CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, “The Art of Discernment in Marriage,” Married couples’ retreat April 21-23. Experience the peace and beauty of the pine woods in a weekend of learning to know God, self and each other better. Retreat leaders: Robin and Easton Hebert from Lafayette, Louisiana. Details: Sister Helen Roper (601) 341-9447 (cell) or email
COLUMBUS Annunciation, the “All Catholic Things” scripture study invites all women of the parish to a presentation on the Passion of Christ as depicted in art though the ages by Angie Bourgeois, head of the art department at Mississippi State University. It will be a covered-dish brunch, Tuesday April 4 at 10 a.m. in the Activities Center. Details: (662) 328-2927.
HOUSTON, Texas, The National Catholic Bible Conference, May 5-6 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. “Discipleship: Taking the Word to Heart.” Discover what it means to be a faithful disciple, learn how to follow Christ in your everyday life and experience the blessings that God has in store for those who love him. Details: or call 901.853.7468
STANTON, Tenn. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, June 16-18. Are you suffering with emotional and spiritual pain after an abortion? Experience the healing love of Jesus Christ. Includes talks with others who have had abortions and who understand exactly how you feel, as well as spiritual exercises to help you on your journey of healing. Participation is strictly confidential. Details: contact Cathy at (901) 463-3595 or

COLUMBUS Annunciation, Lenten Scripture study, Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Activities Center conference room. Based on weekly scripture readings. Details: Joe Haftek (662) 549-5151 or
JACKSON “The Sisters of St. Dominic’s Hospital: Bringing the Grace and Mercy of God’s Unconditional Love to Jackson, Miss.,” The Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, annual women’s retreat, Saturday, April 22, time TBA. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged. The registration fee is $15. Details or to register, contact Anne Martin at (601) 421-8122 or
JACKSON Holy Ghost, St. Joseph’s Circle is hosting an “Easter Tea” on Palm Sunday, April 9, after 10 a.m. Mass in the Father George Artis Parish Life Center. All ladies and gentlemen of the parish are encouraged to wear their stylish hats to Mass on that day. Tickets on sale after Sunday Masses. Ticket cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Details: Cynthia Longino (601-940-0308) or Rachel Harris (601-362-6668)
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Cajun Fest 2017, Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Features Cajun food, Cold drinks and live music, children’s games, raffles, general store and plenty of opportunity to socialize. Sponsorships of $300 or more will be included on the back of Cajun Fest T-shirt. Sponsorship form must be received by April 14 to be included on the back of t-shirts. Details: (601) 856-5556.


Brother Terry ORourkeJames M. “Brother Terry” O’Rourke, 82, died March 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brother Terry was a Glenmary Home Missioner for 58 years. He served in the Diocese of Jackson at Aberdeen St. Francis of Assisi. During that assignment, Brother Terry assisted in training service dogs to help the disabled.
He took senior status in 2004 but remained active. In 1996, Brother Terry started a local food pantry in Aberdeen. He continued to manage the pantry until 2010. He moved to the Glenmary residence in Cincinnati in 2016.
Burial was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials may be made to Glenmary Home Missioners, P.O. Box 465618, Cincinnati, OH 45246-5618.


SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sister Geraldine Hoye, OP, will celebrate her 60th jubilee in June. Her parish is St. Stephen, Chicago. A Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary HoyeGeraldineChapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, June 4, for her and 20 other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrating 60 years.
Sister Hoye’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching, educational administration, pastoral ministry and faith formation. For many years, she was involved in education, serving as teacher and principal.
In the Diocese of Jackson, she served as pastoral minister at Tupelo St. James Parish from 1992-1999. She also served in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Sister Hoye is currently living in community at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Those who would like to honor Sister Hoye on her jubilee can visit the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ website at

