GRAND COTEAU, La (KLFY) – History is being made at Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau as they anticipate the arrival of a piece of the school’s namesake.
“The relic of the heart of St. John Berchmans is coming here to Louisiana,” said Father Peter Mangum, Rector of St. John Berchmans Cathedral in Shreveport.
Mangum says the relic is being brought to the school on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparition and miracle that took place in the school’s shrine.
“The religious of the sacred heart was very ill and she was dying, and the religious of the sacred heart made a novena to bless John Berchmans for the return of her health and that miracle did occur,” explained Yvonne Sandoz-Adler, Head of Schools of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau.
Sandoz-Adler says it’s not everyday that miracles happen at learning institutions.
“We are the only school in the United States that has a room in which a miracle occurred,” said Sandoz-Adler.
Sandoz-Adler says she was thrilled when she found out the relic of the very saint who performed that miracle would be coming.
“To have the heart of all things, to have the heart coming here, this is a very special opportunity to venerate one of our saints,” said Father Mangum.
Father Mangum is responsible for the delivery of the relic and says he was able to make this all possible after speaking with the Jesuits.
“For the first time in 395 years since the heart has been in Belgium, it will leave Belgium and will come here,” said Father Mangum.
The relic is expected to arrive on December 14.
Following a procession, there will be a school-wide mass that will be streamed live through the Diocese of Lafayette.
The public is invited to view the relic in the school’s shrine from 10-5 p.m. on December 14.