St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

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Opelousas

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337-942-2732
747 N. Union St.
Opelousas, LA 70570

Holy Ghost Catholic Church

The Holy Ghost Parish was founded in 1920 in Opelousas, Louisiana at the request of a group of parishioners of the St. Landry Catholic Church and the efforts of Rt. Rev. Canon A. B. Colliard. Prior to desegregation, St. Landry Church's black parishioners were sectioned off from the rest of the congregation. With the assistance of the Holy Ghost Fathers and a desire to have a place worship where the African American community felt they could belong, the new Parish was created. Initially, Masses were held at the Holy Ghost School, but soon thereafter a church was built.

Today, the church boasts the largest Catholic congregation of African Americans in the US. Visitors are often struck with admiration at the sight the church's collection of religious art depicting African Americans. The artist responsible for these powerful images is a local master painter, Donald Lee "Aldox" Alexander. Alexander has done outstanding work for the African American community both in his home state and outside of Louisiana.

Another special treat is the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Gospel Choir. The gospel choirs singing on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month during the 11am Mass, while the youth choir performs on the second and fourth Sundays. For group tours, please make an appointment with Deacon Richard. 

During the first weekend of November, the church celebrates their Creole heritage with a three-day event, The Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar. The festival features a special gospel concert Friday night, live music and dancing Saturday and Sunday, and Creole dishes all weekend long! 

Group tours by appointment only | Contact: Deacon Charles Richard | Free admission | Bus parking available

337-942-2732
747 N. Union St.
Opelousas, LA 70570