St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA   70810
(The corner of Highland Road and Gardere Lane)  phone: 225-766-2431;  fax: 225-766-0722

Where in the World is Fr. David?

A Letter from Sr. Mary Ann Culotta, OP:

Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for all your kind words, cards, gifts and support at my good-bye party. I want to thank Fr. Trey, the staff and you who made it possible. It has been a privilege to serve with and among you over the years. I will always treasure you and our time together. God's special blessings on each of you and your families.
As you may know I have chosen to move to be with my community and my new address is:
Mary Ann Culotta, OP
Dominican Sisters of Peace
580 Broadway New Orleans, LA 70118
Gratefully always, Sr. Mary Ann Culotta, OP

Reverend David E. Allen is the new pastor of Holy Family Parish in Port Allen. He succeeds the Reverend Henry C. Vavasseur, who is retiring. Father Allen, has been pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Baton Rouge, and before that as pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Livonia. One unique ministry Father Allen undertakes is that of "Clergy Health Minister," assisting diocesan priests and deacons in caring for their physical and emotional wellbeing; he will continue in that role.  His new mailing address is Holy Family Parish, P. O. Box 290, Port Allen, LA 70767-0290

Reverend Christopher J. Decker has been appointed the new pastor of the clustered Parishes of St. James in St. James and St. Philip in Vacherie. This is his first pastorate. In this position he succeeds Father Louis Oubre. Father Decker, 28, has served for the past year as parochial vicar and later as administrator of St. Thomas More Parish in Baton Rouge. He was ordained a priest in 2007, and also has served for one year each as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Denham Springs and then at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Baton Rouge.


Reverend Howard R. Adkins has been appointed pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish in Independence. After his ordination in 2007 Father Adkins served first as parochial vicar of the cluster of St. Ann Parish in Napoléonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Plattenville, and St. Philomena Parish in Labadieville. For the past year he has served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Baton Rouge.

Reverend Michael J. Alello, also ordained in 2007, will become pastor of St. Philomena Parish in Labadieville, succeeding Father Trey Nelson. This past year Father Alello has been parochial vicar of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Prairieville. During the preceding year he served as parochial vicar in the cluster made up of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Convent, St. Joseph Parish in Paulina and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Gramercy.