Fr. Pike Thomas, Pastor
Fr. LaVerne ‘Pike’ Thomas, first-born of four siblings, saw the world first at Colorado Springs, Colorado (hence his nickname Pike) in “the summer of ’42,” at the beginning of WWII. He grew up all over Louisiana, and spent precious years in Northwest Louisiana 1950-53, which he loved then and still does. Educated mostly in Catholic schools, he graduated from Tulane University in 1964 with honors in history, was in the Navy in Japan as engineering officer, and then spent three years in New York and Chicago in sales. He returned South to New Orleans and became assistant director and director of Tulane Alumni Giving, then to Southern California as VP for Development for Chapman College. His last position before going to Seminary in 1982 was as VP of the national capital fund-raising firm of Brakeley, John Price Jones, where he was responsible for over $40 million in philanthropy.
Fr. Pike entered seminary in 1982 at St. Mary in Baltimore, the “mother-seminary” of the US, and after graduating in 1986 with a Masters in Sacred Theology, was the last priest ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport in 1986, asking to remain in Shreveport when the diocese split one month later. From 1986-93, he was assistant and then pastor of a five-church cluster east of Shreveport, the Communities of the Holy Spirit, headquartered in Minden. He then received a sabbatical to pursue doctoral studies in Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). He is presently working (slowly) on his dissertation. He returned to Shreveport in 1995 and became the third pastor of the newest parish in the Diocese, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, where he remained for ten years, overseeing a period of growth and building in that church. In summer of 2005, he was assigned to St. Jude. Fr. Pike has filled many positions in the Shreveport Diocese, including President of the Presbyteral Council, Vicar for Clergy, Vicar for Evangelization, member of Diocesan Liturgical Commission, professor in the Greco Institute, and Master of Ceremonies for the diocese. He is also active in several local organizations as board member or officer, including Rotary Club of Shreveport, Volunteers of America, Shreveport Symphony, Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Louisiana Free Pharmacy, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Holy Angels Residential Facility. His interests are travel, genealogy, history, classical music, skiing and tennis.
Rev. Mr. Larry Mills, Deacon
Deacon Larry Mills was born in 1951 in Houston, TX and his family moved to Shreveport, LA in 1963. He married Lynn at St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1976 and they have two children. Their son, John, lives in Shreveport and their daughter, Nicole, lives in Dallas.
Deacon Mills attended Louisiana Tech and LSU. In Baton Rouge he worked as a radio broadcaster and helped create the Louisiana State News Radio Network where he worked as Chief Announcer and covered the state capital. In 1982 they moved to College Station, TX where they opened a new business. He served as choir director at St. Anthony Parish as well as numerous other ministries, including lector, cantor, EMHC, retreat committee, liturgy committee, prison ministry and other outreach programs. Lynn served as president of the Ladies Altar Society.
In 2002, Deacon Mills entered diaconal formation in the Austin Diocese in conjunction with St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. His profession brought him back to Shreveport in 2005 where he was ordained for the Diocese of Shreveport in November 2006 and is currently assigned to St. Jude Parish. He assists in liturgy, pre-cana, retreat programs, adult education, liturgical minister training, and currently coordinates parish life ministries focusing on married couples enrichment.
Rev. Mr. Freeman Ligon, Deacon
Deacon Freeman Ligon was born in February, 1959 in Shreveport, LA. Deacon Ligon is deaf, having partial hearing in his right ear only, a condition resulting from his mother contracting German measles during her pregnancy. He and his wife Debora were married in May, 1986 at St. Mary of the Pines. Debora is a special education teacher at Broadmoor Middle Lab School, who loves working with young teens, teaching them the life skills they need. They have two children, sons Andrew and Joseph. Andrew is a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and recently began attending college at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX. He is majoring in History and minoring in Military Science, and is the recipient of the ROTC scholarship. Joseph is in the seventh grade at St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport. He is a member of the Science Olympiad team, which last year won the state championship.
