Parish History

  • June 2, 1965 – Fr. Weber, a Holy Cross priest, comes to Lafayette with the task of developing a new parish
  • September 26, 1965 – First Mass celebrated in a lumber warehouse
  • January 1966 – Fr. Pellegrin, C.S.C. assigned as Associate
  • March 1966 – Property purchased for building new church
  • August 1967 – Fr. Crumbley, C.S.C. assigned to replace Fr. Pellegrin
  • Summer of 1968 – Brother James Doherty, C.S.C. assigned to help in the parish programs
  • March 30, 1969 – Palm Sunday, first Mass celebrated in new church
  • July 1973 – Fr. Crumbley appointed pastor
  • March 1977 – Fr. Allen Cormier, C.S.C. appointed pastor
  • August 9, 1980 – Deacon Mike Clark ordained as the first Deacon for the parish
  • June 15, 1982 – Fr. Floyd Calais, a diocesan priest, assigned to Holy Cross
  • July 1983 – New Life Center for staff offices and classrooms completed
  • August 26, 1988 – Deacon Norbert Luke ordained and assigned to Holy Cross
  • July 1991 – Additional classrooms and office space completed and named the “Calais Center” after the pastor
  • 1994 – Fr. Calais retires after 40 years of priesthood
  • June 30, 1994 – Fr. Martin Borcherding appointed pastor and celebrated his first mass
  • February 19, 1995 – Mortgage on Calais Center was paid
  • September 28, 1995 – Work begins on renovation of church
  • October 5, 1999 – First high school Youth Group meeting held
  • February 12, 2000 – Deacon Rickey Picard ordained and assigned to Holy Cross
  • June 3, 2000 – “Kids on the Move” became part of parish life
  • March 1, 2002 – Deacon Norbert Luke passes away
  • April 2002 – New Holy Cross Family Center opened
  • May 26, 2002 – Bishop Edward O’Donnell dedicates new administration building, Family Center, and Prayer Garden
  • July 1, 2007 – Fr. Howard Blessing appointed pastor of Holy Cross
  • March 2, 2012 – Deacon Mike Clark passes away
  • July 1, 2012 – Little Shepherds becomes a school with the Lafayette Diocese Catholic School System
  • August 9, 2012 – Deacon Kenneth David ordained and assigned to Holy Cross
  • July 18, 2013  – Father Martin Borcherding passes away
  • September 14, 2015 – The 50th Anniversary of Holy Cross Parish, which has grown to serve 2,497 families
  • October 1, 2015 – Deacon Jim Kincel assigned to Holy Cross
  • May 21, 2016 – Deacon Scotty Baudoin ordained and assigned to Holy Cross
  • May 21, 2016 – Father Blessing celebrated 40 years of priesthood
  • June 1, 2017 – Deacon Robert Klingman assigned to Holy Cross

Our future continues with each new day bringing the challenge of God’s love. We are deeply grateful for all who have gone before us. We celebrate the now and the vineyard we are called to harvest, always seeking the Sacred within.