Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge


The vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, announces the election of the Rev'd Sharon Alexander to be their next rector. She will begin at Trinity on Sunday, November 30.

The following is the announcement from Trinity Episcopal Church as found on their Facebook page:


With the strong support of the Search Committee and Vestry, and with the complete support of Bishop Thompson, The Vestry has elected The Reverend Sharon Alexander to be our next rector, and she has accepted the call. She brings with her an impressive educational background with degrees in business and law which she practiced for about 20 years before being ordained a priest. She has served as the priest-in-charge of St. Michael's in Mandeville for about 3-1/2 years and transformed a church that was filled with internal conflict and buried in debt, such that it had been downgraded from parish to mission status, into a healthy and vibrant, welcoming, young, outward-looking church that is ready to become a parish again at the next diocesan convention.
Photo by Debbie Edens. Mother Sharon Alexander with Trinity Curate, Father Stephen Crawford, at Happening this past August.
Fr. Calvin Lane Leaves St. Mary's, Franklin, to a New Call in Dayton, OH


The Rev. Calvin Lane has been called to be the Associate Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio. On Sunday, October 12, Fr. Cal celebrated his last service at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Franklin, followed the next day by a Service of the Ending of a Pastoral Relationship. He will start at St. George's on November 3.

The Rev'd John Miller Begins as Priest-in-Charge of St. Francis, Denham Springs


The Rev. John Miller celebrated his first Sunday as Priest-in-Charge of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Denham Springs, on October 12. The congregation was excited to welcome Fr. John and his wife Celene and children Cameron, McKenzie and Isabella. 


After the service everyone was put to work unloading pumpkins for the church's annual pumpkin patch.


More pictures from the day can be found here on St. Francis' Facebook Page.


John Kellogg Installed as Canon


Photo by Rev'd Mitch Smith

During the recent College of Presbyters, the Rt. Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr. officially installed John Kellogg as Canon Missioner in the Diocese of Louisiana. Canon Kellogg will oversee congregational development, educational opportunities and other diocesan programs.

Clergy Anniversaries
November 14

The Rev'd Stewart Cage - Priest


November 15

The Rev'd Mary Ann Garrett- Deacon


November 19

The Rev'd Jerry Phillips- Priest


November 25

The Rev'd Richard Banks- Priest


Press Releases From The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church, African primates, bishops issue communique: Transformation through friendship

Christmas Card
Congregations, dioceses and individuals can download a printable PDF of the 2014 Episcopal Church Christmas card at no fee here .

Episcopal Church Style Guide
An updated style guide to The Episcopal Church has been released. The guide has been expanded to provide social media best practices, blogging guidelines, email etiquette and tips for parish webmasters. The easy-to-read and easy-to-reference document can be downloaded and/or printed.

2015 UTO Grants

Applications are now accepted for the 2015 United Thank Offering grants.  The application forms are available here.

The focus for the 2015 United Thank Offering grants is Mark Four of the Anglican Marks of Mission: To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. 

Guidelines for applying for the grants are here

Applications now accepted online
for Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps 
2015-2016 placements

The Episcopal Church offers untold opportunities for young adults to live, work and pray with brothers and sisters around the Anglican Communion through the Young Adult Service Corps. Commonly known as YASC, applications for 2015-16 are now being accepted for the Young Adult Service Corps from young adults between the ages of 21-30.

"YASC provides an opportunity for young adults to explore their faith in a new capacity and to live out the Baptismal Covenant by seeking and serving Christ in all persons," noted the Rev. David Copley, Mission Personnel Officer. "Applicants must have a high degree of maturity and possess a faith commitment and the willingness to be a humble guest, and the ability to be an authentic companion."

The application is available online here.  The application deadline is Friday, January 2, 2015.


Preparing for General Convention 2015
Input Invited for the 2016-2018 Triennium Preliminary Draft Budget

Press Release

The Episcopal Church

Office of Public Affairs


[November 4, 2014] Episcopalians across the church are invited to review and comment on the preliminary draft 2016-2018 triennium budget as it is prepared for approval by the Episcopal Church Executive Council in January 2015. From there, Executive Council will present the draft budget to Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance (PB&F) in February, which will then prepare a final budget for approval at General Convention next summer.


The preliminary draft budget is available here.


Read the full press release here.

