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Dear friends,

First of all, I want to extend my deepest thanks for the ministry that you continue to provide to the survivors of the recent floods. As your bishop, I am so grateful to walk through this time with you as we do our best to meet the needs of those who have lost so much.

I am also writing to inform you of a few changes in our response team. The Rev. Mark Holland has been called as Priest in Charge of St. Francis, Denham Springs. He will, over the next few months, help guide them through many important decisions that they face in regards to rebuilding and renovating the property. This is a wonderfully faithful congregation and I am grateful to Mark for stepping into this important role. He will begin his work with them immediately.

Because of this, the Very Rev. Dr. Roman Roldan, Dean of the Baton Rouge Deanery, will step in as response coordinator. He will work alongside Deacon Clements, Canon Manning and my staff as we continue to move into new phases of recovery. Roman’s background and leadership will be a tremendous assets in this process and I thank him for his service to this diocese. Roman’s email is

The leadership and dedication that you provide as clergy and laity is a beacon of hope in the midst of a difficult time. You are truly the hands of feet of Christ to those whom you serve.

Please contact me if you have any questions and you remain in my prayers.

Faithfully yours,

The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana

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