I feel like every time you step into a cathedral there is something that always seems to take your breath away. The awe-inspiring statues, the holy vibes, the architectural details, all the way to the stain glass windows. It’s one of Catholicism’s greatest wonders.
You’ll find this beautiful cathedral downtown Lafayette, La. It’s called The Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist. I encourage you to take your time exploring the old graveyard and even try to attend Mass at the cathedral. Make sure you take the walk all the way around the cathedral.
My mom and I didn’t make it to Mass but we explored all around. She is so quick to spot every detail that I was quick to overlook. Sounds creepy but I enjoy touring historical gravesites. From there we made our way inside the cathedral. I was so taken back by the holy atmosphere that I didn’t realize my mom was lighting candles by your Blessed Virgin Mary statue. Once I approached her she said, “I lit a candle for you, me, dad, and Cameron. The thing is, she didn’t realize you have to donate a few bucks to light a prayer candle. Thankfully, I had the extra cash handy in my pocket, (I call it my Pam Hennigan savings account) because you never know what she will get us into on our adventures. Her intentions are ALWAYS for the better, but most of the times they turn out to be an epic fail. J
After it cost us to tour the cathedral, we stumbled upon this OLD oak tree with a fence around it. I don’t really know the history of this oak tree but I’m sure it was hundreds of years old. This oak tree was the biggest tree I’ve ever seen in my life! You can see it in the pictures below.
I’m leaving you with my top favorite cathedrals in Louisiana to tour if you ever get a chance. There are so many more churches that I didn’t add to the list that I would love to show you – maybe next time!
1. St. John The Evangelist Cathedral,
2. Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Natchitoches, La
3. St. Mary Assumption Church, New Orleans, La
4. St Martinville Evangeline Memorial and Evangeline Oak
5. Our Lady of the Oaks Grand, Coteau, La
6. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gretna, La