Freeman attended Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf, in Washington, D.C. During his time there, he learned American Sign Language (ASL) and acquired an in-depth understanding of Deaf Culture. He received his B.A. in Government in 1982, and is currently attending both Bossier Parish Community College and St. Thomas University. He expects to graduate from BPCC in December, 2009, earning an Associate degree in General Studies with a concentration in AutoCAD (Computer-Aided Drafting), and St. Thomas University in May, 2010, earning a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries with a concentration on Deaf Ministry.
When not in school, Deacon Ligon is employed as a mechanical drafter for ACT Industrial Process Service. In 2001, he entered the diaconal formation in the Diocese of Shreveport and was ordained as a deacon for the Dioces of Shreveport on May 7, 2005, along with 17 other men. In addition to being assigned to St. Jude Parish, he is the coordinator for Diocese of Shreveport Deaf Ministry. He assists in liturgy, hospital ministry, prayer service for the Waterford Senior Living Center in Shreveport and is a sacristan.
Deacon Mike Wise, Executive Assistant
Mike was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 27, 1954. He spent his first 10 years as a farm boy in southern Indiana. In 1964, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is where he calls home. Elementary school was in Catholic schools where Mike was an Altar Server, sang in the children’s choir and was in the Legion of Mary. Mike graduated in 1972 from Manzano High School and then joined the Air Force. Mike attended Louisiana Tech University from 1979 till 1986, majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering with minors in Chemical and Electrical Engineering. Mike married his lovely wife Anne in September, 1986. In 1987, he was employed by GPC, a Fortune 500 company, where he worked his way up to the upper management level. Mike moved his wife and three children, Stephanie, Robert, and Elisabeth to Anne’s hometown of Shreveport in 2001, where he entered the propane business. After an interesting time as partner in a small business, Mike took the position here at St. Jude.
Mike was a member of the Pastoral Planning Council and is a member of the Basket Ministry, Empowerment Ministry, a LEM, and sings in the adult choir.
Mrs. Peggy Moran, Pastoral Associate
Peggy Moran serves as the Pastoral Associate. Peggy comes to St. Jude from the former Parish of Holy Rosary where she held the positions of Director of Religious Education (DRE) and Youth Minister until its closure in 2004. Originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, she is married to Chris and they have two beautiful children, a daughter Mallory and son Brad.
Mrs. Christine Sloan, Director of Religious Education
Chris was born in September of 1969, and raised in Silicon Valley, California. She met her husband to be Tim in March of 1990, was engaged in September, and they moved and then married in November of 1990 in Tacoma, Washington. They have three children: Victoria, Diane and Al, and one grandson, Ethan. Tim was in the Air Force, and went on many “business trips,” and so the family moved quite a bit. The Air Force moved them to Fort Lewis, Washington State, then to Keesler AFB, Mississippi, then to Ft. Campbell, KY, and then to Panzer Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, and back to Barksdale AFB where Tim retired. During her time as a military wife, Chris received a double B.A (Spanish and Psychology) in 1997 from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. She received her M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, College Park (European division).
From a very young age, Chris felt the love that Christ gives to all His children. She went to many Protestant churches with her father and brother through her formative years. Her husband and his family were Catholic, but didn’t push her to become Catholic. She didn’t need a push; she felt called by God. She went through RCIA in 1996 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville, TN. She was nicknamed the “why” girl, because at first she would bring her yellow legal notepad filled with questions. The RCIA volunteers were so patient! She received the Sacraments of Initiation while 9 months pregnant with her daughter, Diane. And yes, she looked like Friar Tuck with her brown robe and rope belt below her belly!
She has been a catechist for PreK, 1, 3, 5, and 6th grade. She served as Vice-President of the Military Council of Catholic Women. When the family moved to Louisiana, Chris was asked to be a catechist for the 7th grade here at St. Jude. She also was working full time with families and children with special needs as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest Louisiana. God had other plans for her after a life changing car accident. She became the DRE for children after the death of our previous DRE Marcie Rankins, and has been on fire with the love of Christ ever since! She loves working with our St. Jude families and catechists as we all work toward enriching our children’s faith formation as they enter into the Catholic Church.
