The Diocese of Baton Rouge along with all of the dioceses of the nation celebrated Catholic Schools Week from January 29 to February 4. The annual celebration shines a spotlight on the tradition of Catholic education through the lens of its theme: “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
Each day of this celebratory week is divided into individual themes. On Sunday, January 29th, we celebrated our parish. Our Lady of Mercy is a family of faith united in prayer, love and Catholic Tradition. Throughout the school week, students showed appreciation to their parents, for their school, to their fellow students, to faculty and staff, and to our clergy. Activities included writing thank you notes and cards to parents, teachers, and clergy; and a service project sponsored by Mary’s Club members. School families were encouraged to donate new items such as kitchen supplies, cookware, utensils and storage containers for our Catholic Schools Week partner, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge.
During Catholic Schools week, we highlighted the growth and development of our students and school. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School has seen an increase of enrollment by 20% over the past 4 years and interest in our school is steadily climbing. We’ve launched a capital campaign, Traditions for Tomorrow, with plans to build a new gym and Early Childhood Center which will accommodate our expanding needs now and into the future. OLOM School is also a new home for our Exceptional Student friends, a program launched by the Catholic Schools Office to meet the needs of students with intellectual disabilities, offering these students a curriculum better suited to meet their individual needs.
Catholic Schools Week also offered us the appropriate time and pleasure to formally announce
Mr. Chris Porche as Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School. Mr. Porche previously served as Vice-Principal for Student Life, overseeing all student discipline and formation; athletic; campus ministry; clubs and activities. Chris is a native of Baton Rouge and the product of Catholic School education, attending St. Pius X Elementary School and Redemptorist High School. He holds a B.S. in Management and Administration from LSU, Advanced Catechist Certification from St. Joseph Seminary College, and an M. Ed in Administration and Supervision. He and his wife Belinda have been married over 33 years, have two children, and 4 grandchildren.