|Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana|
|Ordination||April 12, 1925|
|Consecration||February 22, 1951|
by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
|Born||August 13, 1895|
St. John the Baptist Parish
|Died||January 23, 1981(aged 85)|
|Buried||Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Parents||Adam and Jeanne Marie (née Dupleix) Schexnayder|
|Education||St. Joseph College Seminary|
|Alma mater||St. Mary Seminary|
Maurice Schexnayder was born in Wallace, Louisiana, to Adam and Jeanne Marie (née Dupleix) Schexnayder. After attending schools in Wallace and New Orleans, he entered St. Joseph College Seminary near Covington in 1916. He then attended St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, before furthering his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on April 12, 1925. Following his return to Louisiana, he served as a curate at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemines until 1929, when he became chaplain of the Newman Club at Louisiana State University. He also served as state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus (1932–1944) and pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Houma (1946–1950). He was named a Domestic Prelate in 1947.
On December 11, 1950, Schexnayder was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Lafayette and Titular Bishop of Tuscamia by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on February 22, 1951 from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, with Bishops Jules Jeanmard and Louis Caillouet serving as co-consecrators. In addition to his episcopal duties, he served as pastor of St. Michael Church in Crowley. Upon the resignation of Bishop Jeanmard, Schexnayder was named the second Bishop of Lafayette on March 13, 1956. During his tenure, he built a new chancery building, expanded Immaculata Minor Seminary, established thirty-one parishes, and ordained eighty-one priests. In 1961, he established St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier in Cameron Parish. One of the newer church parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles, St. Eugene is one of the most isolated of the thirty-six church parishes in the diocese. Schexnayder attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana
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