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College selection runs in the family

Posted September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

As students return to the college campus this fall, some will be there because it’s in their family blood.

Four generations of the Johnson Family, beginning with the late Hattie Melancon, have graduated from Southern University. Keeping the Southern family tradition going are from left, Tanganika Johnson, biology teacher at Southern; Joyce Johnson, volunteer liaison between Southern and Immaculate Conception Church in Baton Rouge, and Tiara Johnson, a freshman. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

Many generations of families have graduated from Southern University, said Joyce Johnson, volunteer receptionist at St. Joseph Chapel and Martin Luther King Center at Southern. Her daughter, Tanganika, teaches biology at the school and her granddaughter, Tiara, is a freshman there.

Johnson’s mother, the late Hattie Melancon, graduated from Southern University. Melancon retired as a dietician from the East Baton Rouge school system and

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    Family Life office taps Ducote as new director

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    Darryl Ducote, a clinical social worker who specializes in marriage and family counseling, has been selected director of the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, effective Sept. 29.

    “I am excited about the possibilities. I am at a point in my life when I realize I have five to 10 years to work in something I enjoy and where I can make a real contribution. I see this as an opportunity to combine all the different elements in my background – ministry, theology and social work,” Ducote said.

    A former priest, Ducote is

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    Evangelization stressed to educators

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Evangelization of young people was the message school officials received during the 2014 Catholic Educators Gathering on Aug. 5 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

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    OLOL student service exceeds $1 million in-kind value

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Service-learning, a teaching method that integrates instruction with community service, has become an integral part of the Our Lady of the Lake College curriculum. Through this program, OLOL students have given more than 68,000 service-learning hours working for others. 

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    2014 Diocese of Baton Rouge High School Football Schedule

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Redemptorist WOLVES

    District 6-2A

    2013 record: 2-9, 1-5. Lost to Northlake Christian in regionals

    Coach: Terence Williams

    Years at school: 2

    Overall record: 2-9

    Career record: 51-49

    Assistant coaches: Brandon Webb, Roshon Jacobs, Ralph Walker, Dusty Breaux, Athony Ponton, Joe Brandon

    Returning starters – offense: OG Michael Davis, Sr.; RB Kaleb

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    PICTURES FROM THE PAST

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Sacred Heart Church in Baton Rouge is shown during construction in the 1940s in this photo submitted by Mary Lee Eggart of Baton Rouge and is part of the Sacred Heart archives.

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    Bishop urges prayer for peace

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Calling peace a “precious gift,” Bishop Robert W. Muench has joined bishops throughout the United States in calling on Catholics to pray for peace and persecuted

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a

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    TREASURES OF THE DIOCESE

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Local artist and former Southern University student Elliot Giovanni Guillory painted this mural at the Martin Luther King Catholic Student Center on the Southern campus in 2005 to commemorate the 40th

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    Aging can be breathtaking journey

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Faith allows people to gracefully let go of their attachment to their younger life so they can grab God’s gifts for them as they grow older and closer to him. Sister Janet Franklin CSJ will speak on “The Spirituality of

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a youthful exuberance, anticipating what surprises awaited her.

    Twelve-year-old Sydney Fairchild, right, takes a watermelon from her mother, Shawn, as she picks

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    COLLECTOR OF LIFE

    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Organist’s home reflection of his heart

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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