Call for Exhibitors/Vendors for Diocesan Convention- February 27 & 28, 2015


Information on registering to be an exhibitor /vendor for the upcoming Diocesan Convention can be downloaded by clicking here.  


Diocesan Convention will be held Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans.


Registration forms are due January 12 to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130. For more information, please contact Sharon Weathersby at [email protected] or 601-606-9538.


Families Reunite: Immigrant Family Reunification Training for Trainers
with Robin Stern Hamby, Family Partnership Specialist, Fairfax County Public School, Virginia


What is it?  Professional development that informs and qualifies you to facilitate parent education curriculum that addresses the issues of reuniting immigrant children with their families and/or caretakers. 


History of the Program  School staff in Fairfax, Virginia identified a need for resources to address the high needs population of recently arrived Central American immigrant students and their families.  The children often migrated unaccompanied after years of separation from their parents.  Along the journey they suffered emotional and physical trauma.  This in addition to deprivation, abuse, and violence in their home countries made adapting to the United States extremely difficult.


Who might benefit from this training?  Anyone working with newly immigrated children and/or families, especially school counselors, ESL teachers, classroom teachers, social workers, psychologist, chaplains, etc.


Where is it?  St. Augustine's Episcopal Church's Byrd Hall, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie, Louisiana


Cost?  Each participant is being asked to pay only $15 in advance to offset materials cost.  If the $15 fee presents a problem, scholarships are available by contacting Deacon Elaine Clements, [email protected]


When is it?  (Choose one of two sessions) Monday, November 17, 2014

9 a.m. to 12 noon

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


How do I register?  Register online at


Questions? Contact Deacon Elaine Clements with any questions, [email protected] or 504-236-1133


Funding for this program is being provided by Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana


Download the flyer


The Curtis Sisco Memorial Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians Installed at St. Luke's, New Orleans

by Alma Flowers, Southern Regional Director, Union of Black Episcopalians


The Curtis Sisco Memorial Chapter was installed at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, by The Right Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana. President Fortunata Jefferson and Secretary Trevor Daniel Bryan were presented for blessing. The Chapter Charter was presented by the Southern Regional Director Alma Flowers.


Fortunata Jefferson and Bishop Thompson were presented with official UBE pens. The Chapter members were presented with The UBE prayer on laminated cards.


Curtis Sisco's sister Bernetta Sisco attended the service and expressed how touched she was that her brother was honored with the naming of a chapter after him. she stated she only came to church when Curtis said he had something for her to do and felt as if he had gotten her back in the church again. She felt that this is what Curtis would want, bring people together to make things better for all.


Father Thompson, Rector at St. Luke's, remarked that you would have thought Father Sisco was at the church for 20 or 30 years when he was there only for a few. This spoke to his influence and commitment to bring people together for God's work.


Bishop Thompson remarks included how proud he was to have The UBE back in Louisiana as a Diocesan Chapter. This gives the entire Diocese the opportunity to become a part and spread the work and work according to the mission of UBE.


Alma encouraged members to step up to the plate and use their time and talents to tell their stories, struggles and how our youth can continue the work.


She reminded them that we are not a social club and if we are to live up to our Baptismal Vows and show our love for Christ we must sing to Christ with song to the world, as the Bishop said, "With one accord, work to share, reproach to dare, for Christ our Lord". She continued to remind them that if they were interested in UBE just to get their picture in the paper and to say, I belong to UBE they were in the wrong church the wrong pew. Alma ended by encouraging all to go where God leads us with joy.


The service was followed by a Feast of Nations. There was a variety of foods and entertainment.


My congratulations to Fortunata for her hard work and continued support in moving forward with leadership and growth of the Chapter.


Reflections of the Past; A Glimpse Into the Future
St Luke's Founders' Day & 50 Years on Goodwood Blvd

from the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Newsletter


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, celebrated Founders' Day and 50 years on Goodwood Blvd on Sunday, October 19. Both current and former rectors and parishioners participated in the celebration. After the morning service of Holy Eucharist, the parish took part in a tree planting and blessing and Founders' Day Luncheon. The parish shared memories of the past and paid tribute to the founders of St. Luke's.


St Luke's was established in 1956 by eighty Episcopalians, first worshiping in private homes, and then at Goodwood Elementary School. A donation of land by Mrs. Eleanore Witter allowed for the building of a permanent church home for the parish on Goodwood Blvd. The building was complete in July 1964. 


St Luke's School was founded in 1957. 


