Burmese refugee mother holding her baby

Imagine having to leave behind your home, friends, family, church … everything you ever knew … and start life in a new country.  For us in South Louisiana, that concept is not so foreign having lived through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But even before that catastrophe, Catholic Charities had three decades of helping people rebuild their lives in a new country.

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge began resettling refugees after the fall of Vietnam in 1974 on behalf of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as part of our Catholic mission to welcome the stranger. Today, our refugee clients are fleeing war, violence and religious persecution from Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, Bhutan, the Congo, and others. 

Couple praying with Catholic Charities worker midst the rubble of their homeThe bishops of Louisiana have asked the faithful to pray the following prayer, daily if possible during the hurricane season which extends each year from June 1 to November 30, that we and our lands and belongings may be preserved safe from harm.  

Prayer for Safety In Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world,
hear the humble voices of your children.
The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
and returned to its former quietude. Read more ... 
BY ROBERT STEWART, The Advocate staff writer
May 22, 2012

Capital Area United Way will provide $6.7 million to agencies in the Baton Rouge metro area for community programs in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the organization announced Friday.
More than 130 programs provided by 50 agencies will receive money, according to a news release from Capital Area United Way.

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