Course Description

This course is designed for those who are interested in the beliefs of people who may be different and/or visiting historic churches in Baton Rouge. We will carpool to the various worship centers to learn about the religious beliefs and tour the worship center. One of our locations will be the Cathedral in the Dioceses of Baton Rouge, St Joseph’s. It was established as a cathedral in 1961 by Pope John XXIII, when the Baton Rouge population became large enough to create a diocese separate from New Orleans. The Gothic church was renovated in the 1960’s to conform to the new church guidelines of Vatican II. St. James Episcopal Church is the only church still located on 4th Street, which was formally known as Church Street as it was the home for four of Baton Rouge’s main churches. Two others have since moved to new locations. St. James was established by a group of ladies including the wife of the 12th president, Zachary Taylor. We will visit the Buddhist Meditation Center which holds meditation services on Friday nights in English. Another house of worship will be one of Baton Rouge’s synagogues. We will tour Sacred Heart and learn about the beautiful, however, highly controversial frescoes by Mary Eggart who authored the book on the frescoes. Another enlightening visit will be the largest mosque in Baton Rouge, who always welcomes our visit. It should be an interesting journey into the different beliefs and buildings of our neighbors in Baton Rouge. 

For more information about this course, contact: OLLI at LSU at 225-578-2500

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Who Knew Part II? A Tour of Worship Centers in Baton Rouge
10:30AM to 12:00PM
Sep 26, 2023 to Oct 31, 2023
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