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Centennial News

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pope Chooses Lafayette’s First Bishop - On July 18, 1918 the Archdiocese of New Orleans received an important letter from Pope Benedict XV. The Holy Father signed the order appointing Jules B. Jeanmard as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette on July 4, 1918. The Pope had created the Diocese almost 6 months earlier on January 11th, but no Bishop had been named. Many suspected that Fr. Teurlings may have been named bishop, but the 38 year old native of Breaux Bridge was chosen. Jeanmard was shocked to receive the news, and wrote to a friend proclaiming: “I am still hoping against hope that it may not be true… Poor Lafayette is getting a sorry specimen for its first shepherd.”

National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministries – in this Centennial Year, the Diocese of Lafayette is happy to host a national Marriage and Family Conference – July 15-17 at the Cajundome Convention Center. Please pray for the holiness of marriage and family and the success of this conference happening this week.

August 15 – Get your boat and join the procession - Fete Dieu de Vermilion – our Eucharistic Adoration will be on the Vermilion River this year beginning in Abbeville at St. Mary Magdalen with a Mass in French at 8:00 am. The river procession will begin after with a Rosary and Benediction in Milton @11:35 am @Wawees, then a Rosary and Benediction at River Ranch @1:40 pm @Rufinno’s, then a foot procession @ 3:45 pm from Beaver Park to Cathedral up University St. to the Cathedral – Vespers at 5:00 pm and Mass at 5:30 pm with Bishop Deshotel. Having 121 Church Parishes in our Diocese we would like to have at least 1 boat from each parish. To register, please visit or call 337-394-6550. This is an extraordinary event and we ask that you please consider being a part of the 121 boats.

Centennial Prayer for the Diocese of Lafayette

O Lord God Almighty, by sending Your only-begotten Son to establish the One True Church through the power of the Most Holy Spirit, You gave mankind a haven from the world.  We humbly implore Your blessing upon the Church of the Diocese of Lafayette as we observe this Century of Love. Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Saint John Vianney, our patrons, bestow perpetual growth to Your Family of Faith as we take refuge in Your Infinite Grace.  We humbly beseech You to enlighten us to learn from our past and to look to the future so that we may persist in the work of spreading the true faith.  Fill us with gratitude in this Year of Jubilee as we live secure in the certain hope that You will be with us forever. We ask this through Christ the Lord.  Amen.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.


The Diocese of Lafayette

The Diocese of Lafayette was established in Louisiana in 1918 when several civil parishes of southwest Louisiana, were carved from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to form a new diocese.

In 2018, the Diocese of Lafayette marks a major milestone in its history.  It was 100 years ago that Catholics in South Louisiana, formerly part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, received a Papal Bull declaring the creation of the Diocese of Lafayette, and that same year we welcomed our first shepherd, Bishop Jules Jeanmard.

Pope Francis grants a Plenary Indulgence throughout the Centennial Year of 2018 to all Catholics of the Diocese of Lafayette. 

This indulgence may be gained by visiting the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and praying the Centennial Prayer while inside.  This is a great opportunity of grace that Pope Francis is offering to us which signifies that this 100th Anniversary is a milestone of God’s Grace that we must honor with our own faith.
The usual conditions for an indulgence must also be fulfilled.
The Centennial Prayer can be found either on this webpage or on holy cards found in the Cathedral.

  • The indulgence will be granted to those who visit the Cathedral at any time throughout the 2018 calendar year, and pray the Centennial Prayer while there.
  • Individuals must be baptized and in a state of grace.
  • Individuals must have the general intention of gaining the indulgence.
  • Individuals must receive Holy Communion, preferably on the same day if possible.
  • Individuals must worthily celebrate the Sacrament of Confession within 20 days (before or after) of performing the indulgenced act, although preferably immediately before or after.
  • Individuals must manifest his/her communion with the Church by praying for the intentions of the Pope—one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” suffices for this, or other suitable prayers for the Pope’s intentions may be substituted.

A Century of Love