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For The Diocese of same name in Indiana, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.

Diocese of Lafayette
Dioecesis Lafayettensis
Location
Country United States
TerritoryThe Civil Parishes of St. Landry, Evangeline, Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia, St. Mary, Acadia and Vermilion
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of New Orleans
Statistics
Area5,779 sq mi (14,970 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
629,000
330,000 (52.5%)
Parishes121
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 11, 1918
CathedralCathedral of Saint John the Evangelist
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
Secular priests190
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopJ. Douglas Deshotel
Metropolitan ArchbishopGregory Michael Aymond
Emeritus BishopsCharles Michael Jarrell
Map
Website
www.diolaf.org

The Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana is an ecclesiastical division of the Catholic Church in the United States. The oldest church in the diocese is the parish church of St. Martinville, dating back to 1765. The diocese was created on January 11, 1918 from the western part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The size of the diocese was nearly halved by the creation of the Diocese of Lake Charles on January 29, 1980.[1] The diocese includes the heart of Cajun Louisiana.

Geographic Summary[edit]

The diocese consists of four deaneries[2] containing eight civil parishes:

Bishops[edit]

The list of bishops of the diocese and their years of service:

  1. Jules Benjamin Jeanmard † (1918–1956) Retired
  2. Maurice Schexnayder † (1956–1972) Retired
  3. Gerard Louis Frey † (1972–1989) Retired
  4. Harry Joseph Flynn (1989–1994) Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
  5. Edward Joseph O'Donnell † (1994–2002) Resigned due to ill health
  6. Charles Michael Jarrell (2002–2016) Resignation accepted by Pope Francis on Wednesday, February 17, 2016[3][4]
  7. J. Douglas Deshotel (2016 – present)[5]

† = deceased

Bishops who once were priests of the Diocese of Lafayette

The following served as priests in Lafayette before being appointed bishops elsewhere:

High schools[edit]

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau
  • Catholic High School, New Iberia
  • Hanson Memorial High School, Franklin
  • Notre Dame High School, Crowley
  • Opelousas Catholic School, Opelousas
  • Sacred Heart High School, Ville Platte
  • St. Edmund High School, Eunice
  • St. Thomas More School, Lafayette
  • Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette
  • Vermilion Catholic High School, Abbeville

Ecclesiastical province of New Orleans[edit]

See: List of the Catholic bishops of the United States#Province of New Orleans

Gilbert Gauthe case[edit]

In 1974, Bishop Gerard Frey assigned Rev. Gilbert Gauthe as a Boy Scout chaplain despite the fact that Gauthe had previously come to Frey's attention for having molested altar boys.[6] Gauthe was stripped of his priestly duties after more allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in 1983.[7] Bishop Frey was criticized for his handling of Gauthe's case, and in 1985 expressed his regret, saying, "I ask for the prayers and understanding of all our people and of all people of good will of every faith and belief. I deeply regret and am distressed by the suffering that has taken place because of the tragic events in the diocese over the past several years."[1][dead link]

In total, the diocese settled for more than $20 million in lawsuits involving Gauthe. Gauthe was later jailed for violating the Texas sex offender registration law and released in April 2010.[8]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana

Ordinaries
Churches
Education
Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau
Catholic High School, New Iberia
Hanson Memorial High School, Franklin
Notre Dame High School, Crowley
Opelousas Catholic School, Opelousas
Sacred Heart High School, Ville Platte
St. Edmund High School, Eunice
St. Thomas More School, Lafayette
Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette
Vermilion Catholic High School, Abbeville

Coordinates: 30°12′50″N92°01′46″W / 30.21389°N 92.02944°W / 30.21389; -92.02944

Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Lafayette