Never before in the history of the Church has the role of laity been so dramatically emphasized and needed as it is today.
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has called for renewal in the life and role of the laity. St. Margaret and her Pastor takes this call seriously. Our lay staff are not mere helpers to the clergy. Rather, they play an integral part in the Church’s mission, spreading the Gospel in a distinct way with creativity, authority, and the power given them in their Baptism. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our dynamic staff!
Father Jamin Scott David, JCL
A native of Morganza, Fr. Jamin attended Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads and while there discerned his call to priesthood. After graduation, he attended St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Philosophy. Soon afterward, he attended Notre Dame Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans where he earned his Master of Divinity. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Robert Muench for the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 2008. After serving briefly as Parochial Vicar at St. Anne in Napoleonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Plattenville, and St. Philomena in Labadieville, he moved to Washington, DC to earn his licentiate in canon law at the Catholic University of America; while living in the city, he lived and ministered at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish on Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon his return, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Aloysius in Baton Rouge. In 2012, Fr. Jamin became the pastor of our parish. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities here, he wears many hats in the Diocese. He is a judge in the Diocesan Tribunal, Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate, a member of the Diocesan School Board, and past Chair of the Presbyteral Council to name a few. He also serves in several regional and national capacities as Chair of the New Orleans Provincial Council, Secretary-Treasurer of the Conference of Chancery and Tribunal Officials for the Provinces of New Orleans and Mobile, and in numerous capacities for the Canon Law Society of America.[email protected]
Fr. Brad Doyle
Father Brad Doyle is a Diocesan priest of Baton Rouge. He began his discernment as a teenager after a life-changing experience with Jesus in the Eucharist. He went on to study as a seminarian at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. In addition to his responsibilities at St. Margaret, Fr. Brad is the chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. His passion for authentic witness and evangelization has led to numerous media projects including Coffee Talk with Fr. Brad and his faith-based trivia podcast The Quizzical Papist. He often describes himself as “an evangelist for Jesus, His Church, and Louisiana culture.” Fr. Brad is especially appreciative of the involvement of St. Margaret’s parishioners in her ministries.
Deacon William "Byrd" Corbett
A native of Ponchatoula and a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School and Ponchatoula High School, “Byrd” is one of two Permanent Deacons assigned to St. Margaret. He was ordained to the diaconate 10 June 2017; St. Margaret is his first parish assignment. He is married to his best friend Debbie S. Corbett; he is a proud father of two and a grandfather of one. Byrd noticed that after his assignment to St. Margaret “how welcoming and how giving are the people of St. Margaret! Whether it is a disaster in the community, a needy parishioner, or a newly ordained deacon, St. Margaret is a parish that opens its arms and welcomes all into the body of Christ, truly becoming Christ’s hands and his feet.”
Deacon Tim Messenger
Deacon Tim and his wife Gloria came to St. Margaret after Tim’s diaconate ordination in June 2017. Residents of Hammond since returning to Louisiana in 2007, Tim has native roots. He is a proud father of four children and ten grandchildren. Gloria and Tim are both involved in many ministries of our warm and welcoming community. He is most impressed by St. Margaret’s “genuine and accommodating spirit,” and he notes that he appreciates that “Our parishioners work hard, have a great faith and prayer life, and without a doubt know how to have fun.” Even one of Tim’s sons commented about our Parish that “we really have it going here at St. Margaret!”
Mary E. Herbert
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
Mary is a New Orleans native and lived there most of her life where she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School from kindergarten through 8th grade and then St. Mary’s Dominican High School thereafter. She continued her education at Southeastern Louisiana University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She later became a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. She retired in 2007 from the Orleans Levee District as the Chief Financial Officer and moved to Hammond in October of that same year. Mary says her involvement here at St. Margaret has been such a rewarding experience because the parish community is so welcoming, generous and caring.
A wife and mother of a beautiful girl Emery, a handsome newborn Hudson (and also three Australian Shepherds and two cats), Lanie has been employed by St. Margaret since February 2015. Lanie is responsible for welcoming all visitors to the St. Margaret campus both by phone and in person; she also produces our weekly Parish Bulletin called The Pew Buddy. A native of Maurepas, Lanie commented “St. Margaret will always be my Church parish!” She has been a parishioner since she was in the fourth grade. Lanie specifically enjoys St. Margaret’s “welcoming community of peace, love and unity in times of hardship.”
Coordinator of Adult Formation
The wife of a retired Navy veteran, a mother of three married children and a grandmother to four, Lucie has been on our staff since March 2015. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she and Joe spent twenty-four years with the Navy, living all throughout the country. They relocated to our area in 1997 and immediately found a church family in St. Margaret. Lucie is especially fond of “the generosity and friendliness of the people of our community, one that is vibrant and that continues to grow in faith and friendship through the involvement of parishioners in our many ministries.”
Shirley’s time at St. Margaret began with an urgent request from the pastor at that time – Msgr. Leo Guillot. In 2005, in a pinch to find a bookkeeper, he reached out to her for help knowing that Shirley long kept the books at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. Currently, Shirley serves as contributions manager, maintaining Parish Records including the parishioner census and records of all contributions to the parish. Shirley mentioned that her favorite thing about St. Margaret is “the support and feeling that we are all family, the Body of Christ.” Shirley is a proud military mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, sewing, baking, cooking and reading.
