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Centennial News

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Cardinal Visits Lafayette - As part of the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Diocese of Lafayette, Bishop Edward O’Donnell invited Cardinal Pio Laghi to visit the Diocese of Lafayette. Cardinal Laghi was serving in the Vatican as the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education. In his six-day tour of the Diocese in November of 1998, Cardinal Laghi visited many schools and was greeted by thousands. In St. Martinville, he blessed the Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial, noting the “perseverance of these men and women that have brought us this far by faith.”

Centennial Mass–All are invited–the closing Mass for the Centennial Year of our Diocese will be December 12th at the Cajundome Convention Center at 6 pm. Our Diocese and the wonderful people of our diocese and how God has poured forth His Love and guidance upon us in these last 100 Years will be the focus – A Century of Love. Along with the Mass, there will be a Historical Display before and after the Mass as well as a presentation of the many people and cultures of our Diocese. The doors will open at 4:30 pm because there will be much to be a part of and see. All Catholics throughout our whole Diocese are invited and encouraged to attend. Please mark your calendars.

Tolton – From Slave to Priest – performed live by Jim Coleman, December 6th at 7 pm and December 7th at 7 pm at St. Pius X Elementary School Auditorium in Lafayette (205 E. Bayou Pkwy). Admission is $25 (ages 10 & up). For ticket information contact Stephanie Bernard – 337-261-5694 or visit: https://diolaf.org/.

Centennial Items for Sale - a limited number of items were created for this Centennial Year and are true collectors’ items which will only be available during the remainder of this year – Centennial History of the Diocese of Lafayette (book), Centennial Paperweight (color design), Centennial Christmas Ornament and the new Silver Commemorative Coin and designer box. If you would like to have a Centennial remembrance, you can purchase them at Acadian Religious, Crossroads Bookstore, Cathedral Gift Shop and the Diocese Chancery Office (1408 Carmel Dr). These items can also be viewed on the Diocesan Centennial Webpage.

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.

Education

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