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Spirit of Acadiana: Teurlings Catholic Passion Play

Posted at 7:36 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 18:42:25-04

Students at Teurlings Catholic High School are marking Holy Thursday with a performance of the “Passion of the Christ.”

Students, faculty, and their families gathered on campus early Thursday morning for the performance.

Scott Brazda caught up with the actors and organizers in today’s Spirit of Acadiana.

The actors say that participating in the play has been a very humbling experience and a challenge to bring these biblical characters to life.

Around 200 senior students participated in this year’s passion play.

The play began at 6:30 am in the school’s gym. Normally held outside, the performance was moved indoors due to expected weather Thursday morning.

School administrators made the decision for the school to remain open and to continue with the passion play despite the weather “in true sacrifice.” That sacrifice, according to Tuerlings Director of Faith Formation Josette Surratt, was fitting to play, mirroring Jesus’ own sacrifice.

Surrat said that the atmosphere and significance of the weather on Thursday also added to the meaning of the play.

Preparations for Thursday’s play began about six weeks ago.

Students also make a donation to a non-profit organization to help effect change in the community. This year, Teurling Catholic chose Catholic Services of Acadiana as its recipient of $3,500 and clothing.

Scott spoke with Ben Broussard about the donation before the play began.

Broussard says that to see the faith in the students as a part of this play and in everyday life, “is a beautiful thing.”