Photo provided by Archdiocese of New Orleans — The Most Rev. Fernand J. Cheri will be ordained bishop March 23.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Pastor John T. White, of Greater King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, will be the speaker when New St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church celebrates its 143rd anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 22. New St. Joseph is at 1100 Branch-Joseph/Odeon Ave., New Orleans. Its pastor is David L. Perry. For information, call Jacqueline B. Perry at (504) 638-6669.

BISHOP ORDINATION: The Episcopal Ordination Mass of the Most Rev. Fernand J. Cheri, O.F.M., will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, March 23, at St. Louis Cathedral. Cheri will be an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. The celebration will be streamed live at

PRAYER BREAKFAST: Astronaut Charles Duke will be the guest speaker during a prayer breakfast sponsored by Christian Business Men’s Connection and Life Resources, Inc., at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. The master of ceremonies will be sportscaster Ken Trahan.

Tickets are $25 per person or $190 for a table of eight and are available by calling (985) 626-9582 or emailing To pay online go to

Duke is a retired Air Force Reserve brigadier general who was selected as an astronaut in 1966. He was on the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10 and was capsule communicator between the crew and mission control for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon. Duke served as lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 and spent more than 20 hours exploring the Moon. As a speaker, he inspires others to reach their goals and beyond. He also will speak at a prayer breakfast in Mandeville at 7 a.m. Friday, April 10.