Catholic Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarship applications for the Brunini Memorial Scholarship and the Stella Schmidt Memorial Scholarship are open.

The Brunini Scholarship is for any undergraduate at a Catholic college or university. Area of study is not restricted. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.

The Stella Schmidt Scholarship was established to be used specifically for tuition assistance for advanced studies in theology or religious education at Spring Hill College. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.

Visit St. Mary Basilica on MPB Mississippi Roads on 9/24/20

St. Mary Basilica is one of several Mississippi historic churches featured in the upcoming Mississippi Roads show airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television on September 24, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Watch the episode again on September 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
In Natchez/Adams County, you can watch MPB Television by tuning in to WMAU TV channel 17 or on DIRECTV or DISH channel 29.
After the episode airs, it will be available on the MPB website at video.mpbonline.org/show/mississippiroads.

Mississippi Roads is a local public television program presented by MPB. It showcases Mississippi’ s unique landmarks, attractions, art, history, culture, and of course, people. Mississippi Roads provides viewers an insider’s guide to the towns, events, attractions, history, art, music, food, natural beauty and intriguing individuals that make Mississippi so unique.

Catholic Charities – Creating Hope 2020 Campaign

Catholic Charities needs your support to continue providing help and creating hope! Through their 22 programs they assist Mississippians in need with adoption, therapeutic foster care, drug and alcohol counseling, rape crisis intervention, domestic violence shelters and mental health counseling.

Donate to Creating Hope 2020 here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/catholiccharitiesjacksoncreatinghope2020?fbclid=IwAR32kCINUSdfbPGUafvpyz7QAh0u-rB9KbVYmNPyJKdB2QUwhtPXaQk6_q0

Hurricane Special Collection – Sept. 26 & 27

Special Collection Notice: The USCCB recently announced this special collection for September 26 & 27. Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Laura and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. Funds collected will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, according to Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will also be allotted some of the collections’ proceeds for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the church.

Back to School FAQ

As our country and our diocese continue to navigate this unique situation, our Office of Education is continually working to provide the most up-to-date resources for our administrators, teachers, students, and parents.

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Back to School Information

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Guidance for Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Schools

On Tuesday, August 4th, Dr. Carlos Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP, and Mrs. Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, hosted a webinar to review the back-to-school guidelines for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. Click the link below to view a recording on the webinar:
Webinar with Dr. Carlos A. Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP

You can also view shorter informational videos below, to hear answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our plans for returning to school.

Back to School Frequently Asked Questions

As we prepare to open our schools in just a few weeks, we wanted to provide you with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding our plans to return to campus.

How were these guidelines created?

Our guidelines were created by a Diocesan Task Force comprised of principals, teachers, parents, and healthcare professionals. Click here to for a message from Karla Luke, Associate Superintendent, for more information.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There are several steps all individuals can take to help stop the spread. Click here for a message from Michelle Glorioso, NP, parent, and member of our task force.

What are our schools doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

When you return to school in August, you will notice several new procedures in place. Click here for a message from Bridget Martin, principal at Sacred Heart School in Southaven.

Will schools still offer extracurricular activities?

As Catholic schools, we recognize the importance of enrichment activities in fulfilling our mission to educate the whole child, and we are working to balance this commitment with current limitations on activities that ensure the health and safety of all community members. Click here for a message from Craig Mandolini, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, discussing plans for extracurricular activities.

Learn more about the seven characteristics Mr. Mandolini refers to in this Decision Matrix Guide.

What if I have additional questions?

We want to ensure that all of our community members are confident in the educational experience we will provide this year. Click here for a message from Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, and chair of the Diocesan Taskforce.

Catholic Diocese of Jackson Agrees to Resolve Investigation

For Immediate Release

JACKSON, Miss. – The Catholic Diocese of Jackson has entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors to tighten financial controls and bring to a conclusion an investigation stemming from the actions of one of its former pastors.

Over the last year and a half, federal authorities have conducted an investigation into events at the parish in Starkville and its mission in Macon that involved then Father Lenin Vargas. That investigation included federal authorities executing search warrants at those sites and at the offices of the Diocese in Jackson.

“During the course of the investigation, the Diocese has worked to bring forth the truth that would lead to a just resolution and reconciliation throughout our Catholic community,” said Bishop Joseph Kopacz.

The Deferred Prosecution Agreement spells out a number of specific changes the Diocese is to undertake and maintain including:

  • Return of donations related to alleged fraudulent activities against parishioners
  • Undertake staff changes in the Accounting and Chancery Offices
  • Improvements in accounting for donations and priest spending
  • Formation of a new review board focusing on ethical conduct
  • Establish a fraud prevention hotline
  • Revise collection policies
  • Initiate formal penal process for Vargas

The Diocese had proactively undertaken all of these measures during the course of the investigation, with the exception of initiation of a formal penal process for Vargas, which will begin now.

“There are still steps to be taken and certainly more changes ahead,” added Bishop Kopacz. “As part of an agreed upon resolution of the federal investigation, the Diocese will welcome periodic review and oversight of its financial and management practices and protocols. As a result of the many steps we have already taken to tighten our internal controls, we are very comfortable with this resolution.”

Bishop Kopacz expressed, “deep regret for all who have been hurt by Lenin Vargas’s actions. We still invite anyone to come forward with claims, and we will work to seek a just resolution with them. We hope in Christ for new life and peace.”

The Agreement is to be in effect for twelve months.

Click here for pdf copy of this release.