Read the November 2014 Evangelist for more pictures and reflections from the day.


Vestry Training 2014


Vestry Training 2014-
The Rt Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
"Modeling the Method of Leadership"

Nearly 100 hundred people attended the Second Annual Vestry Training held on Saturday, October 11 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Orleans. The theme for the day was "Leading, Modeling, and Adapting." The Rev'd Rob Courtney led opening prayers with presentations from Bishop Morris Thompson, Canon Shannon Manning, Canon John Kellogg, and Father Mark Holland. 


Workshop presenters included Father A.J. Heine, Father Richard Easterling, Raul Esquivel, Luigi Mandile, Father Rob Courtney, and Debbie Hudson. 

As Canon Missioner, Canon John Kellogg will bring more educational opportunities to the diocese. Look for an announcement soon for upcoming training opportunities. Contact him at [email protected] with any ideas or suggestions.


We also will produce a series of videos that will be included on the diocesan website and YouTube Channel. Click the video links to the left to view two of the videos from Vestry Training 2014.

Vestry Training 2014-
The Rev'd Canon Manning and Rev'd Canon Kellogg
"Rethinking the Vestry: Empowering the Laity" 



St. Martin's Episcopal School Awarded $25,000 Grant from the Benedict Foundation

Award enables five students to complete their High School career at St. Martin's

Press Release, St. Martin's Episcopal School, Metairie

(METAIRIE, LA) October 15, 2014 - St. Martin's Episcopal School takes great pride in its ability to offer scholarships to promising students so that they can experience the lifelong benefits of a St. Martin's education. There has been an increased need for financial aid, particularly for high school students. The school applied for and was awarded a $25,000 grant through the Benedict Foundation, specifically dedicated to the financial aid general fund. This grant will allow up to five students who possibly would not be able to complete their high school career at St. Martin's to do so. Due to the academic rigor and college preparedness at St. Martin's, many graduates are eligible for additional awards and scholarships as they reach college.


The Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools supports faculty professional growth and students in need of financial assistance in NAIS schools with secondary programs. Emphasis is placed on schools where impact will be greatest and which use challenge grants to leverage support. Founded in 1983, The Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools has awarded nearly $5 million in grants.


For more information, please contact Rob Norton, Director of Marketing and Communication, at 504.736-9913 or [email protected].

Tee it Up With the Bishop Golf Tournament


The weather was windy and golf balls did not always go where intended, but who can complain when you are playing golf for a good cause under those beautiful oak trees at Audubon Golf Course.

The Second Annual Tee it Up With the Bishop Golf Tournament was held on Monday, October 13 with proceeds from the tournament benefiting St. Michael and All Angels Preschool in Baton Rouge.

The winning team (and defending champions) was from Mount Olivet, New Orleans. The players were Robert Emmet, John Meade, Dev Smith, and Dennis Whaley.


View pictures from the day on our Facebook page.  

View a video from the day on our YouTube Channel



Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you to all the churches and parishioners who participated in and contributed to the golf tournament.  

We especially give thanks to:

Deacon Mark Hudson for organizing the Bishop's Golf Tournament


Golf Tournament Sponsors:

Deacon Mark Hudson (Breakfast sponsor)

Hudson Services, Inc  (Lunch sponsor)


Golf Tournament Hole Sponsors:

Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr.

Christ Church Cathedral

Church Insurance Agency

Church of the Annunciation

Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardynciation, New Orleans

Gary & Sharon Poirrier

Lucius Butts

The Rev'd Ralph Howe

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Metairie

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Metairie



Trinity Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge

Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Mount Olivet, New Orleans

Church Insurance Company


Inmates Train Homeless Pups to Be Service Dogs

from WWLTV 


A mission to save paws and save souls. Watch this sweet story about love, second chances and giving back to the community. Maggie Rollins, daughter of Fr. Drew and Jeanie Rollins, is featured in the story and will soon have a new companion thanks to DoggoneExpress and the women in the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel.  


See the video here on


Steeple Chase 2014 & Just Kids at Art Festival in Houma 
St. Matthew's Episcopal School Holds Annual Race and Festival

from the St. Matthew's Episcopal School Facebook Page


On October 18 St. Matthew's Episcopal School held its annual Steeple Chase, a 1/2 mile fun run followed by a 5k race. The theme for the run was "Dress as Your Hero." The race was followed by The Just Kids at Art Festival. This annual festival encourages parents to work with their children on hands-on art projects. All proceeds from the race and festival benefited St. Matthew's Episcopal School.



