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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church History

St. Anthony Church

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Darrow, Louisiana, was officially established on May 18, 1937. Its founding pastor was Fr. Celestin M. Chambon. The church acquired another piece of property in Darrow and moved to its present location on Highway 22 in 1948 when Msgr. Raphael C. Labit was pastor. St. Anthony church was a mission of Ascension of Our Lord Church in Donaldsonville until Fr. Peter J. Crifasi was stationed there as the first resident pastor.

The pastors of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church from its inception were: Fr. Celestin M, Chambon (1937-1938), Msgr. Raphael C. Labit (1938-1950), Msgr. Edwin J. Gubler ( 1950-1962), Fr. Peter D. Crifasi

(1962-1969, first resident pastor), Fr. Jerry F. Young (1969-1971), Fr. Francis LeNir (1971-1979), Fr. George Gensler ( 1979-1994), Fr. David Chauvin ( 1994-1995), and Fr- James Martone ( 1995-1999), Fr. Myles Kearney (1999-2000), Fr. Mansueto "Chito" Palang (2000-2001), Fr. Kenneth Smith (2001-2004),

Fr. Michael Galea (2004-2014), Fr. Keun-Soo Lee (2014-present).

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is a parish of approximately 175 families While it is a small parish there is evidence of growth, especially in the construction of new homes, and the establishment of Pelican Point Golf community within the parish boundaries with the possibility of' over 300 homesites.

The church parish is composed of families from all age groups with a pretty equal representation from each group. The people in the parish are generous with their time, their talent, and their treasure. A positive attitude prevails.

In July of 1995 St. Anthony Catholic Church was clustered with St. Anne Catholic Church in Sorrento, Louisiana. The new situation has been accepted well by the people and has been very successful. The future for the parish looks encouraging. There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is at work among the people of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.