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This photo of my childhood church, St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, brings to mind the verse from the Psalms that we often sing at Mass, “I rejoiced when I heard them say, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” This church was built in 1879 under the direction of Brother Cornelius Otten, S.J. (Society of Jesus) at the cost of about $15,000. The cypress lumber of which it is constructed was harvested nearby. It can house approximately 700 people. One of the unique features of this little country church is the double bell towers. About six years after the church’s construction, a generous lady by the name of Eleanor Millard donated a 2000 pound bell to the church. It was so massive the small belfry at the front of the church could not support it, so a second tower, the structure at the back of the church, had to be built to house it! Fittingly, the bell bears the name Eleanora in honor of Mrs. Millard.


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  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylalmost 6 years ago

    hehehe lovely to read about the history of this little jewel! Love the colours the setting sun creates. Definitely a favourite!

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolalmost 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful church and the light and clouds make the shot perfect! Great history!

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 6 years ago

    Nicely done.Its hard to beat history and beauty. Tom

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Bonnie

  • photofriendly777
    photofriendly777almost 6 years ago

    Hey, now this is an interesting view of the church; few (if any) have captured it.

  • budrfli
    budrfliabout 5 years ago

    awesome history, and great verse paired with it. You have me wanting to hear the church bells ring out!

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