Post-Semester Silence By: Fr. Patrick S. Broussard, Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center Each December between finals and graduation, a group of students head out for a few days of silent prayer and reflection. This year 24 students made the trek to Chatawa, Mississippi in order to go deeper in…

By Sarah Ledet (Sarah is a Junior from Rayne studying Elementary Education.) I signed up for the silent retreat because I felt distant from God, resistant too. But the very first day, God showed me that He’s always with me because He dwells in my heart, the truest part of me. My problem was my…

Since being assigned to Our Lady of Wisdom on the UL campus, I have preached many times on vocations to the priesthood. I have also mentioned my own journey to the priesthood on several other occasions. The reason I do this is because I know that there are young men sitting in our pews who…

I was reflecting recently on the priests and religious who had the most significant impact on me during my five years (1996-2001) of formation  at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. There was Pope St. John Paul II, professors such as Fr. Wojciech Giertych and Cardinal Ouellet, the Missionaries of Charity, and of course our rector, (then) Msgr. Timothy Dolan….

A local Baton Rouge news station recently featured our own Heather Sikes. See the story and video here!

This past week I found myself in a position in which no one wants to find themselves; I was locked out of Facebook. I know what’s going through your mind. “Father, how did you do it? How did you survive?” I must admit, it was tough, but I pulled through. Apparently, Facebook is trying really…

I celebrated my first Ash Wednesday as a priest this year. I spent most of the day worrying and making sure that I knew what I was doing for the liturgy. I had been preoccupied with making sure that I did everything correctly (which isn’t a bad thing). Mass began without any major problems and…

The Desacralization of Venus By: Christopher Derrick This article was originally published in the September 12, 1981 issue of America magazine.  This question of contraception and Humanae Vitae is getting to be a bore, and worse. It tries to hog the stage, it obtrudes itself most divisively into every kind of dialogue and debate, as…

by Emily Broussard It will be 6 years this fall since I pledged Kappa Delta at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette. Looking back at my time in the chapter, and now at my time as an alumna, I see the beauty that this Greek organization had in my life, the goodness that it taught, and…

From the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics to the Missionaries of Charity By Claire Metrejean Note: Claire Metrejean, UL Lafayette graduate and Lafayette native, entered the Missionaries of Charity on January 6, 2015. The Missionaries of Charity are a religious order of sisters started by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in 1950. The M.C.s work with the poorest…

This past week I capped off an amazing first semester as associate pastor at Our Lady of Wisdom with a silent retreat. Twenty-one students spent four days in silence with the Lord after a busy semester and I had the privilege of directing five of them. It was my eighth silent retreat, but my first…

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week. It is celebrated this week because the U.S. bishops wanted to tie it to All Saint’s Day in order to stress that we are all first and foremost called to holiness. In celebration of this week, I invited our vocations director to celebrate our noon Mass on the…

“Last week felt like a retreat!” said one of my friends commenting on the visitation of the Dominican Friars and Sisters to the University of Louisiana’s campus. I would definitely have to agree that their coming brought an escape from college life (roommates, homework, and life in general). Unlike a retreat, the Dominican Blitz allowed…

Thursday night the students of UL and the local community got to witness a phenomenal presentation on the Shroud of Turin by expert Russ Breault. For an hour and a half he presented us with the cold hard facts about why the Shroud of Turin is indeed the burial cloth of Christ. From start to…

Today I woke up to a social media explosion. On the heals of a Ragin Cajun victory over Arkansas State on ESPN 2 there was much to celebrate. Late in the game the Cajuns had an eight point lead with about a minute and a half to go. We had a comfortable lead, but the…

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