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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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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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A Pastoral Letter on COVID -19

July 27, 2020 A letter to the good people of the Diocese of Louisiana “Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me;All day long they assault ...
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Statement from the Province IV Bishops of The Episcopal Church

We, the Bishops of The Episcopal Church in Province IV, lead dioceses most of which were historically part of the states of the old Confederacy. As bishops in this region, ...
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Finding God in All of This Disorder

Dear Communicants of the Diocese of Louisiana, I watched with interest as President Trump stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, holding up a Bible. This followed ...
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June 2 Clergy Call Recap

Dear friends, Thank you for your time this morning. I wanted to get this follow up out to you as soon as possible since much of this is time-sensitive with ...
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April 21 Clergy Conference Call Recap on COVID-19

Dear friends, We were joined by Ms. Mary Munger, LCSW. She passed along helpful information regarding stress, anxiety and coping.  A copy of her presentation can be found here.  I hope that ...
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April 7 Clergy Conference Call Recap on COVID-19

Dear clergy, Blessings as you enter into this Triduum. I am so grateful and impressed by the ways that you are working through this time with your congregations. It was also ...
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April 12, 2020: Bishop Thompson’s Easter Sermon

"We are not alone. In the midst of our darkness, God knows our name and is calling us to remember this day of resurrection; this day of new life; this ...
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March 31 Clergy Call Recap on COVID-19

Dear friends, Thank you for your time and prayers today. It was good to see you all. * There have been a lot of questions and information circulating about the  details ...
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March 24 Clergy Conference Call Recap on COVID-19

Dear clergy, Thank you for participating in the call this morning. It was good to see all of your faces. Again, it's important for you to make every effort to ...
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Pastoral Letter: March 17 Update COVID-19

Dear friends, As a follow up to my email last night, I want to further clarify a few things for us all. This is an ever-changing situation and we are ...
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Pastoral Letter – Update on COVID-19 Guidelines

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I write to you in the midst of our historic health crises. It is truly difficult to comprehend the movement of the virus and the impact ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Statement Following Governor John Bel Edwards Proclamation Halting Any Gathering of More Than 250 People

Earlier today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13th. I support the Governor’s proclamation. However, I would ...
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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thompson Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

To My Sisters and Brothers in Christ: I write this letter as your chief pastor. For the past several months our news feeds have been inundated with reports regarding the ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Devotion to God. Devotion to America.

This past Sunday’s gospel had to do with Nicodemus’ going to Jesus in the night.  Nicodemus is the patron saint for curiosity.  Several times he seeks Jesus because there is ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Relationship With God and God’s Creation

The other day I was reading an article where the author was making a case for global warming. At the bottom of the article were opinions from readers. One particular ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Idolatry

Several months ago I was introduced to Bowing Toward Babylon by Craig M. Watts. This offering came at a time when I was wrestling with how to make sense of ...
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Invitation to the Bishop’s Lenten Book Study 2020

This coming Lent I want to introduce to the Diocese two books that have caused significant reflection. The first is Bowing Toward Babylon by Craig M. Watts. The second selection ...
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