September 28, 2016
A dedication program in honor of Welsh being named Home of the Cajun Dictionary is planned for Wednesday, October 19, beginning with the celebration of 5:30 PM Mass at Our Lady of Seven Dolars Church (209 North Adams Street, Welsh, LA 70591).
The Friends of the Museum are hosting this celebration of recent legislation which named Welsh as the "Home of the Cajun Dictionary." The Cajun Dictionary, which is praised as a classic work on a little known subject deserving of more attention, was published in 1984 by Msgr. Jules O. Daigle. A native of Lafayette, Msgr. Daigle made some of his seminary studies in Rome; after his ordination in 1925, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Seven Dolars for 44 years. He died in 1998 at the age of 97.
The recent session of the Louisiana legislature approved a measure submitted by State Senator Dan Morrish and State Rep. Johnny Guinn, designating Welsh as the Home of the Cajun Dictionary.
Mass will be celebrated by the church parish’s current pastor, Fr. Alan Trouille. It will be followed by a formal presentation of the proclamation by the two legislators. Also taking part officials of the town of Welsh led by Mayor Carolyn Louvere and members of Msgr. Daigle's family. The event will then move to the museum at 202 South Street for a reception and viewing of the Father Daigle exhibit.