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Grand Coteau: The Holy Land of South Louisiana
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Grand Coteau: The Holy Land of South Louisiana
Grand Coteau’s well-established ties to the supernatural are explained in detail in this book on this mysterious community located in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country. Grand Coteau: The Holy Land of South Louisiana delves into not only the famous Miracle of Grand Coteau, but also the history and mystery of the Academy of the Sacred Heart (founded in 1821), St. Charles College (founded in 1838) and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House. Long known as a center for religious retreats and Catholic education, Grand Coteau is widely recognized as the home of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, one of the oldest educational institutions in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River; St. Charles College, originally established as an all-boys Catholic school and now functioning as the Jesuit Spirituality Center and Novitiate; and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, located just down the road from the college. The book is a product of extensive research and interviews that have unearthed some little-known facts about the community. It provides an inside look at the Jesuits’ semi-monastic lifestyle prior to the reforms of Vatican II. It explains how the Academy of the Sacred Heart managed to survive the Civil War with the help of a Yankee general. It reveals that Grand Coteau was visited by not only one person destined for sainthood but by several who have since become saints or who are on the road to canonization. One of the chapters tells the story of the famous Miracle of Grand Coteau, in which Mary Wilson, a young postulant in the Society of the Sacred Heart, was totally and instantaneously cured of an excruciating and seemingly terminal illness shortly after the Civil War. This supernatural occurrence is recognized as the first authenticated miracle in North America. The book is heavily illustrated with dozens of color photographs of the buildings, the people, the oak groves and wide open spaces; plus old photos of people and scenery going back to the mid-1800s; and two maps. The book includes a journey into not only the history of the major religious and educational institutions of the town, but also the substance of their teachings. For instance, there is a complete chapter explaining that the retreats offered at both Jesuit-run facilities are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a form of contemplative prayer written in the sixteenth century and used all over the world today.
Author Trent Angers
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