302 Greenwood Street
P. O. Box 1776
Morgan City, LA 70381
Church phone 985 384-7629
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m. until noon
Trinity Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church of Morgan City, founded in 1874, is one of the
oldest "congregations of worship" in eastern Saint Mary Parish.
Originally a mission on the Louisiana Diocese of the Protestant
Episcopal Church, and located in what was then the Town of Brashear,
the church grew with the community. Dedicated members and generous
benefactors sustained Trinity in its early years and enabled the
growing congregation to weather the hardships of the Reconstruction
Era, the terrors of yellow fever, and the more mundane crises which
inevitably beset any struggling church in the small rural communities
of that time. The congregation organized and maintained an active
Sunday School during these years.
1876, the present church property was purchased for three hundred
dollars, which had been raised through donations and "entertainments".
A year later, the Bishop of Louisiana encouraged the construction
of a schoolhouse, which could also be used for divine services,
on the property. The school proved to be particularly beneficial
to the community since the public schools had been closed for lack
of funds. At the turn of the century, the "shotgun" style building
was moved a short distance to the church's present location. A chancel
was added, the interior and exterior were refinished, and the church
was completely furnished. Native cypress lumber was used extensively
with lasting results.
1911, the church was remodeled with old St. Andrew's Church in New
Orleans as the model for the renovation and the project was funded
by generous contributions from Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Methodists,
and Jews as well as Episcopalians. A parish house was built in the
late 1940's. The rapid development of the offshore oil industry
in the Morgan City area in the years following the Second World
War enabled the church to expand and flourish.
1956, Trinity called its first resident priest, the Reverend James
Douglass. The next year, Trinity Episcopal Church was proudly granted
a charter by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana conferring long-desired
parish status. In subsequent decades, further improvements and renovations
were carried out in the church and the parish house, and the Albert
Storm Memorial Rectory was built. Needlepoint cushions, kneelers,
and stained glass memorial windows were installed in the church.
In keeping with Trinity's emphasis on tradition, a bell was placed
in the belfry to call the faithful to worship.
this historic church remains, as ever, dedicated to the Holy Trinity
and to the time-honored Anglican Communion.
is located in downtown Morgan City across from The Turn of
the Century House, at the corner of Second Street and Greenwood
Street. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more detailed directions.
Episcopal Church-Schedule of Services
Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m.
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