Born in Arnaudville on July 28, 1942, to Yves and Florence Guidry Schexnayder, John Gary obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from Catholic University in May 1967. After a summer internship at Our Lady of Help of Christians, Jennings, Louisiana, under Monsignor Charles Marin, he attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1969 at Saint John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Arnaudville by Bishop Warren Boudreaux.
Perhaps because he was a student at Little Flower School, Father Gary eagerly explains to his parishioners: “Since the third grade, I have had an interest in the priesthood. After all these years, I have tried to keep my focus and be the best representative of the Gospel that I can possibly be. I became a priest to serve God and to serve you.”
And, his parishioners feel he has been very successful. His homilies are interspersed with a few French words but his message in always on track!