St. John's Cathedral (Lafayette, Louisiana)

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St. John's Cathedral
Lafayette Louisiana Stjohnchurch.jpg
Front façade
Location 914 St. John Street
Lafayette, Louisiana
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Dedicated June 27, 1916[1]
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Style Romanesque Revival
Number of towers 1
Diocese Lafayette (Louisiana)
Province New Orleans
Bishop(s) J. Douglas Deshotel
Rector Rev. Chester Arceneaux[2]
Vicar(s) Fr. Patrick Broussrd
Rev. Cyprian Eze
Organist/Director of music Mr. Thomas Niel
St. John's Cathedral & La Cathédrale St-Jean
St. John's Cathedral (Lafayette, Louisiana) is located in Louisiana
St. John's Cathedral (Lafayette, Louisiana)
St. John's Cathedral (Lafayette, Louisiana) is located in the US
St. John's Cathedral (Lafayette, Louisiana)
Location St. John St., Lafayette, Louisiana
Coordinates 30°13′21″N 92°1′26″W / 30.22250°N 92.02389°W / 30.22250; -92.02389Coordinates: 30°13′21″N 92°1′26″W / 30.22250°N 92.02389°W / 30.22250; -92.02389
Area less than one acre
Built 1916
Architect Cousin
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP reference # 79001067[3]
Added to NRHP July 27, 1979

The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist or La Cathédrale St-Jean, originally called l'Église St-Jean du Vermilion, is the cathedral and mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. It was the first parish in Lafayette Parish, founded in 1821, and was made cathedral upon the erection of the diocese in 1918.

The historic church, located at 515 Cathedral Street in downtown Lafayette, is the third structure built on the site. The land was donated in 1821 by Jean Mouton, a wealthy planter who had founded the town as Vermilionville.[4] It was completed in 1916 in the Dutch Romanesque Revival style, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[3] A large red and white brick structure, its notable features include stained glass produced in Munich depicting the life of the patron, oil paintings of Christ and the Apostles, and a Casavant Frères organ.

St. John's Cemetery is the oldest in the city of Lafayette.[5] Notable burials include Jean Mouton, who donated the property for the church; his son Alexandre Mouton, a U.S. senator and governor of Louisiana; his grandson Alfred Mouton, a Confederate general in the American Civil War; and Jefferson Caffery, a distinguished U.S. diplomat who was a Lafayette native.

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  1. ^ "Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist celebrates 100 year dedication". KLFY-TV. June 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Parish Staff". 
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Cathedral of Saint John". 
  5. ^ "Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 

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