A grand re-opening celebration will be held today for the new Crossroads Collective, formerly Crossroads Catholic Bookstore, on Johnston St.
The bookstore is now under the ownership of Catholic Charities of Acadiana (CCA). The business has been operation in Lafayette since 1984.
CCA's merger with Crossroads took effect on July 1, 2019. All profits from sales at Crossroads now benefit the programs of CCA.
The celebration today follows a recent store revitalization. Bishop Douglas Deshotel will preside over the blessing at 11 a.m.
Today's event lasts until 5 p.m.
Kim Boudreaux, CEO of CCA, said, "We want to honor the legacy of Crossroads Catholic Bookstore and the impact those involved in its ministry have made in Acadiana for over the last thirty years. It is a blessing to have been given this opportunity to carry on the legacy of Crossroads and not only continue its mission but to expand its significance...this endeavor allows our community the opportunity to support and engage in the work of Catholic Charities of Acadiana in a new way and make their purchasing experience have meaning."
Chief Communications Officer for CCA Ben Broussard, explained that he loves the store's mission.
"I love the communal aspect of this store. That people who shop here know that they're directly supporting the programs of Catholic Charities of Acadiana, such as St. Joseph Diner and our sheltering programs...to know that their purchases have a purpose."
Crossroads will expand its current inventory to highlight local artisans and support ethically sourced and fair trade products from around the world.
CCA's mission is to care for the sacred gift of all human life, especially the most vulnerable. Since 1973, its programs have represented a response to the Gospel call to carry out the corporal works of mercy.