It is interesting to note that when Bob Angelle attended church as a young boy in Arnaudville, the Mass at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church was by a priest from a French-speaking country. Even these priests sometimes viewed the Cajun people as ignorant because they could not read or write French. Consequently, when Bob told his father that he felt called to the priesthood, his father did not believe him, and felt his son to be insulting God because a Cajun was unworthy of being a priest. In 1956, Father Bob was ordained - the first Cajun priest from Arnaudville in its 103-year history as a church parish
Born in Arnaudville on August 23, 1931, the second child of six to Bryant and Marie Mistrot Angelle, Robert Gabriel "Bob" Angelle did become a priest and in December 1970 was made a Papal Chamberlain by Pope Paul, with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
Father Bob has been awarded the following College Degrees:
- B.A., Philosophy, St. Joseph Seminary (1953)
- B.S., Education, Loyola of the South (1957)
- M.S., Divinity, St. Joseph Seminary (1958)
- M.S., Chemistry, Notre Dame University (1960)
- M.A., Mathematics, Louisiana State University (1964)
After a brief assignment as Parish Priest in New Iberia, Father Bob was assigned to Landry High School in Lake Charles (1963) where he served as Math Department Head, Assistant Principal, Religion Teacher, until 1968, when he was made Principal. He oversaw the building and consolidation of Landry and St. Charles Academy into the new St. Louis High School, which opened in 1970. It is now the only Roman Catholic High School in the Diocese of Lake Charles.
In February, 1974, Monsignor Bob Angelle was assigned Pastor in Kaplan, Louisiana, and Bishop's Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Lafayette.
In February, 1976, he was made Associate Vicar for Administrative Affairs for the Diocese of Lafayette, and in January, 1978, was made Vicar for Administrative Affairs, Diocese of Lafayette, which post he relinquished June 15, 1979, to devote full time to Education.
Monsignor Angelle has been a member of many professional organizations -- ecclesiastical, clerical, civic, religious and educational -- on local, state, Diocesan, and national levels; has served as Director of Bishop's Services Appeal for 1976 and 1977, and as Diocesan Budget Director and Diocesan Personnel Director.
He served in 1977-80 as Southern Regional Representative of the National Executive Committee of CACE (Chief Administrator of Catholic Education).
In January, 1980, was made Vicar General for the Diocese of Lafayette and on February 18, 1981, was appointed Executive Director of Louisiana Catholic Conference - Church Ministry Division.
On May 22, 1981, Monsignor Angelle was appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II.
He served as Pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he led his parish family into becoming a model parish for whom stewardship has become “a way of life.”Monsignor Robert Gabriel Angelle
retired from active ministry in the Diocese of Lafayette on October 26, 1998. Since then, Monsignor Angelle has been presenting missions, speaking at national, regional and Diocesan Conferences throughout the United States.