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The Fr. Ignatius Roppolo Memorial Endowment Proudly Sponsors

Forming Just Disciples: 
Sacramental Life and Catholic Social Teaching 

Free and Open to the Public

Those involved in Faith Formation in schools or parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans who attend both sessions will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Catholic Book Store, 3003 S. Carrollton Ave, New Orleans.


Justice for all people and all creation is central to Jesus’ message. Similarly, Pope Francis diagnoses modern society's afflictions and prescribes gospel-based therapies. For example, he urges us to "be committed to living and teaching the value of respect, a love capable of welcoming differences, and the priority of the dignity of every human being over his or her ideas, opinions, practices, and even sins" (Fratelli Tutti, 191). Inspired by Jesus and Pope Francis, these panel presentations speak to the responsibility of the local faith community to form justice-oriented missionary disciples through effective celebration of the sacraments informed by Catholic Social Teaching. All are welcome.

Sacraments of Initiation and Catholic Social Teaching

This panel addresses how, through Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation, newcomers to the faith become members of the Body of Christ, bound by Jesus’ commitment to just living.  

Date:           February 22, 2021

Time:           7:00-8:30 p.m. CST

Moderator:  Sarah DeMarais, Loyola University New Orleans

Panelists:    Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Xavier University of Louisiana; Matt Rousso, Director, Maryknoll Gulf South Affiliatess; Thomas Ryan, Loyola University New Orleans

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Sacraments of Healing and Catholic Social Teaching

This panel addresses how the Sacraments of Healing offer the faithful an experience of healing--body and soul, anticipate a day when God "will wipe every tear from [our] eyes, and there shall be no more death, wailing, or pain" (Rev. 21:4), and invite the faithful to be agents of justice and healing in Church, world, and creation today. 

Date:           March 8, 2021

Time:           7:00-8:30 p.m. CST

Moderator:  Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Xavier University of Louisiana

Panelists:    Valerie Lewis-Mosley, Xavier University of Louisiana and Ed Vacek, SJ, Loyola University New Orleans 

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This event is supported by the Fr. Ignatius Roppolo Memorial Endowment. Archbishop Gregory Aymond wrote recently that Msgr. Roppolo was "a beloved priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans who ... had a pastoral heart and truly gave of his life in a collegial and collaborative way to strengthen the church among us."

For more information to donate to support the Endowment, please email Paula Stuckart at