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A Century of Love

Centennial News

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Taking a Pro-Life Stand - The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. In a short span of days, 105 Lafayette Physicians, led by Dr. Zerben Bienvenu and others, wrote and signed a resolution stating their opposition to abortion and their resolve to preserve human life. Their advertisement read in part: “We maintain that life DOES exist before birth. As physicians, we intend to fulfill our commitment to preserve that life.” The Diocese of Lafayette continues to respect, protect, and serve life from conception to natural death.

Centennial Indulgence – an indulgence granted by Pope Francis can be gained throughout this Centennial Year by all who visit the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and pray the Centennial Prayer (with the usual conditions for an indulgence). Please see the Diocesan Webpage for more information. The Centennial Prayer will be in the Cathedral beginning January 11th or you may print it from the webpage (available in various languages on webpage).

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.

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.