Lafayette cathedral celebrates 100 year cornerstone - KLFY News 10

Lafayette cathedral celebrates 100 year cornerstone

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It's one of the beautiful attractions of Downtown Lafayette. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is celebrating an important 100-year marker. In 1913, the cornerstone was laid and now rests near the cathedral's altar.

St. John's museum curator, Jan McNeil says the stone bears great significance.

"The cornerstone establishes that this is going to be a great temple and as it states on there, it will be a temple and a cornerstone was laid by Archbishop Blenk from New Orleans," said McNeil.

Inscribed in Latin, it reads, "The sacred, auspicious stone of the temple in honor of St. John the Evangelist laid by Archbishop James H. Blenk, D.D., Archbishop of New Orleans on the last day of November 1913. "

But what stands today is the third construction of the church.

"The first little church was built of wood and, of course, was destroyed during the time of the Civil War," said McNeil. "Then a second church was built between 1864 and 1870."

But a hurricane destroyed the second construction, making way for the magnificent cathedral that stands today. And the cornerstone only solidified its importance in the community.

"It tells you that you're going to have a very important temple there and this is sort of hallowed ground," said McNeil.

The cathedral's official centennial anniversary will be in 2016.

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