Fr.Karl Daigle, Pastor
In the Book of Isaiah, the prophet heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? The prophet Isaiah responded, “Here I am. Send me.” I am humbled and grateful that God has sent me to St. Jude Church. Be assured that like Isaiah, I come to you with an open and willing heart. In the divine providence of God, I have the opportunity to come back to my home parish. I look forward to rekindling previous relationships and building new ones.
My full name is Fr. Karl Jay Daigle and I was born January 17, 1971, in the New Orleans area. My parents are Mary and Deacon Kelly “Sonny” Daigle. Unfortunately, my father passed away at the age of 66, from colon cancer. He was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Shreveport and briefly served at St. Jude Church. I had an older brother named Kevin. He died at the age of 28, from A.I.D.S., as a result of blood transfusion he received for a congenital birth defect in his stomach. He was married and worked as a Chemical Engineer in Lagrange, Georgia.
My life has prepared me well for the reality of the priesthood. I have moved often throughout my life, and have lived in the city, suburbs, and country. When my family moved to Bossier City, we attended St. Jude’s. I attended Loyola College Prep and graduated in 1989. I was accepted to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. It was during my freshman year that I discovered my call to the priesthood. Looking back with the gift of hindsight, the Lord had been preparing me for the priesthood my whole life. Ever since I was young boy, I had a natural interest in God, faith, and church. I loved to attend Mass, was an Altar Server, and used to play pretend Mass.
In August 1990, I was officially accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Shreveport. I finished my undergraduate work at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I received a Master of Divinity at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. I was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Shreveport on May 31, 1997. My pastoral assignments have been: Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Church in Shreveport; Pastor of a group of churches collectively known as the Communities of the Holy Spirit
(St. Paul in Minden; Sacred Heart in Springhill, Blessed Sacrament in Ringgold, St. Margaret’s in Homer, and David Wade Prison in Haynesville); Pastor of St. Joseph Church and School in Shreveport; & Pastor of Christ the King Church in Bossier City.
On the personal side, I am a diehard football fan, especially of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fightin Irish of Notre Dame, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. Other interests include: lifting weights, collecting & watching movies, rock & roll and country music concerts, reading Catholic spirituality and theology, and spending time with family, friends and parishioners.
I love my vocation to the priesthood, and find that my passion for it continues to grow and deepen with the passage of time. Even though there are many aspects of priesthood that I treasure, the areas of ministry that I find most fulfilling are: counseling, spiritual direction, celebrating the sacraments, visiting the sick, and socializing with families and the community.
I look forward to walking the journey of life and faith with you over the next six years, inspiring and helping each other to live more fully the richness of our Catholic Christian faith.
Rev. Mr. Larry Mills, Deacon
Mills was born in 1951 in Houston, TX and his family moved to Shreveport, LA in 1963. He married Lynn at St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1976 and they have two children. Their son, John, lives in Shreveport and their daughter, Nicole, lives in Dallas.
Deacon Mills attended Louisiana Tech and LSU. In Baton Rouge he worked as a radio broadcaster and helped create the Louisiana State News Radio Network where he worked as Chief Announcer and covered the state capital. In 1982 they moved to College Station, TX where they opened a new business. He served as choir director at St. Anthony Parish as well as numerous other ministries, including lector, cantor, EMHC, retreat committee, liturgy committee, prison ministry and other outreach programs. Lynn served as president of the Ladies Altar Society.
In 2002, Deacon Mills entered diaconal formation in the Austin Diocese in conjunction with St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. His profession brought him back to Shreveport in 2005 where he was ordained for the Diocese of Shreveport in November 2006 and is currently assigned to St. Jude Parish. He assists in liturgy, pre-cana, retreat programs, adult education, liturgical minister training, and currently coordinates parish life ministries focusing on married couples enrichment.
Rev. Mr. Burt Ainsworth, Deacon
Deacon Burton Ainsworth was ordained in the Diocese of Shreveport in May 2005 and is assigned to the Holy Family Community at Barksdale Air Force Base. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus (Monsignor Chenevert Assembly 4th Degree). He also is involved in serving the homebound. Burton is retired from the United States Air Force. He also is retired from Willis-Knighton Health System and CBB Water System. He is a licensed nursing home administrator. He and his wife, Marjorie, have three daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Rev. Mr. Steve Lehr, Deacon
Deacon Steve Lehr is a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Bossier City. He began his deacon formation in the fall of 2010 and is now in his final year of study and preparation before ordination. Steve is a Pre-Cana marriage mentor, a member of the RCIA team, serves as a cantor and lector, and is involved with ACTS. He is involved with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. For more than 25 years, Steve has been with Willis-Knighton Health System as a Radiological Cardiovascular Technologist and Heart Institute WK-Bossier coordinator. He is a graduate of Northeast University, LSU Health Shreveport Radiology, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Angela, have eight children.
Dia Finn, Parish Administrator
I am originally from Hornbeck, LA where I attended K thru 12 at Hornbeck High School. I received a full scholarship to Northwestern State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management with a Minor in Business. I married my high school sweetheart, Chad, shortly after graduation and we moved to Bossier Parish in 1999. We both began our careers and have spent 22 years working in our respective fields, myself in corporate Accounting and Administration.