Gill and his wife Darlene moved to the area in October 1990. At first, Gill began helping the pastors of St. Margaret with “small jobs” around the Church. Today, this has evolved into large jobs and full-scale renovations of parochial buildings in addition to his responsibilities as Maintenance Supervisor. Gill is particularly proud to tell people about the friendliness of the people of St. Margaret and St. Thomas; he especially enjoys our community’s family atmosphere. He takes a personal interest in the many events around the parish, and he feels especially good when people compliments his handiwork!
Coordinator of Youth Formation
Ansleigh has been a parishioner of St. Margaret since moving to Livingston Parish in 2010. She is a 2017 graduate of Albany High School. Currently, she is attending Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge and is working on a degree in Theology. As our Youth minister, Ansleigh enjoys “the challenge of making our faith come alive in fun and creative ways.” She says of St. Margaret “We have an amazing and generous parish that is extremely supportive of our youth! Come and join us anytime!”
Sacramental Coordinator & Housekeeper
Not only does Carol have three lovely daughters but she is also a proud grandmother of three! A native of California, Carol moved to Louisiana in 1995 because she is a sucker for yummy food, good music and yes – even the South Louisiana heat! She has been employed by St. Margaret for five years and has been a proud parishioner for three. She is especially appreciative that “everyone is eager to acknowledge a stranger” in our community to make them feel welcome. She also enjoys the clergy’s homilies that are often “funny, loving, and devoted to faith.” In her free time, Carol enjoys reading, working out, spending time with family and friends, and being a beach bum!
Jason, a resident of Baton Rouge, is forty-four years young. A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, he met Fr. Jamin as he began to discern priesthood. He has been employed at St. Margaret since September 2017 and he is responsible for maintaining the twenty-five plus acres of the beautiful St. Margaret campus. Jason noted that his favorite thing about St. Margaret aside from the community is “working with Fr. Jamin and our other team members while maintaining God’s gift of beauty – a passion of mine.” He invites any parishioners to visit him and his supervisor Chev – his Labrador Retriever – as he manicures our grounds!
Cheryl Anthon Brothers
Music Ministry Coordinator
Cheryl has been an organist at St. Margaret since 1990; today she also coordinates all music ministry at our liturgies in addition to serving as organist at the 5:30PM Mass. She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in piano performance from Southeastern Louisiana University. In her “spare time,” she is president of the Tangi Food Pantry. Cheryl has always been impressed with the degree of activity of St. Margaret’s members and “how they rally to help each other.”
Accompanist (4:00 & 6:00PM)
Natalia is in her last year of studies at Southeastern Louisiana University for her major in Piano and Voice and also as a Piano Accompanist at the New Orleans School for Creative Arts. She has been playing piano for the 4:00PM Saturday Vigil Mass since 2015 when she was a sophomore in college. Originally from Republic of Moldova, Natalia is happy to find a new home here in Hammond! She loves to share her testimony of how God takes care of us and provides all our needs while revealing to us his perfect plan for our lives (even if sometimes it involves moving 6,000 miles away from your family!) Natalia’s favorite thing about St. Margaret is that it is a welcoming community and a warm environment that is created by truly caring people. She says here, “Nobody feels like just a visitor!”
Sandy Blanchard Doescher
Accompanist (8:00 & 10:00AM)
Sandy received her undergraduate degree in piano and violin performance from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. She has been playing piano and violin at our 8:00AM Mass at St. Thomas Chapel for the past nine years. In addition, she has served as an accompanist at other area Churches for 24 years. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, being outdoors, and traveling.
Cantor (4:00 & 6:00PM & 8:00AM)
Laura is one of our original cantors at St. Margaret, having served our community at various liturgies for over five years. Currently, she is an Elementary Education (grades 1-5) major at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. In her free time, she also teaches piano and voice lessons. When asked about her favorite aspect of working at St. Margaret, she responded by commenting “how kind and close the parishioners are within the church” adding “It has been a privilege to sing for such a great community of faith!”
Cantor (4:00 & 6:00PM & 8:00AM)
The second member of the “dynamic duo,” Adam has served as a cantor at St. Margaret Church and St. Thomas Chapel for one year. He is an English Education student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Adam especially is grateful for our community’s “warm, welcoming pastor and congregation.
Jane has been a cantor at St. Margaret since 2017 at the 5:30PM Mass, and she is available for funerals a weddings. A native of Hammond, she holds degrees in Music from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and from Indiana University. She notes of St. Margaret that she is continually impressed by the sense of “home and community shown by the members of the Church.” She lives with her husband in Hammond where she currently teaches lessons in piano and voice.
Cantor (10:00 AM)
Cynthia Davidson developed a love for music at an early age. She started singing with her grade school choir at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic School in New Orleans in the 1980s. During her college years at the University of New Orleans and Loyola, she began to cantor at St James Major in Gentilly. She sang there for over 10 years. She lives in Ponchatoula with her husband Richard and her two sons Preston and Colby. Cynthia currently holds a full time position with Dignity Memorial as Pre-Planning Advisor, assisting families to pre-arrange for funeral services and cemetery property needs. It is an honor for her to serve families with grace and compassion. When asked what she likes best about St. Margaret, she says “the genuine kindness of the parishioners; they have been very welcoming to me and my family.”
Other Musicians Not Pictured
Jacob Anthon (Cantor ~ 5:30PM)