Lake Charles Diocese celebrates 30th anniversary

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Today was a day of celebration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

"For us as a community of Lake Charles, Louisiana, this is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese, the Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles," said Father Whitney Miller.

Thirty years ago, on this day, Pope John Paul II decreed the establishment of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Meaning the five western civil parishes of the Diocese of Lafayette separated and declared themselves a diocese of their own.

While very excited about the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Lake Charles, the church does realize that they are relatively young.

"If you think of a 30 year old person, that person is just beginning to come into their sense of young adulthood. As a young church we certainly have many, many accomplishments over these last 30 years that we're grateful to God for, but we know that God is calling us to much more in the future," said Father Miller.

The church also honored hundreds, who were received into the Catholic Church through the diocese of Lake Charles at the most recent Easter vigil.

Including Kyle Paulk, who considered it a special honor to be received on the 30th anniversary.

"It was interesting that on the same year that the Bishop is celebrating his third year here, is the same year that the Diocese is celebrating its 30th year, is the same year that I become Catholic. It does have a special meaning that all of the kind of came together, and it's my senior year, and it certainly makes me feel good about my decision," said Paulk.

The Diocese of Lake Charles continues to grow and looks forward to many more wonderful years.

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