Celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in this special Centennial 100th Year Anniversary of the Diocese of Lafayette, The Community of Jesus Crucified organized the Fete Dieu du Vermilion in which many of the DOL seminarians enthusiastically and devoutly participated, despite very hot weather.
According to the event’s flyer, Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for all those who participated in one of the events of Fête-Dieu du Vermilion on August 15. The day began at 8 am with a French Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville by Bishop Glen Provost. At 10:00 am a boat procession with the Blessed Sacrament embarked and made its way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette. The boat procession first stopped in Milton at Wawee’s Landing for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, then stopped at Ruffino’s in River Ranch before making its way to Beaver Park where a foot procession began up University Avenue in Lafayette, walking two miles to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Solemn Vespers were prayed at 5:00 pm and Holy Mass followed at 5:30 pm with Bishop Douglas Deshotel. After Mass the Cajun youth band, Adeline et ses Amis du Teche, performed outside the Cathedral to conclude the historic day.