Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Historical

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Historical (HM1VDG)

Location: Moreauville, LA 71355 Avoyelles Parish
Country: United States of America

N 31° 2.236', W 91° 58.62'

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Moreauville, Louisiana

The first church for Catholics in the Moreauville area along Bayou des Glaises was built in 1858 and known as St. Hyacinthe's Mission Chapel that was administered by St. Paul's Church, Mansura. Widow Aimee Joffrion Boyer donated the property on April 9, 1858. The first priest of the mission chapel in 1858 was Rev. Thomas Rebours who would become first pastor of the Moreauville Church in 1860.On February 2, 1860 Bishop Auguste Martin of Natchitoches elevated St. Hyacinthe's as an independent parish. After some twenty years the church developed structural problems and was replaced by the second church by 1882 under the direction of Rev. Paul E. Simon. At the time the name of the church was changed to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.The fifteen year old church burned to the ground on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1897 due to unattended burning candles. Rev. Constantine Brahic completed the third church in 1898. All three churches were of wood and similar design. Shortly thereafter, he petitioned the Daughters of the Cross to establish the first parochial school known as St. Francis de Sales that opened in 1899 and existed until 1920.Tragedy struck on Christmas Day 1908 with lightening burning the third church, rectory, school, and convent. A decision was then made to build the fourth church of brick under the guidance
of Rev. Regis Gimbert. The architectural style is Romanesque and the architect was Theodore Brune. The incomplete shell of the church was in use by the end of 1910. It was not until 1934 that the front facade was completed by Rev. Henri Jacquemain who personally crafted the magnificent altars.Msgr. Stanley DeKeuwer redecorated the sanctuary in 1944. He also established Sacred Heart School in 1948 stffed by the Daughters of the Cross. The Order of Our Lady of Sorrows has staffed the school since 1963. In 1960-61 Msgr. John Timmermans undertook a complete renovation of the church and installed the present marble altars. By 2004 the church was in need of renovation which was directed by Rev. George Krosfield.Anniversary celebrations observed to commemorate special occasions remembering Sacred Heart's long history: (1)1960-61, 100th, Msgr. John Timmermans; (2) 1995, 135th, Rev. Joseph Montalbano; and (3) 2010, 150th, Rev. Marc Noel.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 597626 N 3434181
Decimal Degrees31.03726667, -91.97700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 2.236', W 91° 58.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 2' 14.16" N, 91° 58' 37.2" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9986 Bayou Des Glaises St, Moreauville LA 71355, US
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