Mr. Tim Glennon, Building/Maintenance Manager / IT Manager
Tim is responsible for the Building and Maintenance of St. Jude Catholic Church. He is married to Margie and they have four children, Tim II, Kathleen, Sean and Shannon.
Tim spent 17 years in New York City as Northeast Regional Technical Service/Information Technology Manager for Ticketmaster Corp. He moved to Shreveport in 1999 and worked at the Ticketmaster Call Center until it closed in 2000. He then was co-owner of Advanced Concrete Designs LLC in Shreveport until its closure in 2006.
Tim has a passion for both music and golf. So when he’s not cantoring a mass or singing at some local (and not so local) establishment he can be found tearing up the fairways at Querbes Park Golf Course.
Mrs. Rebecca Jamroz, Accounting
Rebecca Jamroz, known as Becky to family and friends, was born in Japan in 1957 while her father was serving in the U.S. Army. She grew up in west Shreveport, graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy and attended Northeast Louisiana University and LSU-S. In 1982, she married her high school sweetheart, Mark and together they have two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Amanda. Becky and her family have lived all over the South from Baton Rouge to south Florida, then to Atlanta and Houston before returning to the area and settling on Cypress Lake.
Becky serves in many ministries at St. Jude. She was the facilitator for the Adult bible studies, the originator of the adult retreats, served as Vice President of the Ladies Guild and as Secretary of the Pastoral Planning Council. She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a past receiptant of the Diocesan Medal of Honor.
Becky’s interests are reading, hosting parties, working a variety of puzzles (her email address is “puzzlequeen”), motorcycling and traveling to locales around the world with her husband.
Mrs. Brenda Lites, Youth and Family Life Coordinator
Brenda is the Coordinator of Ministry to Youth and Family Life. Her main goal is to develop the Youth in every way possible: spiritually, educationally, emotionally, and physically within a framework of Family Life.
Brenda was born in Biloxi, MS and moved to Bossier City with her family upon her Father’s retirement from the Air Force. She married Daniel Lites, a native of Shreveport, after college and they have 3 wonderful children. Their son Wesley lives here in Bossier City, and daughters Danielle and Cassi both live in Lafayette, LA. Brenda has been a member of our parish since 1990 and has been involved in many of our ministries. She has been on the Youth Ministry Core Team, Director of the Women’s ACTS retreat, Eucharistic Minister, served on the Core Team for Marcie’s Feast Basket and Angel Tree Ministries, and initiated (with her husband, Danny) the Ignatian Prayer Series “Lord Teach Me To Pray”.
Gwen Stuart, Director of Music and Liturgy
Gwen worked for 8 years at St. Joseph School in Shreveport, teaching music for the school and serving as organist for the parish prior to coming to St. Jude in July, 2013. As part of her duties, she prepared the school liturgies and a variety of school programs and pageants.
Gwen lived in Bowling Green, Ohio before moving to Shreveport in 2004. She completed her Masters in Music at Bowling Green State University in 2002. Her major concentration was organ performance, and her program included writing a thesis on Changes to Liturgical Music in the Toledo Diocese after Vatican II. She also served as Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Aloysius Church in Bowling Green from 2000-2004.
Gwen has lived in cities around the country and in Germany. At each place she found opportunities to teach private piano students, become involved in community musical events, and serve as regular and substitute organist for churches of all denominations. She has assisted several churches and organizations in directing community fundraiser concerts, in particular St. James Episcopal Church in Shreveport, the Cabaret Dinner Theater in Shreveport, and the military community of Stuttgart, Germany.
Gwen’s proudest achievement has been raising her two children: Christian and Sara, now grown. Christian serves in the U.S. Army as a Military Police, and Sara live in Dallas where she is pursuing a career in cosmetology.