Friday, May 13, 2016

Episcopal Community Services Offered by the Diocese of Louisiana

The owner of Bogalusa, Louisiana’s Arata Law Offices, William “Bill” Arata has lived in Bogalusa for more than 50 years. An active resident of his hometown, Bill Arata is a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

St. Matthew’s Church was founded in 1907, only one year after the founding of Bogalusa itself. It is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the only Episcopal church in Washington Parish.

St. Matthew’s has access to Episcopal Community Services from the Diocese of Louisiana (ECSLA). This program was developed by the diocese to provide church leadership with skills and support that increase the impact of the church’s ministry. Programming through ECSLA includes professional development trainings, planning assistance, program assessments, and clergy coaching. The program works to assist laity with the knowledge and skills they need to better serve their church community and communities beyond the church. More information is available at

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