Reflections at St. Augustine by Jamie  Armbruster

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St. Augustine Catholic Church (Isle Brevelle) is outside Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA. Tradition holds that the church was established by Nicolas Augustin Métoyer, a newly freed slave, in 1803 and that services have been held continuously since then. The congregation may have gathered then, but the church and priest came later. As is often the case, historical records challenge the local lore. Parish records document the founding of the Chapel of St. Augustine “as a mission of the church of St. François of Natchitoches” in July 1829, when the church was constructed. It did not become a parish church with a resident priest until 1856.

The church is included in the Cane River National Heritage Area. Because of the significance of the church and the Créole community, it is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.


catholic church, natchitoches, louisiana, stained glass, light, history, religion

I love to capture things that move me, or unusual, or just show God’s beauty and handiwork in the world. There’s enough terrible things to last a life time. Pictures are worth a thousand words! I love the camera and everything associated with it. Jamie Armbruster

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  • kest standley
    kest standleyover 3 years ago

    So peaceful and serene, the way the sunlight shimmers into this room. Beautiful and sensative capture.

  • It was! Really did want to leave…

    – Jamie Armbruster

  • Jamie  Armbruster
    Jamie Armbrusterover 3 years ago

    Thank you very much Kest for the kind words. You are right, it was very serene in the church that day.

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! Just beautiful!

  • Thank you!

    – Jamie Armbruster

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 3 years ago


  • A real honor!

    – Jamie Armbruster

  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much!! I love this little church in the woods… It is also the church featured in the movie Steel Magnolia’s.

    – Jamie Armbruster

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 3 years ago

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATS on your IN HIS NAME Feature!!!!! honored to be among you… AWESOME image!!!

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble! Wonderful shot!

  • CriscoPhotos
    CriscoPhotosabout 3 years ago

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 3 years ago

  • What an honor! It was so moving to be in the room with the light coming through the window…

    – Jamie Armbruster

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