• CATHOLIC CHARITIES DRIVE: The Archdiocese of New Orleans has announced that the 2015 Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal has surpassed its $1.7 million goal, raising a record $2,002,406. The announcement was made recently by Sr. Marjorie Hebert, CEO of Catholic Charities, at the St. Mary of the Angels Head Start Center. This year, its 50th, the campaign honored the late Archbishop Philip Hannan. It raises funds that support Catholic Charities’ network of more than 30 ministries, programs and community partnerships that serve the homeless, hungry, elderly, at-risk youth, pregnant women, individuals with developmental delays and many others. Of every dollar contributed, 94 cents is spent on program services, care and goods. To learn more about the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal, visit www.ccano.org or call (504) 592-5688.
  • ‘JOY OF THE GOSPEL’: The Rev. Fred Kammer, director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, will present a lecture, “Joy of the Gospel,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten Series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
  • ‘THE PATH OF POPE FRANCIS’: Father Jeremy Zipple, executive editor of America Films, will present a lecture, “Living Mercy: The Path of Pope Francis,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten Series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
  • LENTEN STUDIES: Two studies are beginning at St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan:
  • A SIX-WEEK DVD SERIES “JOHN, THE GOSPEL OF LIGHT AND LIFE,” BY ADAM HAMILTON, IS OFFERED AT 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays and at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays.
  • “GIVE UP SOMETHING BAD FOR LENT,” A BOOK BY JAMES MOORE, IS BASIS OF A CLASS OFFERED AT 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays or Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18. Moore suggests giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment or negative thinking. Call (985) 764-8292 for more information.
  • ‘SPIRITUALITY OF ENCOUNTER’: Thomas Ryan, professor and director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry, will present a lecture, “Pope Francis’s Spirituality of Encounter,” at 7 p.m. March 2 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten Series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
  • ‘THE FRANCIS EFFECT’: A film dealing with changes in the Catholic Church under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis will be presented at 7 p.m. March 9 at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The screening is part of a Lenten Series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
  • ‘POPE FRANCIS AND IGNATIUS’: Father Ted Dziak, university chaplain, will present a lecture, “Pope Francis and Ignatius,” at 7 p.m. March 16 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten Series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.