St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

A Jesuit Parish

St. Charles Borromeo Church


We of St. Charles Parish desire:

To be a family in service to God and to each other.

To be one people through worship, reconciliation and renewal who are present to the needs of all God's people.

To be a community that in faith welcomes all to be one with us in the love of God.

To be in union with Jesus, inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the word of God.

To hold sacred the celebration of the sacraments of the church.

To see our parish as the body of Christ carrying forward the work of Christ on earth.

"Good and faithful and generous people of this and the surrounding districts, there is no need to remind you of the blessings which this new church will bring to your doors. You shall find here a harbor of refuge, a home of prayer, and ever-flowing fountain of grace and benediction. When sickness visits your home, come hither and you will find consolation and relief; when Nature pours her store of wealth into your lap, come hither, also, to make thanksgiving; and if poverty crosses your threshold, come to this holy shrine and ask help from Him who is the giver of all good things. There are lessons here for all of us."
From the sermon delivered by Fr. François Abbadie, S.J., on March 19, 1879,
when the cornerstone of St. Charles Church was laid.

Interior of St. Charles Church
Interior of St. Charles Church

The church was built in 1887 by ??

Church from Jesuit Cemetery
The Church seen from Jesuit Cemetery

Front of the Church
Front of St. Charles Church

Church Bell Tower
The Church's Unique Bell Tower

Views of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. This is the third oldest parish in the Lafayette/Opelousas area and contains many interesting and beautiful architectural features and works of art. For more details and photos, please visit the history and art sections of our website.

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