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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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. 

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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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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. 

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LCCB STATEMENT ON UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS

The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB) acknowledges the humanitarian crisis surrounding unaccompanied refugee minors who have entered our country from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We must address this reality with a spirit that honors the sanctity of the family and works to protect the vulnerable. Read more.

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