COOKS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL EVENT - Taking part in last year’s Ministry Fair and Gumbo of St. Joseph Catholic Church parish by cooking up a delicious gumbo for all to enjoy were, from left, cooks, Merlin Alleman and John Quebodeaux, Father Samuel Fontana, Father Kevin Bordelon, and Chef Carol Menard, and cooks Andrus Fontenot and Jeff Stutes. (Acadian-Tribune File Photo)

Annual St. Joseph Ministry Fair and Gumbo Feb. 3 at Rayne Civic Center

Plans are complete and St. Joseph parishioners are readying for the 2017 annual Ministry Fair and Gumbo to be held Friday, Feb. 3, in the Rayne Civic Center.

gave keynote address: Mary A. Washington delivered the key note address during Monday’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in Rayne. Washington, an advocate for “the basic right to a good education,” was a long-time educator in Lafayette Parish and an officer with the Louisiana Association of Educators. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Steve Bandy)

‘Hope’ is focus of 2017 city-wide MLK Day celebration

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

PLANS UNVEILED: Principles on hand for the formal unveiling of the plans for the $8.5 million expansion project at Rayne Guest Home included, from left, Dwight Hardee, trustee for the Curtis fund; Cathy Guidry Hair; John Guidry, Mary Brown White, Karon Curtis Cook, Sharon Faul, representing the Curtis trust; Ricky Bonin, Guest Home administrator; and Kevin Broussard, architect. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Josie Henry)

Rayne Guest Home unveils expansion plans

Fifty-one years — to the day — after ground-breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction on Rayne Guest Home, announcement was formally made of an expansion program that will more than


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