Thirty years ago, a late integrate who lived on Blind River in St. James Parish motionless that their removed forest indispensable a possess place of worship. It started with one woman’s boundless vision. FOX 8′s Dave McNamara takes us on a vessel float to Our Lady of Blind River in tonight’s Heart of Louisiana.
The Blind River twists a approach by a forested swamps that empty into Lake Maurepas. It’s home to weekend boaters and those who cite a siege of camps permitted usually by boat. And it was home to Patricia Hymel’s relatives – Bobby and Martha Deroche.
“When he late from Kaiser, he motionless he wanted to live on a river, so they came and changed on a river,” Hymel said. “They lived here for 24 years.”
But one thing was blank for Martha.
“She is a really true woman, really devout woman, and she always wanted a small place to pray,” Hymel said.
Martha got her place to pray, subsequent doorway to her home on Blind River.
“And one night she had a prophesy of Jesus kneeling by a rock,” Hymel recalled. “And she told my dad, she said, ‘I had a prophesy of Jesus kneeling by a rock.’ And she said, ‘I consider he’s perplexing to tell me something – on this stone we shall build a church.’”
So with a assistance of about 3 dozen friends and 6 months of tough labor, they built that church and named it Our Lady of Blind River.
The volunteers who built this chapel found aged sinker cypress logs along a stream and they hand-cut 2,000 wooden shingles that they used to cover a walls and a steeple of this building.
“Everything was all by hand,” Hymel said. “That cypress tree was found in a swamp. It was strike by lightning. What they did, they got a partial that was still good that wasn’t, we know, burnt by a lightning, and they floated it down over here on a river.”
The vale cypress branch became a grotto that binds a statue of Our Lady of Blind River.
“And they dedicated a chapel Aug. 21, 1983,” Hymel said. “And a clergyman came here, and they had a dedication. He sanctified a chapel and everything.”
In a 30 years that followed, a chapel has survived hurricanes and floods, and has always welcomed visitors to wharf their boats and come inside. Guest books have been filled with thousands of names from around a world.
Anna Maguire of Garyville brought a crony from Atlanta.
“It’s peaceful,” Maguire said. “This is indeed a second time this year. We’ve been in years past, and it’s beautiful. It’s never wavered; It’s never died.”
Bobby and Martha Deroche both died final year. Now their children and grandchildren take caring of a chapel.
“And that’s what she always did contend – ‘Please keep it in a family, y’all tend to it make certain all is correct with it,’” Hymel said.
Our Lady of Blind River is partial of a landscape of trees and birds, moss and flowers, H2O and fish that pull people to this square of muddy wilderness, where one woman’s prophesy still invites visitors to pause, and reflect, and pray.
The Blind River Chapel is a 7-mile vessel float from a St. James Boat Club launch on Airline Highway nearby Gramercy.
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