Chapel on Our Campus - Project Making Progress

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Our St. Louise de Marillac Chapel project received a wonderful gift from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation. This significant contribution, along with other generous donations brings us to $208,650 raised. Our total project budget is $350,000.  We also want to recognize Kathy Bishop who gave a very generous gift to get this effort from a possibility to a soon-to-be reality. These wonderful major contributors to this project are examples that we all can follow, and every dollar counts. We thank all those who have made gifts to this project that have propelled us to this new total.  Thank you all!  

The Chapel is named in honor of St. Louise de Marillacwho worked with St. Vincent de Paul in his ministry of serving those most in need.She was the founder of the Daughters of Charity who are now known worldwide for their work in healthcare.  In St. Vincent de Paul’s time, they were known for running hospitals, clinics and orphanages.  These women were leaders, and in the 1600’s, that was remarkable.  

St. Vincent de Paul himself had great vision and recognized the important role women play in our world.  He realized that women had much to offer, and he saw them as equals to men. St. Louise de Marillac was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934 and was declared the patroness of social workers in 1960.  She serves as a great example for both men and women to follow.  

Our chapel will be a place where guests and volunteers who need a quiet place to pray have an opportunity to come closer to God. A place to pray and reflect can give our needy guests the spiritual strength they need to get through a difficult time in their lives.Our volunteers will also be able to utilize the chapel as a place to meditate and pray, enhancing the faith-filled experience we want them to have here at St. Vincent de Paul as they serve God’s poor.  

During the upcoming holiday season, please consider contributing to this project so that we can provide a designated place for prayer and spiritual reflection for our volunteers and the needy we are blessed to serve.   If you have been thinking of making a major gift, this might be the project you are looking for.  If you would like more information, contact Michael Acaldo at (225) 383-7837, ext. 0, or at  If you would like to make a financial gift, please feel free to give online by clicking here