From anchor desk to altar: Deacon Adam discerned call in Mississippi

By Maureen Smith
MERIDIAN – Nick Adam moved to Meridian to be a sports anchor. By his own admission, he practiced his faith, but never considered a deeper commitment before he landed in Mississippi. His time at St. Patrick Parish, under the direction of Father Frank Cosgrove, changed all that. He started to hear a deeper call.
Friday, March 17, on the feast of St. Patrick, he was ordained into the transitional diaconate in St. Patrick Church. He will be ordained into the priesthood next summer.
During the homily, Bishop Joseph Kopacz spoke of the parish patron as one of the greatest of all evangelizers. He also spoke about this history of the diaconate and how these men of service are so important to the work of the church. At the end of the homily, Bishop Kopacz invoked the prayer known as the breastplate of St. Patrick, a call to bring Christ into the center of all we IMG_2136_cdo.
Deacon Adam’s sister, Julie Bordes said Adam, the youngest of eight siblings, was always the peacemaker of the family. “With so many siblings there was always something. He kind of had to keep us together and he was the youngest. If he said ‘oh…’ or if he started crying about something we would all turn, look, feel guilty and act right,” she said. “I think it’s special in so many ways that as a youngest child he is going to now take that leadership role and be over a parish,” she added.
Bordes said the family did not suspect that he had a call, but in a way the siblings were not surprised when he announced his plan to enter seminary. “We were just so proud of him when he went into communications and was a sports anchor and a news anchor and he gave us each a call and said ‘you know, I think I might go into the priesthood’ and we just really couldn’t be prouder.”
Deacon Adam had to go back to school to earn a theology degree and learn about parish and church administration. Bordes said she knows he has the right personality for the job. “Ever since he was a little child he was so kind and nurturing. He always used his voice to help others and I just feel like he has found his place. He seems completely at peace,” she said.
Bordes said Deacon Adam’s vocation has been a blessing to the whole family that now the whole diocese gets to share. “He comes off as not very shy, but I think in his heart he is and that is sort of unique because it shows his true passion that he continues to talk and mentor and preach I would urge everyone to get to know him. He is such a fun guy. I have a three-year-old and a five-year-old and they have truly learned that priests are not just someone that stand up at Mass every Sunday, they like to watch football games, they like to run they are silly, they will tackle and play, so that has been special for our family as well with so many nieces and nephews,” said Bordes.
While ordinations into the priesthood still take place in the cathedral, Bishop Joseph Kopacz has started ordaining men into the transitional diaconate in their home parishes. Nick considers St. Patrick as his Mississippi home parish since he discerned hiIMG_2420_cs call here.
Denise Huntley is a parishioner at St. Patrick. She said she is thankful Bishop Kopacz was willing to ordain Deacon Adam in Meridian. “This has just been wonderful because we knew Nick before he even thought about becoming a priest and to watch him discern and grow in his faith and make the decision to become a priest – it’s just awesome to be here to celebrate this momentous occasion,” said Huntley.
“We look forward to the final ordination next year. There are not enough people going into the priesthood so to personally know someone like Nick – he’s an amazing young man and he’s going to make a wonderful priest,” said Huntley.
Deacon Adam will spend his transitional year at Jackson St. Richard Parish.

The Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect Louis F. Kihneman III

Bishop Kihneman

Bishop Kihneman

The Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect Louis F. Kihneman III as Fourth Bishop of Biloxi has been rescheduled for Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Biloxi, 870 Howard Avenue.
Vespers will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 7pm.
Pope Francis named Msgr. Louis Kihneman to serve as the fourth Bishop of Biloxi on Dec. 16, 2016 and Bishop-elect Kihneman’s ordination and installation was originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 17, but had to be postponed due to health reasons.

Youth News

SOUTHAVEN – Each year Sacred Heart School students buy paper links for a nickel each and donate the money to a different charity. The children raised a little more than $2,000. This year the money will help the United Way volunteer program. A group of United Way volunteers plans to install running water and electricity in the home of a client of Sacred Heart Southern Missions Social Services.  (Photos by Sr. Margaret Sue Broker)

JACKSON – St. Richard Pre-K students threw beads and candy to the crowd of spectators that lined up for their annual Mardi Gras parade.

VICKSBURG – “King” Sam Armstrong and “Queen” Luella Lambiotte lead the preschool, Montessori and kindergarten classes in the annual Mardi Gras parade outside of Vicksburg Catholic School. Mardi Gras, celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, was traditionally a day to celebrate and eat sweets and meats before the fasting of Lent began. (photo by Ann Robertson)

MCCOMB– At left, preschool students use art to learn about the Bible in St. Alphonsus’ Parish School of Religion. In right photo, Jessica McMillan, at far right, St. Alphonsus Youth Minister begins Parish School of Religion with a song and dance. (Photos by Connie Harrington)

Deacon Miller returns to celebrate Black History Month

By Maureen Smith
CANTON – Deacon Art Miller wants every person he meets to know how important they are to God. The value of each individual played an important part in his homily for the diocesan Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass at Holy Child Jesus Parish on Saturday, Feb. 25. Bishop Joseph Kopacz concelebrated the mass with Father Michael O’Brien, pastor at Canton Sacred Heart and Father Jeremy Tobin, OPraem, one of the Norbertines from Raymond. The Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver attended in regalia.
“I enjoyed this program to the highest. It was so uplifting and spiritual,” said Myrtle Otto, parishioner at Holy Child Jesus. “The speaker was dynamic and he needs to come back again, we love him. Just talking about the spirit of where we come from, our ancestors and our goal to keep going and don’t stop supporting our culture – we should always embrace that and teach our children,” she continued.
Tereza Ma, Mississippi Catholic’s production manager, attended the Mass. “Deacon Miller’s speech was intense and his firm but friendly voice danced around. I like how he engaged the audience,” she said. “He spoke about value and he used brilliant example of the $100 bill – even if it is torn in half, stepped on or shredded onto little pieces – it is still a $100 bill – it has the same value,” she continued. Deacon Miller often preaches about what he calls ‘radical love’ which has to do with accepting the grace and power offered only by Christ. “He emphasized in his homily that God sees the best of us no matter what the other people see or say,” said Ma.
Other attendees agreed. “I thought the program was absolutely wonderful. Deacon Miller did a wonderful job in reminding us how important we are. We are very important in the eyes of God and that was a point well made,” said John Conway.
The Canton gospel choir added their voices and some color to the program. The choir director’s sister made cloth flower pins out of African kente cloth for the people of the parish, explaining that these are the colors of celebration.

After Mass, the community gathered for a picnic on the church grounds. This celebration was originally slated for January in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, but an ice storm made travel too dangerous. Deacon Miller made time on his first visit to visit with students at several schools and was generous enough to offer to return for a Black History Month Celebration. He stopped by several more schools on this return visit – teaching the students about black Catholic history and culture and delivering his message of God’s love for all.
His presentation at Greenville St. Joseph School made an impression on the juniors and seniors. This was “very inspirational and heartwarming. He truly has a passion for inspiring others,” said senior Christen Thompson.
“He absolutely touched these students’ hearts and minds. Hopefully – and I believe it will – this will move them in the right direction,” commented Debbie Williams, a teacher at St. Joseph.
(Missi Blackstock, public relations director for St. Joseph School contributed to this story).

Pastoral Priority community meetings

Bishop Joseph Kopacz and his Envisioning Team will roll out the new Vision, Mission and Pastoral Priorities for the Diocese of Jackson at a series of community meetings throughout March and April of this year. All are invited, but members of pastoral and finance councils are especially encouraged to attend. The meetings are not parish-specific, so anyone can attend any meeting.

Sunday March 19 6 p.m. Jackson St. Dominic Annex
(on I-55 Frontage Road)
Monday March 20 6 p.m. McComb St. Alphonsus
Tuesday March 21 6 p.m. Vicksburg St. Paul
Thursday March 23 6 p.m. Greenwood Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sunday March 26 5 p.m. Southaven Christ the King
Monday March 27 6 p.m. Oxford St. John the Evangelist
Tuesday March 28 6 p.m. Cleveland Our Lady of Victories

Tuesday April 4 6 p.m. Meridian St. Patrick
Thursday April 6 6 p.m. Tupelo St. James

***CORRECTION: Last week’s listing had an additional meeting in Meridian. There is only one meeting in Meridian. We regret the error. ***

Calendar of Events

Assisi Prayer Chain, the power of prayer is available to all those in need through the Assisi Prayer Chain. Call (601) 750-6308 or (225) 205-7455 from 5 – 7 p.m.

