527 North Boulevard - 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

March 31st - April 1st


Taking a trip through history, in Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Assembly events were integrated with historic locations in downtown Lake Charles

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  The Cathedral recently celebrated its 100th birthday.  Designed and built in 1913 by the noted New Orleans architectural firm of Favrot and Livaudais, this present structure replaced the original Immaculate Conception Church burned in the fire of 1910.


Calcasieu Marine National Bank.  This neo-classical structure is another prominent design of Favrot and Livaudais, built in 1928.


Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.  It was once home to Saint Katharine Drexel, who opened a school for Black and Native American students in the local area.

Business Session Highlight:

Focus on Predatory Payday Lending

Assembly Delegates passed a Resolution regarding Predatory Payday Lending. The LIC Public Policy Task Force is encouraging all to review this matter and lend your voice to help support the unfortunate victims of these lending practices. More info. can be found regarding predatory payday lending at http://www.labudget.org/lbp/payday

lendingquickfacts/ .


Update 4/30/14 Senate Bill 84, an effort to reform Payday Lending, died on the Senate floor, as it could not meet the two-thirds requirement to pass. There will be an even more concentrated effort to push for reform at the next legislative session.

Congrats to: 

Most Reverend Shelton Joseph Fabre

Newly installed President, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.


Bishop Jacob Owensby of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, was elected to fill the position of President-Elect.

Welcome to all of our New Delegates!

Below are pictured two that we happened to catch on camera:

Mr. Glenn Turner

United Methodist Church

Rev. Kecia Lewis

AME Church - 8th Episc. District

Rev. Kecia Lewis was also one of our three door prize winners.  

Door prizes were scripture labeled food/gift items in gift bags, donated by St. Henry's Catholic Church of Lake Charles.  

Thank you!   Our winners really enjoyed them!


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Assembly - a group picture Pastor Dale Farley, Secretary

Dr. Don Cottrill speaking with Rev. Heather Leyland.  Rev. Paul Pic and Mr. Terry Stahelin background.

44th   Annual Assembly

in Lake Charles --

Thanks to all who attended!

March 31st - April 1st
Historic Downtown
Lake Charles, LA

The working theme was: 

“Revisioning the Church, Mission and Christ’s Call to Unity”


     The Keynote Speaker, was the Rev. Dr. Robert Welsh, President of the Council on Christian Unity of the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ.  

      Dr. Welsh has made significant contributions to national and international ecumenical conversations.

 Please click below for

Presentation One  or   Presentation Two

Dr. Welsh

The public was cordially invited

to all Speaker Sessions and to the Monday Evening Worship Service.


Get involved!

Thanks to our Special Guest Speaker:  

Rev. Susan Lassalle, Assistant Field Director, LA/TX Region of

Church World Service

Please click here for her slide presentation, and a personal intro. message to the Assembly delegates.  We encourage you to support this vital work for those in need of food, water, shelter, and/or refuge - all around the world.   You can Contact Susan directly or visit the CWS website at www.cwsglobal.org/.

             Conference delegates were treated to a first-hand look at the beautiful and historic Downtown area of Lake Charles.  Activities included an evening banquet for delegates at the historic and beautifully refurbished Calcasieu Marine National Bank.   Our thanks to all who provided the in-kind donations that covered the rental & misc. fees associated with the usage of this facility for the evening!

The main vault is a sight to see!  Rev. Larry Miller, LIC Treasurer, pictured.  (How fitting)

The main hall at Calcasieu Marine Nat'l Bank, where we had a meal catered in.   Quite 'well seasoned' - Louisiana style.

Eagles sit atop all sides of every column inside the beautiful bank bldg.

Mrs. Mary Collins, outside the

gold plated inner entrance doors.

Bronze 'lion head' doors close, to guard the inner entrance doors.


      Over 100 worshippers attended the Evening Ecumenical Worship Service at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, on Mill Street in Lake Charles, on Monday, March 31st. 

Worship in the Church sanctuary

Refreshments in Gym afterwards

   The Rt. Rev. Jacob Owensby, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of W. LA, gave the homily, citing that when “Jesus has left the building”, we lack the incentive for young people to stay.   We need Jesus in the Church!

   Reverend Clyde Thomas was the hosting pastor, with Deacon Edward Lavine coordinating details.  The service included the installation of new and re-elected officers and the incoming President, Bishop Shelton Fabre, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.    Our thanks to our hosts and to all participants!

Rev. Sam Tolbert gave the Invocation *

Bp Owensby, with Bp Glen John Provost in background *

Rev. Barbara Jones made it down from Arkansas! *

* Photos with asterisks, courtesy of Mr. Morris LeBleu of the Diocese of Lake Charles

Installation of the Officers during the evening service *


Our special thanks to Deacon Edward Lavine for all of his 'behind-the-scenes' work in preparing for this ecumenical worship service!

As always, we are glad when members of the Order of St. Lazarus can be with us.   Mr. Hugh Straub (LIC Judicatory Leader) and other members are pictured here in their colorful attire.    Some of them joined us for the evening dinner as well, before worshipping with us.


And speaking of 'behind the scenes workers:

Our thanks to all of the Lake Charles Board Members and Delegates who formed a 'planning committee' to really make things happen, and to make all feel welcome in Lake Charles!   Pictured at left is Ann Romero*, but there were many who were part of this group.   Catherine Townsend, Lawrence & Mary Jane Jones, and Msgr. Ronald Groth are a few who were part of this elite group. 

Thank you all - your efforts certainly paid off!

Morning Prayer

All Business and Speaker Sessions were held in the Ave Maria Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.   However, for Morning Prayer on Tuesday, April 1st, the group gathered in the majestic Cathedral for a time of collective prayer and reflection.


 For more information on this Assembly or other events at the LIC, please contact the Rev. C. Dana Krutz, Executive Director of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, 527 North Boulevard, Fourth Floor, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802; phone (225) 344-0134; fax (225) 344-0142; E-mail:  lainterchurch@aol.com.

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