Louisiana Esperanza Project Announcement

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Holy family logo--click to give to the Louisiana Esperanza ProjectTo help sponsored refugee children seeking protection in the United States, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) has established the Louisiana Esperanza Project and received initial pledges of $310,000 over the next four years.

“The children at our border are some of the most vulnerable children on our continent,” said Winifred Reilly, who with her husband Kevin Reilly, Jr. helped kickoff the project with a challenge grant.   “Their parents have the same hopes and dreams as we all have for our own.”  

The project follows a statement by the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops issued earlier this month in which the Bishops urged protection of these vulnerable children and respect for their families.

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Catholic Charities offers free expert help at Naturalization Workshop

Citizenship Day flyerCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is offering a day of free legal assistance to help qualified legal residents become U.S. citizens on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the EBR Jones Creek Library at 6222 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, LA. Experienced immigration attorneys and volunteers will review citizenship documents and offer assistance with applications. 

The Naturalization Workshop is supported by Capital Area United Way and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. 

“Becoming a citizen can be a maze and an intimating process for many,” said Corina Salazar, Director of the Refugee & Immigration Services. “Our staff and volunteers know how tough it is. Many have become U.S. citizens through the process themselves.”


Catholic Charities announces more immigrant children to receive legal help

Baton Rouge, LA--Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) announced today that more immigrant children, all seeking safety from violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador and living with guardians in Louisiana, will receive legal help from its Louisiana Esperanza Project (Esperanza). The agency was granted two new legal recruits—an attorney and paralegal--through the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship Program. 


Downtown Way of the Cross set for Good Friday

(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 3 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. 


CCDBR comments on Obama Immigration Executive Order

David Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge says Obama’s announcement is definitely a step in the right direction—albeit temporary and partial. “It will keep families together and give those that are undocumented a reason to enter a legal process, undergo a criminal background check, and pay their back taxes so they can fully be a part of our communities.”


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