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Diocese of Lake Charles 

LAKE CHARLES — Less than 48 hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall on October 9 near Creole, La., the power of prayer was on public display in the Diocese of Lake Charles for the third annual Rosary Around the Lake.

LAKE CHARLES — The Stella Maris Lake Charles Seafarers' Center will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Apostleship of the Sea with a Mass and Eucharistic procession on Saturday, October 3.

The centennial event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Mass in honor of Our Lady Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, will be the Celebrant. A Marian and Eucharistic procession to the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall will follow at 9:30 a.m. leading up to Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament by the Seawall at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, visit the Facebook page "Stella Maris Centennial Boat Procession." Deacon Patrick Lapoint, Sr. is director of the Stella Maris Seafarers' Center at the Port of Lake Charles, and the Very Rev. Rommel Tolentino serves as chaplain.

“In this tragedy, we’ve experienced the love of neighbor helping neighbor and strangers helping strangers,” Bishop Glen John Provost said about recovery efforts of Hurricane Laura during an interview with Chris Welty of KATC-TV 3: Acadiana's Newschannel. Click here to read story and watch video about how the Diocese of Lake Charles is picking up the pieces from the August 27 Category 4 storm.

Religious Sisters of Mercy serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles are, from left, Sister Miriam MacLean, Sister Mary Thoma Houseal, Sister Marirose Rudek, Sister Mary Benedicta Maier, and Sister Mary Hanah Doak.

 

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, celebrated the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, patroness and protectress of their religious order, with a Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, D.D., M.A., Bishop of Lake Charles and celebrant of the Mass, was joined by several priests in the Diocese on this special occasion.

 

 “Religious Life affords more lively, solid and lasting happiness
than all the variety the world could give.”
Mother Catherine McAuley

 

Mary is the Mother of Christ who cooperated with the Lord’s will at every moment of her life. She is the Mother of Mercy because she is the Mother of Jesus Christ, Mercy Incarnate. Standing by her Son at the foot of the Cross, she was given as mother to every disciple. She continues to invite each Sister of Mercy to the foot of the Cross of her Son. Holding the Sister into this mystery, Mary assists her to be an instrument of Mercy.

Several priests from the Diocese of Lake Charles were in attendance
at a special Mass for the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan,
held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Sisters of Mercy serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles are Sister Miriam MacLean, Sister Marirose Rudek, Sister Mary Thoma Houseal, Sister Mary Hanah Doak, and Sister Mary Benedicta Maier.

Each Sister wears a Mercy Cross around her neck to remind her that she is to be the convergence point of the misery of mankind and the mercy of God. There is no corpus on the Mercy Cross, because the Sister wearing it is to be the corpus. The black of the Cross symbolizes the misery of mankind, sin, darkness, and suffering. The white of the Cross symbolizes the mercy of God, His light, purity, unfading brilliance and His descent into our misery.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy are located in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Their Motherhouse is in Alma, Michigan. For more information, visit https://www.rsmofalma.org

View more photos on Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles Facebook Page.