New Update: COVID-19 Guidelines for Worship
Important Update: The State of Louisiana continues in Phase 3 of the plan to reopen businesses and public spaces. Based upon the Governor’s Phase 3 proclamation, as well as the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Louisiana Department of Health. Click here to view the updated Guidelines for Churches in the Diocese of Western Louisiana until further notice.

Stay in the know of the latest updates to diocesan and state guidelines by visiting the COVID-19 resource page on the diocesan website. Check back frequently as we will be updating this page as new developments occur.
Diocesan Staff Continue to Work from Home
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 infection rates, the diocesan team will work from home. This is a small, but big change in keeping staff members safe and doing our part to slow the spread of the virus.

Diocesan Staff are accessible via email, phone, and online meeting platforms.
Diocesan Events
Virtual Series from Bishop Jake Continues Tonight!
Join Bishop Jake this evening for the third session in a four-part virtual series discussing the power of love in our everyday lives. Missed the first couple of sessions? Catch up by clicking the titles below.

October 15: How to Forgive Yourself
October 22: Mending Broken Relationships

Each session begins at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Bishop Jake will discuss the week’s topic for about 20 minutes and then respond to questions and comments for the remainder of the hour. Everyone is invited, but there is limited space.

For the Zoom link click here.

The sessions are based on Bishop Jake’s book, A Resurrection Shaped Life. To learn more about the book, read reviews, or buy a copy click here. Bishop Jake donates all proceeds from book sales to ministries in the broader community such as Community Renewal International.
Save the Date!
Virtual Diocesan Convention
February 20, 2021

This year has brought many changes to how we gather. To continue the best practice of protecting our neighbors, the 2021 Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. We understand that this is a big adjustment. But not to worry! The diocesan staff will be here to support you along the way. Stay tuned for details!
Around the Diocese
Flood Clean Up Kits Prepared for CENLA Families
Using hurricane relief funds donated by churches and individuals across the country, Katie and Daniel Chapman and Joy Owensby purchased supplies and prepared 50 flood cleanup kits on Wednesday, October 14, in Alexandria.
These kits will be distributed by United Way of Central Louisiana to families who are struggling to clean up home damage caused by rain from Hurricane Delta.
The United Way of Central Louisiana dreams of a community in which all neighbors are linked to each other and to the resources they need to prosper and thrive. They are committed to honoring, embracing, and harnessing the power of diversity of all Central Louisiana residents to create a stronger community for all.
Online Giving
Hurricane Relief Fund
Donations will directly assist churches, diocesan ministries/organizations, and local communities affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
For Congregations and Diocesan Ministries
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
National Cathedral to Host Interfaith Prayer Service on Nov. 1

As the United States struggles through a time of turbulence and tension, Washington National Cathedral will host a national interfaith prayer service on Sunday, Nov. 1 - two days before Election Day - featuring Presiding...

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Supporting Faith Conversations at Home

The older generations are learning and loving to engage with a Church in the digital age, while the children and young families are exhausted by the dramatic increase in screen time." By the time the children and youth of our parish had made it...

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Bishop Owensby's Latest Blog Post
The Choice We Face

Julius Henry Marx was born in a room above a butcher shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on October 2, 1890. By the name Julius, this man may be unfamiliar to you. Most people know him as Groucho. Groucho Marx, who died in 1977, developed a...

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