Evergreen Life Services


Evergreen Life Services, formerly Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, is “a charitable, non-profit organization that provides a full range of professional services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Founded in 1959, with corporate headquarters in Haughton, Louisiana, ELS now serves nearly 1,300 individuals, in over 20 locations in 8 states throughout the Southeast and beyond, and is a recent Works of Mercy Trust grant recipient. In addition to your welcome financial gifts, Evergreen Life Services offers opportunities to assist with regular fundraisers, special events, and your volunteer support. For additional information, please visit the ELS website:

One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information:


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Of Use to One Worthy of Worship

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2012

In the prophecy of Isaiah we find excellent examples of the descriptive and poetic language so typical of the major Old Testament prophets. For many students, a favorite metaphor is that of a potter and the chosen medium, the clay. “Woe to him who contends with his Maker; a potsherd among potsherds of the earth! Dare the clay say to its modeler, ‘What are you doing?’ ” more


From St. Gregory of Nyssa:

“Hope always draws the soul from the beauty that is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is perceived.” 


Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, the year just prior to his passing, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust, helping to fund area ministries through awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Over half a million dollars have been given to date, and six worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this May. The following six organizations offer the kinds of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was so well known, and each is a welcome addition to the list of past recipients: the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BYRC), Life of a Single Mom, the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center.


A blessing from St. Paul, that you may abound in hope: “May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?

Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:


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Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Bishop Michael Gerard Duca

Sixth Bishop of Baton Rouge



Prior to his installation service, on Thursday, August 23, Bishop Michael G. Duca participated in a service of prayer at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. St. Joseph Cathedral hosted the Rite of Installation Mass for Bishop Duca the following day, the afternoon of Friday, August 24. Through the excellent ministry of Catholic Life Television, you’ll find full video of the Prayer Service, as well as the Rite of Installation Mass, provided below.

Evening Prayer with Bishop Michael G. Duca

Rite of Installation Mass for Bishop Michael G. Duca

The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer september2018To Understand the Way, Along the Way

With summer vacations in the rearview mirror, discussions of school, new teachers, assignments, and fall sports are seasoned by the memories created in recent months, a souvenir or two, maybe even a T-shirt or hat that helps us remember a recent visit to an amusement park, national park or historic site. Perhaps, along the way, relationships with family and friends have taken on new meaning, helping shape the most important fruit of any trip: great conversations and time together. That is, if we take time to more


Don’t Forget to Ask
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry september2018Show No Partiality

“My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Sit here, please,’ while you say to the poor one, ‘Stand there,’ or ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs” (James 2:1-5). Yes, you have.. . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance september2018What Treasure Will You Store?


The year he turned twenty-one, Andras Grof escaped war-torn Hungary and made his way to the United States, no money in his pocket and minimal skill with the English language. He took a job as a busboy, completed a bachelor’s degree, and ultimately earned a PhD. Though he wrote the text, having changed his name to Andy Grove, we know him for the billions he made as president and CEO of Intel. He came to the United States penniless. But, when he died in 2016, months shy of his eightieth birthday, he’d also helped to redefine individual and corporate philanthropy, donating millions and millions of dollars. What a way to invest your riches. In the Book of James, we read of another model.. . .read more


They’re Serving Manna Again ... read more

“Don’t think that, because the particular virtues you have in mind don’t shine in your neighbor, he won’t be precious in God’s sight for something you’re not thinking about.”                                                                                              

                                                                                 St. John of the Cross


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