IN MEMORIAM: Rest in Peace, Mark Blanchard (Director, Office of Stewardship, Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA)

Mark Blanchard was a good friend and a wonderful, supportive colleague.  He will be greatly missed by all those who  worked with him.  Rest in peace, Mark, and may perpetual light shine upon you and bring consolation to your family here on earth. –  Connie Anderson

This post is an excerpt from Stewardship Today, which is published by the Office of Stewardship, Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA.  

“Sixteenth century Carmelite reformer and Doctor of the Church St. Teresa of Avila advocated wise investment in the most fundamental of resources. “Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns,” she cautioned, “so also the mind of man.” Mark Blanchard, for nearly thirty years the Director of Stewardship and Development for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, actively cultivated a substantial and influential commitment within his world, planting well and reaping harvest upon harvest. Mark, our boss and the creative inspiration for this and all other materials and publications developed through the Office of Stewardship, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, June 22, and his funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Saturday, June 30.”

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