Dc. John Whitehead

Dc. John Whitehead was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Alexandria in 2011. The Minor Basilica is his first assignment in that capacity. In addition to his duties at the Sacred Altar, Dc. Whitehead assists with the instruction of converts, spiritual counseling and with parish operations. His wife Tara teaches High School Religion at St. Mary's School where two of his daughters, Sarah Kay and Elizabeth, presently study and his third daughter, Taylor, is an alumna. 

Susan Chesal
Office Manager

Susan Chesal is a wife and mother. She has served the Lord in many capacities in many Catholic Churches. She has been at the Minor Basilica for the past four years.



Dennis Thompson
Director of Campus

Dennis Thompson is a Natchitoches native and jack of all trades. He is active in our local Knights of Columbus council and cares for all aspects of the Minor Basilica's grounds and campus.