About the Church

Our Mission

We gather in praise and worship of the Father,

        called by our baptism in Christ and living in His Spirit. 

We become the Body of Christ,

        sent forth to embody the universal mission of the Catholic

        Church. 

Our Christian life calls us to challenge and support persons in

        their efforts to love and serve the Lord through abiding

        love of one another, to share joyfully His Word and

        Sacrament, and to heal and witness the love and peace of

        His kingdom through generous outreach and selfless

        service to all, especially the least among us.

 

Parish History

Pastors:

Rev. Calvin “Butch” Burleigh              1984-1990

Rev. David Richter                                1990-1995

Rev. LaVerne “Pike” Thomas             1995-2005

Rev. Philip F. Michiels                        2005- 2017

Rev. Timothy C. Hurd                         2017-2019

Rev. Mark Watson                               2019-

 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church was formed in August 1984. The parish is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native born American Saint, who founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. A convert to Catholicism, she opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage while raising her five children.

Our first pastor was Rev. Calvin “Butch” Burleigh.  100 families gathered for our first Mass, which was celebrated in October, 1984 in the auditorium of LSU-Shreveport. Our parish traditions of hospitality and friendliness originated during the days at LSUS. Coffee and cookies after the Masses and parish covered dish meals helped encourage fellowship and a strong sense of community.  The time that we spent without a permanent building helped build a realization within our community that the church is built not of brick and mortar but of living stones. However, as our parish family grew, we needed a permanent location for our parish home. In March, 1986 we bought 10 acres in Southeast Shreveport, including our beautiful pecan orchard.

The “Family Life Center” was built in 1987 to house the sanctuary, religious education classrooms, and parish administration. The high altar is from the former St. Vincent Academy chapel. The stained glass windows behind the high altar, also from St. Vincent’s, were restored by parishioners. The buildings were dedicated October, 1987. In 1997, we dedicated a new Activities building next to the church, which was named the “Burleigh Center,” in loving memory of Fr. Butch, who passed away in May, 1990.  The sanctuary was remodeled shortly afterwards, in order to accommodate our growing parish.

Rev. David Richter served as our second Pastor from 1990 to 1995. Father David's gentle and good-hearted nature served St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and other parishes in our diocese before his untimely passing in 2015.

In fall 1995, Rev. LaVerne “Pike” Thomas was named pastor, serving us for 10 years. During Fr. Pike’s tenure, the parish experienced tremendous growth, which resulted in the opening of the Burleigh Center, the addition of religious education classrooms, and the Library building, which houses our library and rooms dedicated to Christian initiation and scouting.  

Rev. Philip “Phil” Michiels, came to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in July 2005. Under his leadership, ministry to the children and adults of our parish grew, and our liturgies served as source and summit of our faith which send us forth to love and serve the Lord by serving one another.    

Rev. Tim Hurd  came to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in September 2017 and pastored our parish until June 2019. 

In July 2019 Rev. Mark Watson came to serve St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as its sixth pastor. Father Mark is presently talking with parishioners to hear their hopes and dreams for the future of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church so that he and the councils can develop a strategic plan for our parish.