Photography by John and Kathleen DeMajo

(Roman Catholic)
Located on Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux, Louisiana

The history of St. Joseph Parish dates back to 1813. It began in 1819 as a small wooden church. The present church was begun in 1923 and completed in 1925. The ornamental plaster work carried on until 1931. The building is Renaissance Romanesque in design. (Information provided from a pamplet by Carolyn Portier Gorman) (Old Photos below are by E.G. Knowbloch,) My thanks to Eric Ordoyne for the use of these historic photos.

The church shown below was erected in 1847 and replaced a wooden structure that was built in 1819. The Church was seriously damaged by a storm on September 20, 1909 and ultimately was destroyed by a fire on May 25, 1916.

ORGAN: From Fr. Menard's Journal (St. Joseph's Pastor): 1851 "During the year, I organ (the former {St. Louis} Cathedral organ). It cost $800.



Prior to the installation of the Wicks organ listed below, this church contained a Pilcher and Sons organ Opus 162, a two manual, 21 rank mechanical organ of three divisions. According to the notes of the pastor at the time, the organ was previously installed in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orlenas. We have also received subsequent information that the console of the Wicks instrument may have been replaced with a Johannus digital, and that the pipes of the original organ were incorporated into an expanded hybrid digital / pipe installation. The Wicks instrument was still in place and unmodified when this church was visited by personnel just after to Hurricane Katrina.
2 manual, 3 division, 17 ranks, 21 stops
Open Diapason 8 Lieblich Bourdon 16 Open Diapason 16
Second Open Diapason 8 Open Diapason 8 Violone 16
Violon Cello 8 Violin Diapason 8 Bourdon 16
Melodia 8 Stopped Flute 8 Lieblich Gedeckt 16
Gedackt 8 Salicional 8 Octave 8
Dulciana 8 Voix Celeste 8 Bass Flute 8
Octave 4 Flauto Dolce 8 Cello 8
Flute 4 Giegen Octave 4 Gedeckt 8
Super Octave 2 Flute D'Amour 4 Blank tablet
Mixture III Nazard 2-2/3 Swell to Pedal
Trumpet 8 Piccolo 2 Great to Pedal
Blank tablet Mixture III  
Great to Great 16 Cornopean 8  
Great Unison Silent Tremolo  
Great to Great 4 Swell to Swell 16  
Swell to Great 16 Swell-Unison silent  
Swell to Great 8 Swell to Swell 4  
Swell to Great 4    


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