Upcoming Diocesan Office Closures

The Diocesan Office will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veteran's Day.

The Diocesan Office will also close for Thanksgiving Break starting Tuesday, November 21. Normal operations will resume Monday, November 27.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Bishop's Visitations Page

A new page on the diocesan website has been designated for Bishop Owensby's Episcopal Visitations. On this page, you will find includes downloadable versions of the bishop's visitation customary, the required visitation form, and the 2023 and 2024 visitation schedules.

Click here to explore the Bishop's Visitations page.

Diocesan Events

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate

God Willing, the Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby will ordain Freddie Authement to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. James in Alexandria on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Your prayers and presence are requested. The vestment color is blue.

Diocesan Convention Update

In response to feedback from congregations, and due to administrative changes in the Diocesan Office, the bishop has moved the date of the 2024 Annual Diocesan Convention to May 3-4. Location will still be in the Alexandria/Pineville area. Specifics about the venue will follow in due course.

Diocesan Calendar

Have you seen the calendar of events on the new diocesan website? Find diocesan events for various categories: Bishop's Visitation, Youth Events, Christian Formation Workshops, and more. Explore the diocesan calendar of events by clicking here.

Around the Diocese

New Date for Choral Evensong at Church of the Redeemer in Ruston

St. James in Alexandria to Host "Kings, Queens, & The King of Instruments" Concert

St. James in Alexandria is hosting their next concert in their 2023-2024 series. Sub-organist of London’s famed Westminster Abbey, Peter Holder, makes his Louisiana debut playing a concert of music fit for royalty on St. James’ king of instruments.

This will be held November 14 at 7:00 p.m. The concert and following reception are free and open to the public.

St. George's in Bossier City to Host Christmas Market

St. George's in Bossier City invites you to join them for their Christmas Market. This will be hosted Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Want to see your congregation or organization featured?

Share your ministry stories, announcements, and events with us through the Digital Hub on the diocesan website.

Outside the Diocese

Presiding Bishop Says 'Stop the Killing' in Middle East as Death Toll Rises from Israel-Hamas War

The Most Rev. Michael Curry issued a statement on Nov. 7 decrying the reported killing of 10,000 Palestinians in Gaza so far by the Israeli military in response to Hamas’ massacre of Israelis a month ago. Curry called for an end to all killing in the region while acknowledging the conflict’s complexities.

“Today I raise my voice for love because more than 10,000 people have died in Gaza, including more than 4,000 children,” Curry said, citing figures reported by Gaza’s Hamas-controlled health ministry. “The violence is horrific, and the geopolitics are complex, but my call to love is simple: Stop the killing. Stop all of it. Stop it today.”

Curry’s statement marks his most direct comments yet on the intensifying conflict.

You can read more by clicking here.

Photo: Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike on a house in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

81st General Convention Youth Presence

The General Convention Office, the president of the House of Deputies, and the Office for Youth Ministries are coordinating the application and discernment process for high school teens to become a part of the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP).

Up to two youth from each of the church’s nine provinces will be selected to participate in the Official Youth Presence from June 23-28, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Applying for the Official Youth Presence to attend General Convention is a very competitive process. By completing an application you are entering into a period of discernment that will reach into next year. We invite you to be in conversation and prayer with your nominator, priest, family and friends.

We would love to have someone from the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana at General Convention to represent us. Click here for more information.

Resources & Formation

Communication Resource for Advent

Wondering how to invite people to your church this Advent and Christmas season? The Episcopal Church has created a customizable marketing video for congregations to use this season + more! Click the graphic to check it out or click here.

Questions? Contact Thomas Stodghill, IV, the Diocesan Communication Officer.

Bishop Owensby's Latest Blog Post

Justice is Love in Public - Jake Owensby

We are all in this together

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The Episcopal Church Newsletter is handled by Thomas Stodghill, IV. Click here to submit a story.