In 2004 I began the RCIA process at St. John Berchman’s and was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil, 2005. I served as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and Chad joined the Knights of Columbus there. We moved a little further north in Bossier City in 2017 which is when we moved our membership to St. Jude.
I am an avid reader and enjoy group workout classes. We love to travel, especially to southwest Colorado, aiming for 2 trips a year—one for skiing and one for hiking and trail riding—both for spa and relaxation time. We have a cat we recently adopted named “Milli” and she enjoys keeping us on our toes.
I am excited to begin this new journey. I feel called to this position as an opportunity use my accounting, business management and organizational skills to serve the church community and help St. Jude continue to grow and prosper.
Mrs. Peggy Moran, Pastoral Associate
Peggy Moran serves as the Pastoral Associate. Peggy comes to St. Jude from the former Parish of Holy Rosary where she held the positions of Director of Religious Education (DRE) and Youth Minister until its closure in 2004. Originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, she is married to Chris and they have two beautiful children, a daughter Mallory and son Brad.
Mr. Tim Glennon, IT Manager / Newsletter Editor
Tim is responsible for the Building and Maintenance of St. Jude Catholic Church. He is married to Margie and they have four children, Tim II, Kathleen, Sean and Shannon.
Tim spent 17 years in New York City as Northeast Regional Technical Service/Information Technology Manager for Ticketmaster Corp. He moved to Shreveport in 1999 and worked at the Ticketmaster Call Center until it closed in 2000. He then was co-owner of Advanced Concrete Designs LLC in Shreveport until its closure in 2006.
Tim has a passion for both music and golf. So when he’s not Cantoring a mass or singing at some local (and not so local) establishment he can be found tearing up the fairways at Querbes Park Golf Course and The Club at Huntington.
Mrs. Rebecca Jamroz, Accounting
Rebecca Jamroz, known as Becky to family and friends, was born in Japan in 1957 while her father was serving in the U.S. Army. She grew up in west Shreveport, graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy and attended Northeast Louisiana University and LSU-S. In 1982, she married her high school sweetheart, Mark and together they have two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Amanda. Becky and her family have lived all over the South from Baton Rouge to south Florida, then to Atlanta and Houston before returning to the area and settling on Cypress Lake.
Becky serves in many ministries at St. Jude. She was the facilitator for the Adult bible studies, the originator of the adult retreats, served as Vice President of the Ladies Guild and as Secretary of the Pastoral Planning Council. She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a past receiptant of the Diocesan Medal of Honor.
Becky’s interests are reading, hosting parties, working a variety of puzzles (her email address is “puzzlequeen”), motorcycling and traveling to locales around the world with her husband.
Mrs. Brenda Lites, Youth and Family Life Coordinator
The office of Faith Formation and Evangelization here at St. Jude was established to provide support, direction, and opportunities for every person to encounter Jesus Christ in their lives and to sustain and deepen that encounter through ongoing formation.
Brenda was born in Biloxi, MS and moved to Bossier City with her family upon her Father’s retirement from the Air Force. She married Daniel Lites, a native of Shreveport, after college and they have 3 wonderful children. Their son Wesley and his wife Kim and their daughter Cassi live here in Bossier City, and their daughter Danielle, her husband Jacob and son Theodore live in Maryland. Brenda has been a member of our parish since 1990 and has been involved in many of our ministries. She has been on the Youth Ministry Core Team, Director of the Women’s ACTS retreat, Eucharistic Minister, served on the Core Team for Marcie’s Feast Basket and Angel Tree Ministries, and initiated (with her husband, Danny) the Ignatian Prayer Series “Lord Teach Me To Pray”. Brenda is a Spiritual Director trained in Ignatian Spirituality. She completed her studies with the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center of New Orleans in 2017.
Gwen Stuart, Director of Music and Liturgy
Gwen worked for 8 years at St. Joseph School in Shreveport, teaching music for the school and serving as organist for the parish prior to coming to St. Jude in July, 2013. As part of her duties, she prepared the school liturgies and a variety of school programs and pageants.
Gwen lived in Bowling Green, Ohio before moving to Shreveport in 2004. She completed her Masters in Music at Bowling Green State University in 2002. Her major concentration was organ performance, and her program included writing a thesis on Changes to Liturgical Music in the Toledo Diocese after Vatican II. She also served as Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Aloysius Church in Bowling Green from 2000-2004.
Gwen has lived in cities around the country and in Germany. At each place she found opportunities to teach private piano students, become involved in community musical events, and serve as regular and substitute organist for churches of all denominations. She has assisted several churches and organizations in directing community fundraiser concerts, in particular St. James Episcopal Church in Shreveport, the Cabaret Dinner Theater in Shreveport, and the military community of Stuttgart, Germany.
Gwen’s proudest achievement has been raising her two children: Christian and Sara, now grown. Christian serves in the U.S. Army as a Military Police, and Sara live in Dallas where she is pursuing a career in cosmetology.