Preserving our Parish History
Preservation of our parish history has been of great importance ever since the first day the Jesuits came to Shreveport in 1902 – the preservation continues today with the writing of our history (published Nov 2017) and the archaeological dig at the site of our first church and school.
PARISH HISTORY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!
Our Parish History, 1902-2017, has been published! Get your copy in the Parish Office!
Soft cover books are $20;
Hardbound books are now available! $35.
Purchase your copy in the Church Office or order online. If you would like for us to mail your copy, our shipping/handling cost for paperback is $7.50 and $10.50 for the hardback book.
Our book starts at the very beginning …
In 1902, the Jesuit Fathers answered an invitation from the Bishop of Alexandria to establish a parish and school in Shreveport, Louisiana. In March of that year, Father John F. O’Connor, S.J., the first pastor of St. John Berchmans Parish, began construction of two frame buildings for the parish priests’ residence, church and school in the 1500 block of Texas Avenue …
And ends with …
In preparing this book for publication for the Cathedral parish, it was decided that a proper conclusion would be to place a state historical marker on the site of the original college and church from 1902-1903. Our origins as a parish date to the Jesuit decision to build a school here in Shreveport at the turn of the twentieth century, so curiosity about the original location led to its verification using old city maps, and an exciting archaeological dig beginning in April 2017. The property owners, the Glorioso family, gave permission to begin the excavations.
And includes …
Tour of the Cathedral and Chapel
Chronological listing of historical events of the parish
Biography of our patron along with holy card and medal collection
From the early days of the establishment of the parish, our Jesuit priests kept journals chronicling the day-to-day life of a Catholic community in the early 1900’s Shreveport. Along with city maps, journals and old photographs, the exact site of the first church and school were located on Texas Avenue. The findings have been posted on our Facebook site.
May 9. 2017: Excavation exposing foundations of original St. John’s College and Church on Texas Avenue, built in 1902 by the Jesuits. A historical marker will be placed at the site of our first parish church and school.
May 26: More excavation exposing foundations of original St. John’s College and Church on Texas Avenue, built in 1902 by the Jesuits. East foundation!! Center aisle of church. Chimney. Meet the team. First artifacts.
June 2: Please share!! From Red River Radio: Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Father Peter Mangum, Rector of the Cathedral of St John Berchmans along with archeologist Jason Brown and Dr. Cheryl White, Associate Professor of History here at LSUS about an archeological dig going on now on the site of the Original Cathedral of St John Berchmans.
June 4: Update from the archaeological site of St. John’s 1902 original church. Team unexpectedly unearths eastern foundational pillar deep–like an ancient step pyramid or Mayan ziggurat.
On the local newstation, Channel 3, KTBS: