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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) initiated its Incident Management Plan to respond to the floods inundating our Diocese. The group is asking for cash donations to help meet those needs. 

"While the exact role and activities will vary and be unique to each disaster,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director, "we focus on filling gaps in existing services, primarily for the most vulnerable populations and those with the greatest needs.”

At this time, the Disaster Operations staff are contacting entities within the affected parishes, churches, GOHSEP, and VOAD, identifying special needs populations and finding where gaps in services might exist. From there the agency will develop a plan of action for their response in the initial relief stage of the disaster.  Once the damages are assessed, they’ll start preparing for the recovery phase of the disaster. 

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Downtown Way of the Cross set for Good Friday

Way of the CrossCatholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge and St. Joseph Cathedral will host their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday, March 25 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. 

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In the News: Group works to clear adoption misconceptions

Published in The Advocate, 3/5/2016Adoption forum panelists

Abortion alternative presented

by Mark H. Hunter, Special to The Advocate

Nina, a waitress who works in a busy New York City restaurant, discovers she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion because, she tells a friend, “I can’t even take care of myself, let alone a baby.”

Her friend Jose, the restaurant’s chef, counsels her to consider adoption but supports her by accompanying her to an abortion clinic. While lying on the table, Nina realizes she can’t go through with it and eventually gives the baby up for adoption to Jose, who is not the biological father. 

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Mother sees son she left in African refugee camp a decade ago

Son embraces mother in airport

Published in The Advocate, 3/22/2015

By Andrea Gallo, The Advocate reporter 

Twelve minutes before she was to be reunited with her son, Catherine Clarke broke down.

More than 10 years of missing her baby boy — who she left at a refugee camp in western sub-Saharan Africa when he was a teenager and she came to the United States — came tumbling out of her. The 59-year-old mother screamed, hissed, sobbed and laughed as she squirmed in a plastic gray chair at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.

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FAQ's regarding Syrian Refugees in Louisiana

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program has been welcoming people to our Diocese since 1974. Chances are ... you know someone we helped. In response to the flood of misinformation spreading through social media and the high volume of inquiries we've received in the past few days, we've put together a list of FAQs concerning Syrian refugees in Louisiana and the refugee process. Check back for future developments.  

You can help. Please share our message. Read the message from the Diocese of Baton Rouge and  the Archbishop of New Orleans’ message about the Catholic Church’s role in resettlement.  Get the real facts about the resettlement process from a reliable source. Open your heart and answer Jesus' biblical call to welcome the stranger.

How many refugees, and specifically Syrians, are in the Baton Rouge area?

A State Department web site reveals 15 total refugees, of all nationalities, have resettled in Louisiana in the month of October, since the Federal government announced it would resettle 10,000 Syrians throughout the nation.  

None, 0, of these 15 are from Syria.  Most are from Asia. 

Currently there are no Syrians scheduled for resettlement in the Diocese of Baton Rouge through March of 2016.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge resettled one, 1, Syrian last year, and that person subsequently moved out of Louisiana and their case transferred to another agency.  Federal officials track these cases, not CCDBR, and these relocations are routine.

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