Bishop of Lafayette and Basile native J. Douglas Deshotel (center) is pictured here as he consecrates the Blessed Sacrament during the North Deanery Mass held at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas last Friday night as part of the Diocese of Lafayette’s Centennial Celebration. Members of the clergy joining Bishop Deshotel behind the altar are (from left to right) Fr. Cedric Sonnier, head of centennial committee; Fr. Taj Glodd, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart; Fr. Jared Suire, vicar for the clergy; Fr. Tom Voorhies; pastor of Sacred Heart; Bishop Emeritus Michael Jarrell; Fr. Jim Brady, pastor of St. Landry Catholic Church; Fr. Bill Blanda; master of ceremonies; Fr. Conley Bertand; and Monsignor Bob Romero; former pastor of Sacred Heart and current pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in Eunice. Flanking the altar are deacons Dwayne Joubert (left) and Sammy Eisey (right) of St. Landry Catholic Church. The chalice used by Bishop Deshotel was the one belonging to Ville Platte native and St. Landry Catholic Church parishioner Fr. Verbis LaFleur. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Ville Platte was well represented last Friday night as parishioners and clergy from Sacred Heart of Jesus, St.