Message from the Bishop

Pastoral notes, sermons, and reflections from the Rt. Rev’d Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana.

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Pastoral Letter to the Diocese Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Dear Friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I write to you with much sadness. This morning the U. S ...
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Call to the Special Meeting of Convention to Elect a Bishop

Dear Clergy and Lay Delegates, You are being called to gather on May 14 at Christ Church Cathedral for the purpose of electing the next bishop of the Diocese of ...
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Mask Mandate

December 20, 2021 Dear Sisters and Brothers, Once again we find ourselves at a crossroad. COVID cases are climbing at dangerous rates and we are expecting large crowds for Christmas Eve ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Address to the 184th Annual Convention

Convention 2021 Several years ago I was in my favorite grocery store in line to check out. Grocery shopping is one of my joys. I enjoy seeing all the items ...
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Mask Mandate Has Been Lifted

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am reaching out to you in response to the recent statement by state and local officials regarding the lifting of the mask mandate. As I ...
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Invitation to the 184th Annual Convention

My Sisters and Brothers in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana: Grace and peace to each of you. I hope all of you are making your way through our latest challenge, ...
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Clergy Follow Up Call September 1: Hurricane Ida Update

Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your time today. It was good to have a moment to check in and update one another on our current situation. Below is ...
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Pastoral Note from Bishop Thompson Following Hurricane Ida

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Earlier this morning, I received an email from the interim head at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. Fr. Millican shared the following prayer with the ...
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Clergy Call Follow-Up: Preparing for Hurricane Ida

Dear friends, Thank you for your time today. Please stay safe and know that we are here to help not only throughout the storm but also in the days to ...
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A Prayer Before Hurricane Ida

My friends, As Hurricane Ida approaches, we find ourselves in a familiar, yet nonetheless significant time of worry and fear. This is especially true as the storm will make landfall ...
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Indoor Mask Mandate Reinstated for Church Gatherings

Dear Friends, By now you have heard Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has reinstated a statewide indoor mask mandate. It has been imposed due to the rapidly rising COVID cases ...
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Delta Variant of COVID19

Dear Friends, I hope all of you are finding ways to refresh your lives this summer. With all we have been through, it is important for us to step back ...
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The Verdict

The verdict is in and, for many Americans, the trial went the way they hoped.  A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd.  Justice was served, at least ...
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Death of the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Jenkins, Tenth Bishop of Louisiana

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of the Rt. Rev. Charles Edward Jenkins III, tenth bishop of ...
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Bishop Thompson Announces Retirement in November 2022

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sisters and Brothers, I write to you in the 11th year of my consecration to the Bishop of the Diocese of ...
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Centering Ourselves in Our Prayer Following the Violence in Washington D.C

My dear friends, In times such as these often our need for centering comes in the form of what we know to be true, scripture and our Book of Common ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Christmas Message 2020

In my mind I’ve been playing over and over again the Christmas hymn, "In the Bleak Midwinter." [1] The first stanza: In the bleak mid-winterFrosty wind made moan;Earth stood hard ...
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Message to the Diocese Following Hurricane Zeta

To my brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, I pray that this message finds you well. Hurricane Zeta brought devastating winds to our diocese particularly in the ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Sermon 183rd Annual Convention

2020 Convention In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. One of my favorite southern writers is Rick Bragg. So often he takes me ...
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Hurricane Laura Assistance

To my brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, I am grateful to God for our safety as well as your eagerness to respond to those in need ...
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