Preparing for Holy Week: Praying with Jesus Through the Agony in the Garden

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Welcome to Holy Week! This week, Fr. Mark Toups explains what the word “holy” really means, and how this can affect our understanding of Holy Week. This is not like any other week of the year: it’s set apart, different, and should be treated as such. How can we approach Holy Week in a way that will prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ on Easter? Fr. Toups shares some insight with us today.

Meet Fr. Mark Toups

Ordained in 2001, Fr. Mark Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he serves the Diocese as Director of Seminarians. In addition, Fr. Toups works with the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction.

Fr. Toups has also served as pastor of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Houma, LA and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Thibodaux, LA. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A college graduate of Nicholls State University, he is a native of Houma, LA.