New Playground at All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center


Playground Ribbon Ceremony: All Souls Community Center
Click above to watch a YouTube video of the ribbon cutting 
ceremony. A couple of the children give speeches.

Thanks to a grant from the Home Depot,  a new playground was installed at All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center, New Orleans. The playground is located in a fenced in area behind the church, a former Walgreen Pharmacy. The children now have a secure area to play and blow off energy between school and after school tutoring. 


Photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony on October 23 can be found on our Facebook Page.


Support the After School Program

Attend Soul-A-Bration II on November 16


All are invited to attend the Second Annual Soul-A-Bration Silent Auction and Dinner on Sunday, November 16 at the church located at 5500 St. Claude Ave from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Special Performance by Troy Sawyer & The Elements & Mikhala Iverson. Master of Ceremony will be Councilman James Gray. Wine, beer & dinner provided by some of New Orleans' Finest Restaurants. Tickets are only $25. More information available on the All Souls website.

"Emotional Sobriety"- Annual Retreat for Women


The Addictions Recovery Ministry of the Diocese of Louisiana will hold its annual retreat for women who are in recovery, wish to be in recovery, or are just interested in recovery spirituality.  Please forward this information to any women who might be interested.  The retreat is the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center.


Our facilitator for the weekend is Polly Pistole who began her sobriety journey in 1977.  She has lead numerous retreats dealing with recovery and relationship topics.  The theme of this weekend is "Emotional Sobriety".  Polly will share the wisdom found in some of Bill W.'s letters about Emotional Sobriety and how she has taken her sobriety to a new level by studying what Bill had to say.  Emotional Sobriety is mentioned 17 times in the first 164 pages of the Big Book. Polly will look at how character defects such as approval addiction, intolerance, resentment, anger, jealousy, fear, sarcasm, blame, and many others affect our emotional sobriety; and how practicing good habits and making them part of us can restore our balance.

For more information and to register, please visit:

St. Margaret Breaks Ground on a New Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

On Sunday, October 12, Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Fr. Patrick Edwards and the people of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church broke ground on the new sanctuary.  To see the plans visit the St. Margaret's website.

We look forward to following the progress and worshiping with you in the new sanctuary. 


In the Footsteps of St. Patrick- Reflections from Pilgrimage in Ireland

by Marsha Wade, St. James Episcopal Church


We left for Ireland on September 29 to explore the Celtic roots of our faith. The journey took us from pre-Christian sacred sites to sixth century monastic ruins, following in the footsteps of St. Patrick.


The Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange, aligned so the rising sun of the Winter Solstice briefly floods the interior with light, and the Hill of Tara, an ancient sacred site said to have been the seat of the High King of Ireland, were two pre-Christian sites we visited.

We walked the Hill of Slane, where St. Patrick is said to have lit the Paschal Fire in defiance of the High King's festival fire on the Hill of Tara. This story of competing fires represents St. Patrick bringing the light of Christ to the Irish, eclipsing the old religions.


As the Irish became Christian, ancient sacred sites were not destroyed, but transformed into Christian holy sites. In Kildare, a pagan shrine to the goddess Brigit became the site of a 13th Century Norman cathedral named for St. Brigid, an early Irish saint. We worshipped with the congregation at St Brigid's Cathedral and offered prayers at St. Brigid's Well near Kildare.


Saul Church sits on the site where St. Patrick founded his first church in Ireland in 432. We said prayers there before continuing to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Downpatrick, where tradition says St. Patrick is buried.


Another St. Patrick's Cathedral (Armagh) is the historic ecclesiastical site and residence for the Archbishops and Primates of All Ireland. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Anglican) stands on the hill from which the city derives its name-Ard Macha; the hill of Macha. Macha was a legendary pre-christian tribal princess or a goddess. The Roman Catholic St. Patrick's Cathedral is nearby.


In Glendalough we visited ruins of a once thriving monastic city founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century. The monastic city is just outside the door of the hotel, allowing us to freely explore churches, wells and sacred sites situated amid the green beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and the two lakes for which Glendalough is named.


We visited the Titanic Exhibit and the Peace Wall dividing Protestant and Roman Catholic neighborhoods in Belfast, ate delicious Irish food, laughed, sang and prayed together. We left as a band of pilgrims and returned as a community of friends.

