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Friar takes to the water to lure parishioners back to Mass

Posted at 12:55 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 14:49:55-04

Posted by Frère Natanael Maria A on Friday, March 15, 2019


A Dulac friar took to the waters last week to try to get his flock to come to Mass, the Houma Daily Courier reports.

The Rev. Antonio Maria Speedy put on a life jacket, hopped into a pirogue and cruised across the bayou under a sign that read, “Dulac, come back to Mass!” He rang a bell as he passed by the fishing boats, the newspaper reports.

The 42-year-old friar said his plan to boost church attendance is slowly but surely paying off.

“We talk about the importance of bayous to the Catholic faith down here,” Speedy told the Courier. “It’s a unique situation. Everything was founded on the bayous, so we’ve been looking to try to evangelize using the bayous. When the bishop asked me to go to Dulac we were praying about how to get people in church. A friend loaned me the pirogue, so I decided to try it. We knew the people would love it.”

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