EDOLA News for January 2018
Volume 12, Issue 1
Announcements from the Bishop's Office
Join Bishop Thompson During Lent to Read the Gospel According to Luke
from the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana

During this Lenten season the Presiding Bishop has asked that we as a community study together. I want to encourage all of us to participate together in the Good Book Club and read the Gospel according to Luke and the Book of Acts. As I wrote last year during Lent I will again offer a brief reflection, a word or phrase that struck me as memorable. I hope you will read with me and respond with your comments. I hope that we can all be engaged in this journey together as we learn more about Jesus who walked among us to heal and save.
About the Good Book Club
The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke's Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations are committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you'll join the journey too!

The Good Book Club website ( goodbookclub.org) lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support people as they read the scriptures. Resources also will be available in Spanish at  ClubBiblico.org.

Space is Still Available for the EDOLA Journey to the Holy Land

June 7-19, 2018 - A Journey to the Holy Land

You are invited to join other pilgrims from The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Together, we will visit the places of his birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection. Our experienced personal guide Iyad Qumri, will lead us in exploring ancient places, vibrant markets, and modern museums in a land that is suspended between East and West, past and present.

New Registration and deposit due date: March 1

More information on the pilgrimage and registration forms can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Diocesan Events:

February 2-4 
Happening #80
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center 
More information and registration 

February 12-13
Diocesan Office closed for the Mardi Gras holiday

February 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stepping Stones: A young adult retreat
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway St, New Orleans
More information and registration 

March 1-3
Godly Play Core Training
Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St, Covington
More information and registration 

March 1-3
Walking the Mourner's Path: Grief Counseling Training
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans 
More information 

March 2-3
Men's Retreat with keynote speaker the Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, Bishop of Western Louisiana
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
More information and registration 

Upcoming Bishop Visitations:  Click here for the schedule
News from The Episcopal Church
Top Headlines from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 

Here are the top headlines from the Episcopal Church Office Of Public Affairs. To view all press releases, click here.

One of our very own seminarians was awarded a grant. Congratulations to Caroline Carson!

News from Around the Diocese
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St. Francis is Back Home

We are happy to announce that St. Francis, Denham Springs, is back home since suffering so much loss in the August 2016 flood. Since 2016, St. Francis has been sharing space with the First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs. After the completed renovation of the parish hall, on Sunday, January 21, they began once again worshiping on their own campus. In March, St. Francis will break ground on a new building that will hold the sanctuary. 

Clergy Transitions

The Rev. John "Brad" St. Romain is a newly licensed priest in the Diocese of Louisiana. He comes to us from the Diocese of Texas. He is available to serve as a supply priest. 
Celebrating Blessed Frances Joseph Gaudet

On January 14, the diocese gathered at Historic St. Luke's, New Orleans, for the annual celebration of the Feast of Blessed Frances Joseph Gaudet, educator, prison reformer, and juvenile justice advocate. The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr. was the officiant. The Rev. LeBaron Taylor was the preacher. Music was provided by Michaela Harrison, Dr. Courtney Bryan, and Baba Luther Gray.

College Of Presbyters

photograph by Cassandra Reiger

John Pavlovitz, noted author and blogger, was the keynote speaker at the annual College of Presbyters held January 8-10 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. 

Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, he is committed to equality, diversity, and justice-both inside and outside faith communities. He recently released his first book  A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community.

Once a year, the priests of the diocese gather at the Solomon Center for formation, education, and community.
St. Alban's Chapel Legacy Campaign Help
by the Rev. Drew Rollins, Chaplain, St. Alban's

St. Alban's Chapel on the campus of LSU has moved into Phase II of a Legacy Campaign to refurbish their organ and to address major maintenance needs. The second phase of this campaign is a Feasibility Study that will eventually help determine the scope of this effort. One part of this phase is to build a "Friends and Alumni of St. Alban's Chapel" contact list. Once students leave the university, it is difficult to stay in touch with them. If you know people who have a special place in their hearts for the ministry of St. Alban's Chapel, and who may not currently be in touch with the chapel, please send an email with their names (and contact information, if you have it) to Laurie Morris ( office@stalban.org ). We want to include them in our Feasibility Study. St. Alban's Chapel is particularly interested to make contact with former students who may have left LSU decades ago, but who still have a deep affection for St. Alban's Chapel. If you have questions, you may contact Fr. Drew Rollins ( lsuchaplain@stalban.org). 
Stewardship Summit

We were blessed to have the Rev. Ed Bacon as our keynote speaker for the Stewardship Summit on January 20. Thank you to all who joined us. We thank also  our guest speakers and workshop presenters: Jim Murphy and Ken Quigley of the Episcopal Church Foundation, the Rev. Tommy Dillon, the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley, the Rev. Rob Courtney, and Jason Akers.
Photo of the Month
All are welcome at St. Andrew's, even the chickens.

[Photograph from St. Andrew's Facebook Page] St. Andrew's, New Orleans, has a new motto: "All are welcome, even chickens." It started with Lula (right) who showed up at St. Andrew's in November. She was so happy that she began inviting her friends. Lula is now a part of the St. Andrew's family and is tithing by laying eggs.
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