6th Sunday of Easter
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ (John 14:27-28)
I would like to ask you: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord which through a desire, a certain restlessness, invites you to follow Him more closely? Have you heard it? Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus? Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave! Be brave, ask Him!
- Pope Francis
A Eucharistic Community since 1772
Welcome to the website of Ascension of Our Lord and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Churches in historic Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The establishment of our Catholic faith community pre-dates the establishment of Donaldsonville by 50 years at a time when the United States territory was still served by missionary clergy of the Catholic Church in Europe. We have the distinction of being a community of faith to which St. Elizabeth Ann Seton deployed her missionary Sisters of Charity in the 1800’s and one that was visited personally by St. Katherine Drexel in the early 1900’s. We are also the location of the first ordination of a Catholic bishop in the Louisiana territory in the early 1800’s. We figure prominently in the earliest ministry of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of France and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. We are home to the oldest Catholic school in the Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of the largest and most historic Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.