St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church is a family of believers with open hearts united in the living presence of Jesus Christ. Our church was established in 1935 at the request of the Most Rev. Bishop Desmond of Alexandria. He invited the Holy Ghost Fathers to establish our church for the creoles and black faithful Catholics who at the time experienced the alienation of segregation present throughout society.

God's mercy and love has been with us throughout the years and we have many witnesses of our faith who have gone on before us. As we open our hearts to the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, we seek to know him more and to follow him more faithfully through repentance and the healing sacrament of reconciliation. In this way, we seek to fulfill His desire to "Love one another as I have loved you."

We believe in the Lord's call to recognize His presence in each other and His words, "whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me." Thus, we seek to be instruments of peace and instruments of mercy to those we encounter each day.

We give thanks to God for our ancestors who have led the way of faith before us. Their example of perseverance, faith, hope and love continue to inspire us in our own Catholic faith.  We give thanks for the many priests and sisters for their love and service throughout the years.

Our church family today continues to serve the creoles/black ancestors of our founding and receive with great joy people of every race and culture.

St. Anthony Divine Mercy Center and Outreach Program
Contact: Fr. John O'Brien, Stephen and Jennifer Newbury, Donna Ioustanua, Lillian Dugar

Disciples of Jesus Christ the King (Catholic Adult Discipleship)
Meets first and third Thuesday of each month at 6:00 pm
Contact: Fr. John O'Brien, Stephen Newbury

St. Anthony's Bereavement
Meets last Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm
Contact: Mary Wigely

The Mercy Generation Youth Group
Contact: Lorita Metoyer


Administrative Staff

Map Info: St. Anthony of Padua Church, Natchitoches 31.767056 -93.090947