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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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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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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