ST. AMANT, La. – Emotion, fueled by centuries of oppression but buoyed with the idealism of hope, permeated the nearly 100-year-old walls of Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant on a steamy Saturday morning.
During June, eight Ursuline Academy students and two high school administrators attended a mission trip at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, West Virginia, through the academy’s service immersion program called “Beyond Our Borders,” started in 2013.
When I wrote a whimsical New Year’s Eve sports prediction column last December in homage to my late father – who penned his for more than a half-century as a columnist for The States-Item and The Times-Picayune – the common thread was my grave doubt that the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board could dogpaddle fast enough to rise above its well-earned public reputation as the aquatic version of the 1980 Saints.
A recent Pew Research study found only 31% of U.S. Catholics they surveyed believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist – that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ during transubstantiation.