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Interfaith Service (2019)

A Celebration of Life: Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco



Genre: Event

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-08-22

Duration: 01:32:22

Subjects: REED, KIM HUNTER | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942-2019 | Funeral rites and ceremonies | St. Joseph Cathedral (Baton Rouge, La.) | Edwards, John Bel


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Barnes, Stephen Guest
  • Brazile, Donna Narrator
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
  • Aymond, Gregory Speaker
  • Duca, Michael Speaker
  • Weinstein, Barry Speaker
  • Jones, Jennifer Speaker
  • Reed, Kim Hunter Speaker
  • Southern University Gospel Choir Performer
  • Aslam, Jane Speaker
  • Kelly, Herman Speaker
  • Jetson, Raymond Speaker
  • Alexander, Sharon Speaker
  • Bourque, Darrell Speaker
  • St. Aloysius School Performance Choir Performer
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Cyrus, Leo Speaker
  • Stinson, Van Speaker
  • Benson, Gayle Speaker
  • Breaux, John Speaker
  • Leger, Walter Speaker
  • Bade, Robin McCullough Speaker


Andre Moreau and Beth Courtney host live coverage of the Interfaith Service at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge on August 22, 2019, celebrating the life of Governor Kathleen Blanco. Prior to the service, Moreau, Courtney and Dr. Stephen Barnes, the new director of the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, discuss Governor Blanco’s life and legacy. Moreau also presents a biography of Governor Blanco narrated by Donna Brazile. The Interfaith Service includes: an introduction by Archbishop Gregory Aymond; Governor John Bel Edwards and a Louisiana State Trooper draping the Louisiana state flag on Governor Blanco’s casket; a prayer by Bishop Michael Duca; a reading by Rabbi Barry Weinstein and Reverend Jennifer Jones in Hebrew and English; a eulogy by Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed; the Southern University Gospel Choir performing “I Shall Wear a Crown”; readings by Jane Aslam, Reverend Herman Kelly, Reverend Raymond Jetson, and Reverend Sharon Alexander; former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque reciting “The Governance of Power”; the St. Aloysius School Performance Choir performing “This Little Light of Mine”; a eulogy by Governor John Bel Edwards; prayers by Reverend Leo Cyrus and Reverend Van Stinson; the prayers of the faithful; a prayer by Reverend Robin McCullough Bade; the Louisiana State Troopers removing the flag from Governor Blanco’s casket; Governor Edwards presenting the flag to Raymond “Coach” Blanco; and the Southern University Gospel Choir performing “Amazing Grace.” Back in the studio, Moreau, Courtney, and Dr. Barnes share their reflections on the Interfaith Service.