Ascension of Our Lord is a Catholic Church, in full union with the Church in Rome. We are dedicated to, and are under the "Authority of our Holy Father, and therefore, accept and embrace all of the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church". We invite all to worship with us in the confidence of knowing that our Church and doctrines were established by God through Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and safeguarded by His Church, which is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
(Established July 1979)
Rev. Walter Austin was born in New Orleans on January 17, 1950 and raised in Harahan. He is the oldest of three children, having both a younger brother and sister. His father and mother are deceased.
Father Walter's education includes St. Rita Elementary School, St. John Prep High School Seminary, St. Joseph Seminary College (where he received a BA in History), and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans (where he received a Masters in Divinity).
Professionally, he has served at St. Francis deSales New Orleans as a Deacon, St. Joan of Arc in LaPlace and St. Clement of Rome in Metairie as Parochial Vicar, and Pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul in New Orleans, Prince of Peace in Chalmette, and Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville. He retired as the State Chaplain for the LA National Guard in 2010.
His part-time ministries have included Chaplain at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace , Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans and Cabrini High School in New Orleans.
Father Walter's military career began in 1989. He has served this country both in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom receiving numerous awards and commendations which include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service ribbon, LA War Cross, Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon and the Order of St. Barbara.