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While many things have remained uncertain throughout the weeks of social distancing and COVID-19, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and the Cowboy Catholics student ministry at McNeese State University remains dedicated to their mission to form lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Cowboy Catholics adapted to the challenging times with the use of technology to keep their students engaged during this time of social isolation. This allowed the mission of the organization to spread beyond its typical boundaries — the college campus.  

“The church doors may be closed, but our mission is still moving forward,” said Allie Livingston, development director of Cowboy Catholics. “The virus cannot infect the mission of the Church.”

A total of 16 weekly bible studies led by FOCUS missionaries and student leaders continued to meet online throughout the semester. Participating in bible studies has allowed students to stay in contact and further develop relationships with each other and the Lord.

To meet the needs of key student leaders, the ReachMore student evangelization team received daily content to aid them in spiritual growth. Weekly meetings moved online to hold each other accountable and discuss advancing the Gospel on the McNeese campus.

Campus Minister Randall Edwards sees the importance of continued formation with students because “college ministry is about forming their whole lives” and giving them the tools to be successful in every part of their lives, even after their time at McNeese State.

The Rev. Nathan Long, Randall Edwards, FOCUS missionaries, student leaders and other staff members are also meeting with students via phone call and video call to offer support, prayer and continued one-on-one discipleship. 

“Cowboy Catholic’s continued activity reminds me that Christ is in control of this situation,” said Wendy Maggio, Cowboy Catholic junior. “He will bring great good out of it, no matter how dark it may seem at the moment.”

As the spring semester comes to a close and the summer semester approaches, Cowboy Catholics is still taking steps to encounter students, build them in their faith and send them to live out their Baptismal call.   

Because of the faithful support of the Catholic community, alumni, and parents, Cowboy Catholics is able to reach more students for Christ. For more information about supporting Catholic campus ministry at McNeese State University visit or contact Allie Livingston at 337-477-1434.

LAKE CHARLES — The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, joined Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishopson May 1, in renewing the Consecration of the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church. U.S. bishops also joined bishops and faithful in Canada as they consecrated their country to Mary. 

LAKE CHARLES — A total of six St. Louis Catholic High School seniors have been recognized for their athletic achievements recently — two signing letters of intent and four others receiving LHSAA All-Academic Composite Team honors for maintaining a 4.00 unweighted GPA throughout their high school careers.


St. Louis senior golfer McKenzie LeDuff had to sign her letter of intent at home this year, but she still made her commitment to Alabama State University official despite the atypical circumstances surrounding COVID-19. 


LeDuff won the 2019 Division I individual girls state championship and was hoping for a chance to defend her title before the LHSAA season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, LeDuff said Alabama State will be “her dream school” after she had the chance to tour the campus and meet coach Quincy Heard in February. 


LeDuff’s mother and grandmother were with her when she signed her letter of intent at home on April 16, and they FaceTimed her grandparents in New Orleans. While it wasn’t the usual Saints celebration in the Commons because of the school closure, LeDuff remains grateful for all of her St. Louis Catholic High memories, especially under the direction of girls golf coach Sid Briscoe. 


“If first met Mr. Briscoe the summer of fifth grade when I was really little,” LeDuff said. “He took my game from 6th-8th grade — he was my only coach, and in the eighth grade I went the entire middle school season undefeated. … So, in between 6th-8th grade, he’s the one who really got me started and got me serious.” 


Track and field athlete Luke Benoit signed his letter of intent with the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Benoit said he can’t wait to continue the momentum of this season at St. Louis Catholic, though it was cut short due to COVID-19, at college in Lafayette. 

Benoit said he visited ULL in November, and the school’s location and atmosphere made it appealing to the Grand Lake native. 

“I wanted to get away from home, but not too far away,” he said. “There’s always something about Lafayette; it’s bigger than Lake Charles but not too big.” 


Benoit said he has many fond memories of his one year at St. Louis — especially coach Johnny Giardina. 

“I loved being on the 4 x 400 at St. Louis. I actually liked a relay for once because we had such a good team,” he said. “It was a big move for me from Grand Lake to here, especially for my senior year. At St. Louis, people were joining track because they actually wanted to win and try, and it pushed me, too. I wish Coach Johnny could come with me to college … There’s just something about him, how he’d chase you around the track and yell at you; it was awesome to be with him.” 

Seniors Maggie Bruchhaus (tennis), Ethan Hebert (tennis), Carson Mixon (baseball), and Sophie Stine (track & field) are receiving All-Academic Composite Team honors for 2019-2020 from LHSAA for at least a second time this year.  To earn Composite Team honors, a student-athlete must have an unweighted 4.00 GPA and cannot have a ‘B’ on their transcripts. Brucchaus (basketball), Hebert (cross country and soccer), Mixon (football) and Stine (volleyball) earned recognition for their academic and athletic achievements at prior LHSAA state events this year. 

"We are very happy that these outstanding young men and women have been recognized again for their years of hard work in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors,” said St. Louis Catholic Athletic Director Pat Neck. “We are obviously very sad their seasons were cut short but know that they will all succeed in whatever their future plans are.” 


NEW ORLEANS — The 41st session of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS), a graduate theology program and school of pastoral ministry that meets each summer, will convene at Xavier University as scheduled and run from Sunday, June 28, through Friday, July 17, but due to the public health emergency presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s session — classes and Community Life — will be conducted online, according to Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, director of the Institute.

April 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  

It has been four weeks since we suspended public religious services in the Diocese of Lake Charles, granting a dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass on the days required.   We desperately miss the Sacraments being celebrated openly and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  At the same time, the COVID-19 virus continues to menace our population.