Immaculate Heart of Mary
                    Catholic Church
                                        Lafayette, LA

818 12th Street * P.O. Box 2398 * Lafayette, LA 70502 
Phone (337) 235-4618 * Fax (337) 235-4775 
Site last updated 8/13/2018
Links of Interest

Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette The Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette includes all church parishes in Lafayette Civil Parish and upper St. Martin Civil Parish. There are 31 church parishes and 4 mission churches in the Central Region, as well as 14 Catholic schools.  To learn more, please visit their website at

Office of Black Catholics, within the Diocese of Lafayette,  strives to educate and witness to the community by providing opportunities for spiritual, educational, cultural and ministerial growth to the African American community within the Diocese of Lafayette.  To learn more please visit their website at

The Sisters of the Holy Family congregation was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by Henriette Delille, a free woman of color, twenty years before the Civil War of the United States, and before it was legal for such a Congregation to exist.  Co-foundresses of this religious community of African-American women were Juliette Gaudin and Josephine Charles.  To learn more visit their website at

Holy Rosary Institute / Alumni and Friends mission is to maintain an organization which will support the restoration and preservation of Holy Rosary Institute as a Historical Landmark that will continue to serve as a Spiritual, Cultural, Educational, and Social Development Center for the community.  To learn more visit their website at

Xavier University  of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.  Xavier University  houses The Institute for Black Catholic Studies which is important because it is a laboratory for African American Catholic inculturation. Founded in 1980, the Institute prepares lay men and women, vowed religious, priests and deacons for a more meaningful ministry within the Black Community.  To learn more visit their website at

The Society of Divine Word Missionaries, at Arnold Janssen's urging,  began its pioneering ministry among African Americans in the United States in 1905. The first seminary to train African Americans for the Priesthood opened in Greenville, Mississippi in 1920. By 1923 the Society had moved the Seminary to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  To learn more visit their website at

The Diocese of Lafayette was established in Louisiana in 1918 when several civil parishes (counties) of southwest Louisiana, between the Atchafalaya and Sabine Rivers, were carved from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to form a new diocese.  To learn more visit their website at