A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on October 21 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baton Rouge. A large crowd of St. Joseph’s Academy alumnae, faculty/staff, friends and associates of the Sisters gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral for the 2 p.m. liturgy.
Bishop Michael Duca was the principal celebrant, and Bishop Robert Muench delivered the homily. Concelebrants were a number of priests who have worked with the Sisters at St. Joseph’s Academy and throughout the diocese in various ministries.
Hugo Andricain and Melanie Couvillon ’86 served as cantors. Andricain wrote a special song for the occasion, which was among the pieces sung by an alumnae choir under the direction of Janelle Couvillon. Musicians were Camilla Rachal Pugh ’59, organ, and Ken Thevenet, piano.
The five members of the new Leadership Team for the Congregation of St. Joseph traveled to Baton Rouge for the celebration. They are Sisters Pat Warbritton, Marie Hogan, Sallie Latkovich, Jackie Goodin and Kathy Brazda.
Student Ambassadors assisted as ushers and greeters at the mass.
A reception followed mass in the Cathedral Hall.
Members of the Liturgy Planning Committee were Hugo Andricain, Sister Mary Anne Hebert, Sister Adele Lambert ’54, Sister Joan Laplace, Kathleen Lovretich and Sister Lucy Silvio ’59.
Watch the mass on Catholic Life Television here
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Richard Meek and Stacy Rennhoff