AMORY St. Helen, Book Discussion on “The Source” by James Michener, Monday, March 20, at noon at the parish hall. Details: call the church office (662) 256-8392.

CLEVELAND St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1227 Deering St., “Life After Loss.” Are you or someone you know struggling with a personal loss or tragedy? Beginning Wednesday, March 8, and continuing through April 12, a series of six sessions will be held. The sessions are free and last one hour (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Presenter: Larry L. Lambert, NCC, LPC-S. Larry, an Our Lady of Victories parishioner and Licensed Professional Counselor. Details: contact Larry at (662) 719-8756,

GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus, come experience “Inner Healing through the Stations of the Cross,” Sunday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Mercy. Presenters: Father Scott Katzenberger, C.Ss.R and Magdalene Abraham. Participants will meditate on the passion and death of Jesus allowing Him to heal past wounds and brokenness in our lives. Details: (662) 299-1232.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., A Men’s Morning of Spirituality, Saturday, April 1, Incarnation Catholic Church. Keynote speaker: Father Mike Schmitz, Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adults and Newman Center Chaplain for the Diocese of Duluth, Minn. Details: or (901) 853-7468.

GRENADA St. Peter, Lenten Mission, Monday, March 27, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 29, after 6 p.m. Mass. Speaker: Paul George. Paul holds a master of theological studies from the University of Dallas. He directs the campus ministry program at University of Louisiana/Our Lady of Wisdom Parish and serves as a professor of theology at the Aquinas Institute on campus. Details: (662) 226-2490.

GREENWOOD Immaculate Heart of Mary, Knights of Columbus catfish supper, Fridays throughout Lent, fried and grilled catfish plates from 5-7 p.m. in the IHM Parish Center. Cost is $10 per plate. Proceeds benefit Priest Education Fund. Details: (662) 453-3980.

MADISON St. Catherine’s Village, Lunch & Learn, St. Thomas Hall, Wednesday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about St. Catherine’s Village and the great health benefits in volunteering. Lunch will be provided. Details: RSVP to St. Francis of Assisi (601) 856-5556.
– St. Francis of Assisi, Save the Date for Cajun Fest 2017, Saturday, May 21. Details: (601) 856-5556.

TUPELO St. James, Lenten Soup Supper, Friday, March 24, following Stations of the Cross (both led by the Confirmation students). $1 per bowl and dessert available. Entertainment provided by Erin Bristow and several members of the Corpus Christi Choir. $1.00 raffle for chance to win one of 12+ prizes. Proceeds will benefit local, state, national and international charities. Details: Jessica Vaughn (662) 842-4881.

JACKSON Sr. Thea Bowman School, the Eleventh Annual Draw Down, Saturday, April 29. Grand Prize: $5,000. Ticket Cost: $100 and Second Chance: $20. Details: Shae Goodman-Robinson, (601) 352-5441 for tickets.

  • Pro-Life Mississippi Annual Spring Banquet and Silent Auction, Thursday, April 6 at First Baptist Church on State Street. Keynote speaker: Governor Phil Bryant. 5:00 p.m. Table Sponsor cost is $200 (includes eight people). Details: email or (601) 956-8636.

VICKSBURG St. Paul, Christ Life: Discovering Christ. program will be offered again on Wednesdays, beginning March 29 through May 10. Details: Mary Margaret Halford, (601) 994-4856.

Diocesan Confirmation retreat builds community

By Fran Lavelle
CLINTON – What do you get when you mix the Holy Spirit, enthusiastic high school students, dedicated catechists, faith filled college students, an engaging speaker and a beautiful weekend at Camp Garaywa in Clinton? An awesome diocesan high school Confirmation Retreat! The retreat focused on how we are called to service in our families, our community and the world. The Confirmation students were challenged to look for opportunities for service from the smallest acts of kindness.
The retreatants came from parishes of all sizes and demographics from around the diocese Feb. 6-7. Gathered together, the youth beautifully represented the reality of our Catholic faith in the Diocese of Jackson. All together more than 160 youth and adults came together in to pray, reflect, listen and prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Our speaker was Cari Williams, a youth minister and retreat leader from the Diocese of Alexandria, La. Father Rusty Vincent served as the spiritual director for the weekend. We were blessed to have Catholic students from Mississippi State serve as small group leaders.
On Saturday evening retreatants had an opportunity to go to Reconciliation and Sunday morning Bishop Joseph Kopacz celebrated Mass. Recognizing the importance of the sacramental life of the Church helped them better understand the value of completing the sacraments of Initiation through Confirmation. The youth appreciated the opportunity to spend time with Bishop Kopacz. The six priests who came out to hear confessions include Msgr. Elvin Sunds, Fathers Jeffrey Waldrep, Jose de Jesus Sanchez, Joseph Le, Jason Johnston and Rusty Vincent. It was an awesome sight to see nearly every student and adult present to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Asked what they would take away from the retreat many of the young people commented that they recognized a need to spend more time with God. They also saw what the larger Catholic Church in our diocese looks like, especially for smaller parishes with 2-3 students in the Confirmation program.
Making new friends was a natural by-product of the weekend. I hope they continue to pray for one another and reflect on the message of service. I invite you to pray for all the young people in our diocese who are being prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They need our prayers as much as we need their full and active participation in the Church. Confirmation is not Catholic graduation. It is only the beginning of a wonderful life of faith, service and friendship.
(Fran Lavelle is the Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Jackson.)

Chanche medals recall pioneer bishop

medal_img_1242JACKSON – Bishop Joseph Kopacz presented 21 adults and five young people with the Bishop Chanche Award for service during a Mass on Saturday, February 18, in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. The award was established during the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Jackson back in 2012.
Priests and Lay Ecclesial Ministers are invited every year to nominate members of their parish who have offered service to the church. The medal recognizes these unsung heroes for their sacrifices. In many cases, the service may seem simple, someone who cleans the church or makes sure everything is set up for Mass. In other cases, a recipient has led the charge on a huge parish project. Either way, the Bishop Chanche award calls to mind the first bishop of this diocese, John Joseph Chanche, who arrived in the dead of night to lead a diocese with no church buildings, no priests and barely any people. His steadfast courage and persistence remain an inspiration today.
The youth award follows similar guidelines, encouraging young people to embrace their role not as leaders of the future, but as today’s church leaders.
Two recipients received the award posthumously. Robert “Bob” Newell from the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and Jane Sullivan from Tupelo St. James parish both died earlier this year.
Mississippi Catholic does not have room to feature every recipient in print, but a photo gallery of all winners is available online at

Knights of Columbus build ramp for Carmelites


JACKSON – Knights from Clinton, Holy Savior build a ramp for the Sisters at the Carmelite gift shop

By R. Allen Scott
JACKSON – The Carmelite gift shop on Terry Road in Jackson is easier to get into thanks to the Knights of Columbus Council 7854 out of Clinton Holy Savior Parish. The knights built a ramp on the side of the steps and cleaned up some of the convent grounds while they were on the property.
At a planning meeting back in the fall council Chaplin and pastor Father Thomas McGing made several suggestions on community service projects. One of those suggestions was to contact the Carmelites and see if we could offer any assistance.
The Council contacted Sister Mary (Agonoy), OCD, the prioress, and discussed several projects with her.
On October 29, 2016 Knights Allen Scott, Chris Halliwell, Jim Sharp, and Steve Miller and Holy Savior parishioner Maureen Scott cleaned all the statues on the grounds and pressclinton-knights-build-ramp-2_cure washed the sidewalks.
The Sisters have a gift shop on the grounds and the shop was only accessible to the public through a set of steps. According to Sister Mary this severely limited the ability of the handicapped and some elderly persons from easily accessing the gift shop.
On January 21 and 28, the Knights constructed a handicap ramp to the gift shop. The ramp is about 53 feet long and 4 feet wide and is constructed of treated timber. The Knights solicited funds to purchase the materials and provided the labor to construct the ramp. The total material cost was approximately $2,000. Council 7854 Knights who assisted with the project were: Chris Halliwell, Allen Scott, Craig Harrell, Steve Miller, Mike Kirby, Mike Weisenberger, Mike Booth, Arnie Senger, and Charlie Collins. A total of 206 man hours was donated to complete the construction.
(R. Allen Scott is a member of Council 7854)