Exploring Our Anglican Roots
Pilgrims from St. Augustine, Metairie, visit Canterbury and Southern England to Learn More of the Church in England
by The Rev'd A.J. Heine, from the St. Augustine October  2014 Newsletter


I wonder what Augustine was thinking when he finally arrived in Canterbury in 597. Pope Gregory had sent him, along with a group of fellow monks, to Christianize the people of the British isles.
The band of missionaries from Rome had no doubt heard of the barbarity of the Angles and Saxons. After traveling from Rome to France, before attempting to cross the English Channel, they had requested a reprieve from their assignment. They wanted to back out! But Pope Gregory refused, and so the dutiful Augustine and his companions pressed onward. To their surprise, they encountered King Ethelbert of Kent, whose wife, Bertha, was a practicing Christian. The band of missionaries weren't martyred; they were welcomed!


When we feel paralyzed by fear of what may befall us if we mention Jesus, or absolutely certain that we have exclusive delivery rights to the Gospel, we discover instead that Jesus is very much already there. This should give us a healthy balance of both courage and humility. Whether it's a trip to Honduras, or an offer to pray for a non-church going friend, we can be certain that we are not doing it alone.

Our God, who "made of one blood all the peoples of the earth" (BCP, p.100), is already there, waiting to welcome us and enable us to know the joy of being connected to Him and one another through Christ. For me, the pilgrimage to Canterbury was more than a visit to "Mother Church." It was an opportunity to once again discover that there is much more that connects us than divides us. The connection is Emmanuel God with us. This Truth is always a wonderful and life giving surprise. 


More pictures from the trip can be found on the St. Augustine Facebook Page

St. Patrick's, Zachary, Sanctuary Renovation Progress

from the St. Patrick's Facebook Page


St. Patrick is making progress in their sanctuary renovation and expansion project. Insulation was installed with sheetrock to follow the next day.  The work is expected to be complete in January.


More information on the project can be found here on the St. Patrick's website.





Parish Administrator Luncheon

Parish Administrators gathered at All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center, New Orleans, for their fall luncheon on October 23. The administrators had an opportunity to learn more about and contribute to the ministries of All Souls and raise money for Ebola relief in Liberia. 


Thank you to staff and volunteers from All Souls for hosting the luncheon.




St. Martin's Episcopal School Hosts World Honey Bee Day

Celebrating World Honey Bee Day by Connecting Children from Around the World

Press Release, St. Martin's Episcopal School, Metairie

(METAIRIE, LA) October 16, 2014 - St. Martin's Episcopal School hosted World Honey Bee Day on Tuesday, September 30.  Joining the St. Martin's students were 150 students from the Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy.  Schools in Memphis and Cape Cod joined in via Google Hangout. A video of the event will be translated and shared with schools overseas. Keynote Speaker Sarah Red-Laird, a well-known research scientist, educator, conservationist and beekeeper, presented along with St. Martin's 1st and 2nd Grade Classes. Following the presentation, Sarah Red-Laird led students through rotating activities in our gymnasium from 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.  These hands-on activities included making candles out of beeswax, sampling different types of honey, observing live bees, and more.


Keynote Speaker Sarah Red-Laird is the United States Ambassador to the International Bee Research Association, the Kids and Bees Program Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, and the Founder and Executive Director of Bee Girl, a non-profit dedicated to preserving honey bees, beekeepers, and food resources through outreach, education, support, and mentorship for beekeepers and communities. 


*This Week in Louisiana Agriculture covered the event. The segment can be viewed here


* View a video written and produced by the first grade class


*To follow our students in their quest to save the honeybees, please follow them class @honeybeechallenge on Twitter and "Take-the-honey-bee-challenge" on Facebook.  

Holiday Gift Idea:
Buy a Brick to Help in the Rebuilding of St. Matthew's, Houma


Bricks make an excellent Christmas gift and support the rebuilding efforts at St. Matthew's, Houma. Go to the Rebuild St. Matthew's website for more information and to download the order form.


Purchase bricks by December 10 to receive a custom Christmas gift card. 

Forms must be received by December 25 for the installation. 



Pumpkin Season in Louisiana



The Pumpkin Patches of St. Mark's, St. Augustine's, St. Paul's School, St. Martin's, St. Francis, and Grace Memorial.



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