Collected History

Over the last year as part of our Centennial celebration, we have been offering monthly bulletin inserts exploring the rich history of our Diocese, founded in 1918.  Offered here is a collection of those inserts, gathered into one file, for anyone interested in this excellent snapshot of our Diocese’s history.  Download the file here.

Fȇte-Dieu du Vermilion

Exciting News!  Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for all those who participate in one of the events of Fête-Dieu du Vermilion on August 15.  Come out and celebrate the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette and gain the special plenary indulgence!  The unique Eucharistic Boat Procession will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15.  The day begins at 8 am with a French Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville by Bishop Glen Provost.  At 10:00 am a boat procession with the Blessed Sacrament will embark and make its way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette.  The boat procession will stop in Milton at Wawee’s Landing at 11:35 am for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, at Ruffino’s in River Ranch at 1:40 pm, and at Beaver Park at about 3:20 pm.  Persons interested in making the “100-Year Walk” to the Cathedral can gather at Vermilionville at 3PM and use the bike path under the Thruway to muster at the boat landing.  At 3:45 pm a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will leave the landing and process up University Avenue in Lafayette to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  Solemn Vespers will be prayed at 5:00 pm and Holy Mass will follow at 5:30 pm with Bishop Douglas Deshotel. After Mass the Cajun youth band, Adeline et ses Amis du Teche, will perform outside the Cathedral to conclude the historic day.  Buses will be available to shuttle walkers back to Vermilionville as needed.  Boats are still needed and registration forms are available at For more information email at or call (337) 394-6550.

Jubilee of the Word Marathon

In honor of the centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette, the Holy Bible will be read cover to cover publicly in the Square of St. Martinville, beginning Wednesday, April 4th at 12:30 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 8th at 4:30 p.m. A 100-Hour Marathon with over 300 assigned readers! Come Marinate in the Word!  Download the flyer.

St. Patrick Breakfast

Once more, as in years past, St. Patrick hosted a breakfast on March 17, 2018, in celebration of the feast of our patron saint.  Parishioners gathered for fellowship, for the exchange of gifts, and for recognition of one parishioner’s service with the Shamrock Award.  That honor this year went to Mr. George Guidry. Another part of the celebration is a talk shared by the pastor on some topic of interest.  A recording of that talk can be found on the Pastor’s website.


Centennial Pilgrimage to Canada

SAVE THE DATE! Please join us Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church to find out how you can be part of the Diocese of Lafayette Centennial Pilgrimage to Canada. Bishop Deshotel will lead the Centennial Pilgrimage, which is scheduled for August 27-September 5, 2018, and which will include stops in Montreal, Quebec City, and Nova Scotia, including a visit to Grand Pre, the site of the famous Acadian Settlement.  Our informational meeting is being held a year in advance to allow prospective pilgrims a chance to participate in an extended payment plan to help make the journey more affordable, and special discounts will be available to those who sign up early.  The meeting will take place in Knight Hall Auditorium behind our Lady of Fatima Church, 2319 Johnston Street in Lafayette.  Co-leaders of the Centennial Pilgrimage, Father Cedric Sonnier and Father Paul Broussard, will be on hand to answer questions, along with tour leaders from Magnificat Travel, our experienced guides for this historic journey.  For more information, call 337-292-1933, send an email to, or log on to

Download a flyer here.