St. Peter's Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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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

Centennial News

Centennial News - Sunday March 18, 2018

First Catholic Hospital - On March 17, 1908, the first Catholic hospital in Southwest Louisiana was dedicated and opened in Lake Charles. Fr. Cramers, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Lake Charles, approached the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word for help to begin a hospital in the area. The sisters had recently established a hospital in Galveston, Texas. In 1908, “St. Patrick Sanitarium” was opened with 50 beds to serve the needs of the region. Later, the name would change to St. Patrick’s Hospital, and is today known as CHRISTUS St. Patrick. 110 years later, the hospital continues to make known the healing work of Christ.

Second Centennial Deanery Mass will be this week at St. Landry Catholic Church, our 2nd oldest canonically established Church in the Diocese, on March 23 at 6:30 pm in Opelousas. All Clergy and Laity throughout the whole Diocese are invited to attend this Mass and reception with our Bishop Deshotel as we continue to honor and celebrate this Centennial Jubilee Year of our Diocese. This is an exciting year and it is good for all of us from all parts of the Diocese of Lafayette to come together for the Centennial Events to reflect upon our past and recommit to the future that God is leading us into. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Jubilee Bible Marathon – In honor of the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette 1918-2018, the Holy Bible will be read from cover to cover in the Square of St. Martinville beginning Wednesday, April 4th at 12:30 pm to Sunday, April 8th at 4:30 pm -100 hours for 100 years!!! All are invited to come and participate in this Proclamation of the Foundation of our Faith. Come and marinate in the word. For more information or to sign up as a Reader, call Fr. Michael Champagne at 337-394-6550. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend as much as possible of this extraordinary event.