Warren Louis Boudreaux

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Warren Louis Boudreaux (January 25, 1918 – October 6, 1997) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Beaumont (1971–1977) and Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux (1977–1992).


Warren Boudreaux was born in Berwick, Louisiana, to Alphonse Louis and Loretta Marie (née Senac) Boudreaux.[1] After graduating from Berwick Junior High School, he studied at St. Joseph's Seminary near Covington and at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.[2] He also attended the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France.[2] Returning to Louisiana, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1942.[3] He then served as a curate at St. Michael's Church in Crowley until 1943, when he was sent to study at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., later earning a doctorate in canon law in 1946.[1]

Boudreaux became vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Lafayette and secretary to Bishop Jules Jeanmard in 1946, and was named a Papal Chamberlain in 1950.[1] In addition to these duties, he served as Defender of the Bond (1947–1950) and officialis (1950–1954) on the diocesan court.[1] He served as pastor of St. Peter's Church at New Iberia from 1954 to 1971, and was made vicar general of the diocese in 1956.[1] He was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate in 1958.[1]

On May 19, 1962, Boudreaux was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Lafayette and Titular Bishop of Calynda by Pope John XXIII.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following July 25 from Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, with Archbishop John Cody and Bishop Maurice Schexnayder serving as co-consecrators.[3] Following the transfer of Bishop Vincent Madeley Harris to the Diocese of Austin, Boudreaux was named the second Bishop of Beaumont, Texas, by Pope Paul VI on June 4, 1971.[3] He remained at Beaumont for six years, when he was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in his native Louisiana on March 2, 1977.[3] He was well known for placing a ban on church fairs in 1985, objecting to the presence of alcohol and overall frivolity at such events.[4]

Shortly before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Boudreaux resigned as bishop on December 29, 1992.[3] He later died from heart failure at age 79.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b "First Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux". Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Bishop Warren Louis Boudreaux". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  4. ^ a b "Retired Bishop Warren Boudreaux dies". The Advocate. 1997-10-07. 

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vincent Madeley Harris
Bishop of Beaumont
Succeeded by
Bernard J. Ganter
Preceded by
Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux
Succeeded by
Charles Michael Jarrell