Pastor’s Corner – June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day!!

Happy Father’s Day! Many thanks to all our devoted father’s who lead and guide their families by teaching and example.  The ultimate goal is to make our way to Christ, and thus to God, The Father. We pray that in their fatherly vocation they always stay focused on true good for their families, which is the salvation of the souls entrusted to their care. Again, Happy Fathers Day!


Msgr. Russell Harrington

Speaking of Father’s, we will welcome a new “spiritual father” to our parish in two weeks.  As I promised last week, here’s a little more information about Msgr. Harrington, our new pastor and shepherd:



Born October 10, 1953

Raised in Acadia Parish in the Mermentau/Estherwood/Midland area

Graduated from Immaculata Seminary High School in 1971

Graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College in 1974

Studied Theology at St. Augustine Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ordained Transitional Deacon in 1978

Ordained a Priest May 25, 1979


Diocesan Assignments

Vicar for Priests/Diocese of Lafayette 1996-2014

Chancellor/Diocese of Lafayette 2002-2016

Director of Seminarians/Diocese of Lafayette 1998-2001


Parish Assignments

Our Lady of Wisdom/UL Campus – Pastor, 1979-1984

St. Peter, Grand Prairie – Pastor, 1984-1988

St. Elizabeth Seton, Lafayette – Pastor, 1988-1994

St. John’s Cathedral, Lafayette – Associate Pastor, 1996-1998

St. Patrick’s, Lafayette – Pastor, 1998-2000

Assumption Church, Mire – Pastor, 2000-2012

St. John Berchman, Cankton – 2012-2018


As I mentioned at Masses last week, Msgr. Harrington is smart, personable, approachable and has a heart for the people he serves.  We are very blessed to have him as our new pastor, and we continue to pray for his smooth transition into life here at St. Landry!



Reminder: Fr. Ben Pitre’s First Mass is next weekend at the 10am Mass, with reception to follow at the Opelousas Catholic Cafeteria



God Bless!

Father Brady

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