Who We Are

Our Mission

St. Pius X Catholic Church enables all who seek Christ to hear the Gospel and live their faith as good stewards. In living the Good News, centered in the Eucharist, we bring Christ to others so all may live in freedom and grace.

Our History

From humble beginnings to one of the largest and most active congregations in our Diocese.

St. Pius X Church was established in March 1959 as a mission of a fairly young Parish – Our Lady of Fatima Church (est. 1949). With the growth of the city of Lafayette came the need for growth in church parishes. Our Lady of Fatima Church was carved out of the Cathedral of St. John (est. 1821) and established on Easter Sunday 1949. The first Mass for the St. Pius Mission was held in a metal warehouse on Verot School Road, with the use of a portable hand built altar and removable chairs. The location was rural, the building openair, and a cow sauntered inside at one Mass. Yet enthusiasm grew, pledges of labor and donations were made, and by August 1960 a 30 by 60 foot cement-block church was built by parishioners at the present location on Kaliste Saloom Road.

Designated a separate parish in 1968, St. Pius X continued to grow. A rectory on East Bayou Parkway was added in 1969. By 1972, the original parish population of 179 families had risen to 500, leading to the construction of our present 500-seat church in 1975. The cam pus grew again in 1982 with the addition of the Parish Life Center, and from 1995 – 1997, the original cement-block structure was renovated to provide for the preschool and the beginning of St. Pius Elementary School. The largest single addition to the complex then took place in 2000. The gymnasium, auditorium, dining hall, and two story academic center. In 2004, the completion of the Annex building of the complex was completed providing additional office and meeting space for the parish.

Strong clerical leadership and a rich liturgical background have enhanced the spiritual life of the parish. Many priests and religious have left mark. Monsignor Benedict brought the idea of a mission church to Bishop Schexnayder, who authorized its establishment. Father Brennan served for seven years as a mission priest, with Father Zaunbrecher in that role for the next two years. Monsignor Benefiel was the first pastor of the newly designated Parish, leading it from 1968 to 1972. Father Cremaldi served briefly during 1972, followed by the lengthy pastorate of Father Theriot, from 1972 to 1987. He was in turn assisted during some years by Fathers Courville and Richard and by Sister Carmelita Latiolais. Monsignor Richard Mouton arrived in 1987 and was with the Parish until 2007. He was driving force behind the development of the pre-school and the new St. Pius Elementary School (SPES). In that, he has brought about the fulfillment of Bishop Schexnayder’s original intention for the parish to create a school. Our present pastor, Father Steve LeBlanc has been with us since 2007.

Parishioners had many informal conversations of the dreams of a new church building with thier former pastor, Monsignor Richard Mouton. Fr. Steve LeBlanc also encountered these same types of conversations. Fr. Steve raised this conversation to a formal level in beginning a Long Range Advance Planning Process using the Institute for School and Parish Development (ISPD) and their consulting expertise to determine what the people of St. Pius saw as their top priorities. The number one priority that came out of the LRAP Convocation, inviting the entire parish to come together, was “how do we improve our aging and inadequate facilities….”

In January 2008, parish leaders and members of our Parish initiated a comprehensive long- range planning process for St. Pius X Parish, which resulted in The Long-Range Advancement Plan. Through this process, hundreds of parish families were involved in identifying challenges, creating solutions and determining priorities.

The parish now has more than 2,400 registered families and is growing on an average of 25 new families each month. St. Pius had outgrown it’s present church. Parishioners want to build a new church for the ever-growing population of the St. Pius X Catholic community. The new church will be built on the 600 block of Kaliste Saloom Road. Kaliste Saloom Road was once a “country road” with a “country parish church” has become a 6 mile major artery for the southeast side of the city of Lafayette. The community that St. Pius serves continues to grow and with that growth St. Pius continues to grow. Out of the sixteen par- ishes in the city of Lafayette, St. Pius has grown into one of the largest in the city of Lafayette.

With enthusiam that parishioners had in 1959 by pledges of labor and donations, parishioners today share that same enthusiam; Building the Faith in Acadiana: Body and Soul, Bricks and Mortar. One of the things the early settlers of this area brought with them was their Catholic Faith. The community is the beneficiaries of their struggles and accomplishments in what is popularly known as Cajun country. This theme encapsulates the culture, the history of faith and the future needs of a growing parish.

Our Leaders


Clergy

Fr. Steve

Fr. Steve Leblanc

Pastor

Email
(337) 232-4656


Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Faulk

Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor)

Email
(337) 232-4656


Deacon Phil

Deacon Phil

RCIA

Email
(337) 232-4656


Deacon Sammy

Deacon Sammy

Adult Confirmation

Email
(337) 232-4656



Parish Staff

Judy Hoffmann

Judy Hoffmann

Church Receptionist
Email
(337) 232-4656


Rose Mary

Rose Mary Corman

Secretary
Email
(337) 232-4656


Barbara A.

Barbara Abshire

Pastoral Assistant
Email
Room Request Email
(337) 232-4656

Debbie

Debbie Hebert

Accountant/Business Manager
Email
(337) 232-4656 


Schuyler

Schuyler Kleinpeter

Stewardship and Advancement Director
Email
(337) 232-1818


Ashton

Ashton Mouton

Evangelization Minister
Email
(337) 237-5130

Barbara Boudreaux

Barbara Boudreaux

Sacramental Minister
Email
(337) 232-1801


Blake

Blake Paul Harson

Parish Catechetical Leader (DRE)
Safe Environment Coordinator

Email
(337) 232-4672


John Ray

John Ray Perkins

Life Teen Youth Minister
Email
(337) 232-4656

Mallory

Mallory Wainwright

Sacristan
(337) 232-4656


Karen

Karen Melancon

Music Minister
Email
(337) 232-4656


Kevin

Kevin Martin

Organist
Email
(337) 232-4656

Edward Baudoin

Maintenance Director
(337) 232-4656



Pastoral Parish Council

Kenny Werther

President

Helen Dauphin

Council Member

Jim David

Trustee

Matt Hebert

Vice President

Brad Hamilton

Council Member

Glenda Laughlin

Trustee

Annette Hebert

Secretary

Angelle Pearce

Council Member

Bob Henry

Council Member

Maria Trege

Council Member


Finance Committee

Lawoka Bolden


Committee Chair

Jeff Godchaux


Council Member

Gene Cazayoux

Council Member

Michael Topham

Council Member

Our Seminarians

Deacon Chris Cambre
Donald Bernard
Andrew Killeen
Peter Sahuc, Jr.
Adam Fenstermaker
Brice Cambre
Andrew Furka
Hayden Lacour

Contact Us

Phone: (337) 232-4656
Fax: (337) 233-9468
Email: info@stpiusxchurch.org

201 E. Bayou Pkwy | P. O. Box 80489
Lafayette, LA. 70508


Office Hours

Monday to Thursday
8:00 am-12:00 Noon
1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Friday
8:00 am-12:00 Noon