+A Growing Community
The number of area faithful continued to grow, and in 1953, a brick church and meeting hall were constructed. On September 29, 1962, the longtime mission church of St. Francis of Assisi became one of the first parishes established within the newly formed Diocese of Baton Rouge under its new bishop, Most Reverend Robert E. Tracy. The new parish was named St. Alphonsus Liguori after the founder of the Redemptorists. Ironically, the Catholic community of GreenwellSprings’ first pastor was the Reverent Joseph M. Greenwell, CSsR. +St. Alphonsus Catholic School
In typical American Redemptorist fashion, the new parish set to work, and, one year after its inception, opened a parish school with 131 students in grades one to four led by a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sr. Janet Marie Abbachi, as administrator. These sisters served the school until 1971. Lay principals, Mrs. Genevieve Stockstill and Mr. Harold Copes, served from 1969 to1984, at which time, Sr. Esther Hulin, a Sister of St. Joseph became principal of the school. Sr. Esther Hulin, C.S.J. served the school for 20 years, 1984 to 2005. Mrs. Shirley Bougere served as principal from 2006 through 2008. Mrs. Cynthia Ryals became principal in 2009.+A New St. Alphonsus
The 1970’s saw phenomenal growth in the area that demanded the construction of a new church. On May 20, 1978, our present church was dedicated with then pastor, Reverend Stephen Plei, CSsR, presiding. The new church was designed to seat 650 with standing room for an additional 300. By 1995, the parish’s physical plant had grown to include an Administration Building with Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Family Center, Grades K-8 school and Cafetorium, St. Francis of Assisi Meeting Rooms and Rectory. In 1986, the Redemptorist priests departed, and St. Alphonsus became a diocesan parish led by diocesan priests.+Centennial Celebration
On October 4, 1998, our centennial celebration began with the ringing of the original church bell, which has called the faithful to this location for one hundred years. Since the celebration of our centennial, the parish continues to grow both in numbers of parishioners and ministries to God’s people within the parish and the greater community.+Pastoral Council
Following a year of “home” meetings in which parishioners were able to identify their vision for the future of St. Alphonsus, Fr. Tom Duhe’ established an Advisory Council to develop a Parish Mission Statement and to structure a Pastoral Council. The Parish Mission Statement was completed in 1998 and the Pastoral Council was established the following year. Through the hard work of the council and many parishioners, new ministries have been started and existing ministries have been expanded. The council continues to provide vision and leadership for the parish.+Hope for the Future
The recent renovations to the existing church and the construction of a new meeting facility, administration building and Adoration Chapel are the first steps in an overall master plan designed to meet the long term needs of the community. Through the leadership of Fr. Mike Moroney, the Pastoral Council, the Parish Staff and countless volunteer ministers, we are continuing the work of Mrs. Amelia Landry in nurturing the faithful of our community.