Bishop Jake's Latest Book to Release in April
Bishop Jake's newest book, Looking for God in Messy Places: A Book about Hope publishes in just six weeks! Here’s what Anne Lamott says:
It’s available for preorder from your favorite web book provider or local bookstore. Click here to learn more.
Diocesan Events
Diaconate Ordination

God willing, The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby will ordain Rita Jefferson to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Alban's, Monroe on Wednesday, March 24, at 6:00 p.m.

Due to COVID attendance restrictions, space is limited. The service will be livestreamed on St. Alban's Facebook page for virtual participation.
Chrism Mass
March 30, 2021
10:00 a.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
Alexandria, LA

A clergy gathering for the blessing of Chrism and renewal of ordination vows. The color is red. Please bring a vessel to carry Chrism back to your church.

Assisting clergy: alb and stole
Other clergy: cassock, surplice, stole
Around the Diocese
Loads of Love Ministry
What is Loads of Love? Loads of Love is a ministry opportunity that assists people with washing clothes after a catastrophic event. The first event in the diocese occurred after Hurricane Laura, and the program proved beneficial to those impacted by the recent snow storm as well. 

How Does it Work? Members of different churches in the diocese go to laundromats and offer to assist with the cost of doing laundry. This opens opportunities to discover other financial or pastoral needs some may have after a natural disaster. 

In the picture on the right, Kari Stokes from Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchitoches is talking to a neighborhood friend and assisted her with a Walmart gift card to meet other needs. Currently, the ministry has expanded to 4 different churches across the diocese.
Want to Learn More? Contact Archdeacon Lois Maberry and find out how you can apply this ministry to your local community.
Online Giving
For Congregations, Diocesan Ministries and Hurricane Relief
Online giving remains available! The diocese is providing this service during the COVID-19 pandemic to help you stay connected to your congregation by providing financial support directly to it. When you give through this site, we will send your gift to the church that you designate. You can also give a gift to the Diocese so that the Bishop can respond to critical needs in Louisiana and beyond from his ministry fund. Know that we love you and that you remain in our prayers. Stay well. And thank you for your generosity!
Outside the Diocese
Episcopal churches host COVID-19 vaccination clinics as nationwide effort ramps up

The surge in COVID-19 cases at the start of the pandemic a year ago hit the New York City area hard, with emergency rooms filled to capacity and the death toll rising. Among the city's dead were at least 15 members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church...

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Bishop Owensby's Latest Blog Post
Doing Hard Things

Lately life hasn't been feeling like, well, life. There's been too much loss and loneliness and fear and anger and exhaustion and boredom. We miss eating out and visiting grandkids, going to the gym and traveling. And we miss hugs. The trainers...

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