St. Francis of Assisi
1907, Fr. W. L. Lambertz of Campti began offering a regular monthly
Mass in the old school house in Powhattan. In 1912, his successor, Fr.
Nicholas Judermanns built a chapel in the area. It was blessed by
Bishop Van de Ven in the spring of that year and dedicated in honor of
St. Andrew. That chapel was destroyed in a storm in 1937 but it was
rebuilt the following year by Fr. Hubert, a Holy Ghost Father, and
blessed by Bishop Desmond who dedicated it in honor of St. Francis. The
Holy Ghost Fathers took charge of the mission from 1936 to 1948.
In 1948, Bishop Greco established St. Francis' Church as an independent
parish and assigned Fr. Herman Couvillion as the first pastor. The
church building was relocated to Allen Road in 1957. Under Fr. Rudolph
Engelen, ground was broken for a new church in 1963. The structure,
which was built at a cost of $124,000, was completed with help from the
Catholic Extension Society in the spring of 1964. The first Mass was
celebrated in the new church on April 12, 1964 and Bishop Greco blessed
the church on May 25 of that same year.
Location: 4310 Hwy 485, Robeline, LA
Mailing Address: 179 Hwy 485, Natchitoches, LA 71457
Mass schedule: Sunday 9:30 am; Weekdays, Thursday 5:00 pm; Holy Days 5:15 pm; Confession 30 minutes before Mass