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Small Town Churches

When I first began my historic church column, I fell in love with the people, history and that unique presence that lives inside these heavenly havens. I’ll never forget my first assignment hauling all kinds of gear including my recorder, camera bag, tripod and notebook. It was the beginning of a new calling, a passion that continues to grow.

As I sat down to write that first article, I studied the photographs and listened closely to the recording. The words began to flow devoted to the language of art, architecture and the generations who built these lordly monuments.

I returned with several copies of the magazine and they were overwhelmed with appreciation. One prominent member of the church took me to the side, holding the magazine close to her chest, she said, “Ms. Burst you have found your ministry, God has given you a gift.”

That was 12 years ago and I have honored that ministry with a long list of articles and two books. I continue my quest to share more of Louisiana churches in my Louisiana’s Sacred Places series of books. I’m currently researching churches for my next book due out 2016. If you would like to recommend a church, please leave a comment below.

Until then, enjoy this post as I share some of my favorite churches across the Louisiana back roads and towns along the way.

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St Martin de Tours church, St. Martinville, LA

 

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St Martin de Tours church altar, St. Martinville, LA

 

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Our Lady of Peace Meditation Chapel, Columbia, LA.

 

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Our Lady of Peace Meditation Chapel interior, Columbia, LA

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Old country church on backroads of Pointe Coupee Parish, LA

 

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United Methodist nave, Jackson, LA

 

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United Methodist upstairs pew window, Jackson, LA

 

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Lourdes chapel, Lacombe, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Autographed books available via this website.

 

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St Francis Church, River Road near New Roads, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Autographed books available via this website.

 

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St Francis Church interior, River Road near New Roads, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Autographed books available via this website.

 

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St. Stephens, Innis, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Autographed books available via this website.

 

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St. Stephens interior, Innis, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Autographed books available via this website

 

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Christ Episcopal Church, Covington, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans. Autographed books available via this website

 

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Christ Episcopal Church pews, Covington, LA. Church and history featured in my book, Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans. Autographed books available via this website

 

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Trinity Lutheran, Abita Springs, LA

 

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Trinity Lutheran church altar, Abita Springs, LA

 

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Clinton Baptist church, Clinton, LA

 

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Covington Presbyterian Church, Covington, LA

 

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Church on the bayou, Gibson, LA

 

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Interior of church on the bayou, Gibson, LA

 

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Natchitoches Hwy 119 church, LA

 

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Mount Olivet Episcopal Church, Algiers, New Orleans, LA

 

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Pharr Chapel United Methodist Church, Morgan City, LA