CCDBR offers 50th Anniversary Conference on Adoption

Portrait of Jane CravensIn conjunction with the celebration of our 50th anniversary, Catholic Charities is excited to present "A Holistic Approach to the Adoption Journey" on Tuesday, May 6, with keynote speaker Janie Cravens, LCSW. Ms. Cravens is a pioneer in her field and a vocal advocate for growth and understanding among all members of the adoption constellation.

This seminar will offer invaluable insight to all touched by adoption - adopted people, adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, and birth parents.  Specialized learning about the complexities involved in adoption practice will be particularly beneficial to professionals including social workers, counselors, child welfare workers, attorneys, and judges. Qualifies for CEUs. 

Janie Cravens is a dynamic, internationally-renowned speaker and an authority on the topic of wholeness in the adoption journey.  We hope that you will join us for this intriguing presentation.

Click here to register. 

Safe Families provides a haven for families in crisis

Published in The Catholic Commentator on April 4, 2014

By Richard Meek

Pinwheel garden at Catholic Life Center

As dawn’s first light heralded the arrival of Christmas morning, one needy Baton Rouge family awoke to holiday trappings normally reserved for the more fortunate.

Under the tree toys, a winter coat and even the dazzle of a shiny new bike awaited the 3-year-old boy. But the parents were not forgotten, either, also being able to experience the childlike thrill of ripping into Christmas presents.

Later that day, the family enjoyed a holiday dinner replete with ham and all of the trimmings.

“It was emotional, probably one of the best Christmases I've ever had,” said the mother, 36, who asked not to be identified. “I’ll never forget it.”

The family’s idyllic Christmas was made possible by Safe Families for Children, a national program launched locally by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge two years ago. Multi-faceted by design, the program offers a safety net for families in crisis.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and St. Joseph Cathedral gather for Way of the Cross: Passion of Christ, Passion of the World

(Baton Rouge, La.)—Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge and St. Joseph Cathedral will host their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The procession will begin at St. Joseph Cathedral, travel a 14-station station route throughout the State Capitol grounds, and return to the steps of the Cathedral.  

The Way of the Cross is a symbolic pilgrimage highlighting the suffering of Christ in the world today through the poor, abandoned, abused, ill and homeless. It is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge faith community to come together for a day of united prayer. 

Check out this video from the 2010 Way of the Cross. 


Catholic Charities celebrates The Hoormans during Volunteer Appreciation Month

Mike and Vicki Hoorman visit with a girl and her fatherSince 2007, Catholic Charities volunteers Mike and Vicki Hoormann have lovingly welcomed 20 newborns into their home, providing temporary care as they await their permanent adoptive homes. Despite many sleepless nights, Vicki and Mike believe being a boarding care family is their ministerial calling, especially since they can serve together as a couple. 

Not only do they build strong bonds with the babies, but they also welcome the new parents into their hearts, their homes, and their lives. They serve as a bridge connecting parents to the priceless details of their babies first few days in the world.

We are most grateful to Vicki and Mike for their years of service, sleepless nights and selfless love given to infants in need. 

Find out how you can volunteer at Catholic Charities, click here to send an email. 

Operation Rice Bowl

Give to Operation Rice Bowl during Lent

During the season of Lent, we are called to prayer, fasting, and alms giving.  Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl can help your family bring these spiritual practices to life, while responding to the needs of those who are hungry in our own community and around the world.
By responding to the simple, yet powerful Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving through CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl, faithful families in our diocese are making a positive difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters who are most in need.  This truly is a faithful response to Jesus’ teaching that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” 

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