St. Landry Catholic Church
Visit the second oldest church parish in the Lafayette Catholic Diocese, St. Landry Catholic Church of Opelousas. The earliest documented ritual performed was a baptism on May 16, 1756. However, the parish church was officially founded in 1770 as The Parish Chuch of the Immaculate Conception of the Post of Opelousas by French Capuchin friars. Since the 1700s more ornate churches have been built, and the current edifice, designed and completed by noted Opelousas architect Tilghman George Chachere, Sr. in 1909, is a Gothic form of structure with Romanesque motifs. Also, view stained-glass windows made in France by German artisans.
Another highlight of the St. Landry Catholic Church is the Father Lafleur Monument located on the grounds. Sculpted by renowned Italian artist, Franco Alessandrini, Lieutenant Father Lafleur’s last heroic crowning moment of life is depicted in white Carrara marble. Beautifully carved is Father Lafleur struggling to push men to possible freedom from the hull of the torpedoed and sinking “hell ship”, the Shinyo Maru while water pours down over them. Of 750 prisoners of war aboard this ship, only 83 survived to tell the tragic story of their plight and how Lieutenant Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, “Padre” to his fellow soldiers, gave his life once more for his men. During the second and third weekends of October, see costumed re-enactors portray historical Opelousas figures in the Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours. This tour welcomes bus groups! Additionally, tours of the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery can be arranged throughout the year by appointment. Tours by appointment only | Contact: James Douget or Father James Brady | Allot 30 minutes-1 hour | Bus parking available TripAdvisor
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