Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis set today in Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, will be the celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving for the election of Pope Francis at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles.

Pope Francis will be installed as the 266th Pope on Tuesday.

"It was with great joy that the world received the news on Wednesday, March 13. Habemus Papem!" Bishop Provost said in a press release. "As Pope Francis begins his ministry as the Bishop of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff on Tuesday, March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph; the world will be in prayer for him that God may sustain him, enlighten him, and protect in body and spirit throughout his time as the Servant of the servants of Christ. 

"I invite the faithful of the Diocese of Lake Charles to join me in prayer for Pope Francis on Monday, March 18, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church on the eve of his Installation Mass as the Bishop of Rome," Bishop Provost continued. "May our Lady the Star of the New Evangelization guide our Holy Father in his ministry as we entrust ourselves to her maternal care."

In addition, Provost said Ruben Villarreal, a seminarian from the Diocese of Lake Charles now studying in Rome, is sending regular reports on the events he is witnessing in Rome.

"His view of this momentous occasion in our Church's history gives us at home a personal look at what is happening," Provost said.

These reports are updated regularly and appear on the diocesan website at

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