Apostleship of Prayer, League of the Sacred Heart

Nonco was totally committed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Nonco Foundation is continuing Nonco's work in the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

Apostleship of Prayer Nonco Group

The December 2017 Intention which Pope Francis has given us is:  "The Elderly. 

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Pope Francis, in a radio address in 2016, proclaimed:  “The Church regards the elderly with affection, gratitude, and high esteem.  They are an essential part of the Christian community and of society:  in particular, they represent the roots and the memory of a people…  Your maturity and wisdom, accumulated over the years, can help younger people in search of their own way, supporting them on the path of growth and openness to the future.”

The Apostleship of Prayer Nonco Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m., at J. M. Morrow Memorial Nursing Home, Arnaudville, LA.  Please join us in this devotion in imitation of Nonco and a Life Worthy of the Lord. If you can't join us in body, please join us in prayer.

On the First Friday of each month, at 9:30 a.m., at J. M. Morrow Memorial Nursing Home, Arnaudville, LA, please join us for a Communion Service followed by the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Please come.
How did this love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus begin for Nonco?

He had a very faith-filled Catholic upbringing.

Monsignor Louis Massebiau was a great pastor who worked with his parishioners to increase devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Monsignor Daniel Bernard, the priest who was Monsignor Massebiau's assistant and then the pastor of St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, continued the work that his predecessor had started.

Nonco attended school in Natchitoches in 1909.  While there, he was a member of the Apostleship of Prayer.  He was 21 years old.  (See photograph below.)

‚ÄčAlbum from the the start of the Nonco Apostleship of Prayer Group at J. M. Morrow Memorial Nursing Home
Christmas 2013
We begin in imitation of Nonco...

The Christmas Visit at the nursing home was inspirational.  It led to the decision to start the Apostleship of Prayer Group. 

In February, 2014, the Nonco Foundation formed the Apostleship of Prayer Nonco Group at J. M. Morrow Memorial Nursing Home in Arnaudville. Monthly Nonco Apostleship of Prayer meetings are held on the first Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  On the First Friday of each month, a Communion Service is held followed by the Sacred Heart Novena Program. 

Members of the Nonco Foundation visit nursing home residents and record their memoirs. Every Thursday, a member of the Foundation visits the nursing home.  Sometimes movies are shown.  Adult coloring is an enjoyable activity. On Monday afternoons, Bingo is called.  Visiting the residents and bringing our Christian community to them is a joy.

On January 29, 2015, Father James Kubicki, National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer visited the group and told them that it is the only nursing home group in the USA and he would use the Nonco group as a model for other nursing home groups.

If you live in an area where there is a nursing home and you would like to participate in the Nonco Groups or if you want to start an Apostleship of Prayer group at your church, email us at npelafigue@gmail.com or call 337-523-5832. We will be happy to share information with you.
Father James Kubicki, then National Director of the
Apostleship of Prayer worked closely with the Nonco Foundation in establishing the Apostleship of Prayer Nonco Group.  Click on the above link for more information, to request prayer, order materials or to refer a friend.

Father Kubicki has a new position and Father William Blazek, SJ, serves as the Regional Director of USA and Canada.  Many know Father Blazek from the Manresa Retreat House in Convent, Louisiana, where he served as Retreat Master

Apostleship of Prayer
1501 South Layton Boulelvard
Milwaukee, WI 53215-1924
Phone:  414-486-1152 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST)

The picture to the right is from the Potpourri, an organization to which Nonco belonged when he attended the State Normal School.  He was 21 years old at the time.  Nonco is not identified in the picture but CLICK HERE to read where he is listed as a member of the Apostleship of Prayer.
CLICK HERE to see the listing of Nonco
as a member of the Apostleship of Prayer in 1909.

The Foundation is grateful for the help of Dr. Florent Hardy, Jr., PhD., State Archivist and Director, Louisiana State Archives, who provided the following which he obtained from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. In the following document entitled Apostleship of Prayer, Auguste Pelafigue is listed as a member. The group photograph which follows is of the Apostleship of Prayer members.  Auguste Pelafigue is not identified but is listed.

Auguste "Nonco" Pelafigue and the League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Apostleship of Prayer

As a promoter of the Apostleship of Prayer, Auguste "Nonco" Pelafigue left an imprint on the shoulder of the dirt and gravel roads he traveled.  Every month he walked the byway to surrounding towns in order to deliver  to different households the Monthly Sacred Heart Leaflets which contained the Holy Father's Prayer Intention for the month.

On these monthly journeys, he could be easily spotted as he dragged his heels leaving a small trail of dust encircling the air about him. There was always someone to offer him a ride, but he politely declined. It was his way of doing penance, offering each step for the conversion of souls and for the poor souls in purgatory. He traveled country roads in this manner in his service to God.

He walked countless times, rain or shine, to attend daily Mass. On Feast Days, and on Sundays, he attended every Mass that was offered that day. For every novena, and every mission, he was always present.  On Holy Thursday, he spent most of his day praying before the Blessed Sacrament.  He followed the Way of the Cross in the footsteps and imitation of Christ.  Many have acclaimed him as a "modern-day apostle," "a living saint" of our time.


The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a symbol and the seat of the tremendous love of God for His creatures, and His desire to save them.  To those who seek to love Him in return, and repair to His Sacred Heart for the coldness, indifference and outrages of mankind, Our Lord made these great promises:

    I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

    I will give peace to their families

    I will console them in all their troubles.

    They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life, and especially at the hour of death.

    Tepid souls shall become fervent.

    Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and an infinite ocean of mercy.

    I will bless the homes in which the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.

    Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.

    I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

    Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written on My Heart never to be effaced.

    I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

I promise thee, in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all powerful love will grant to all who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of every month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance, and they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments, and My Heart shall be their secure refuge at that last hours.

Our Lord has poured forth the love of His Sacred Heart, and He pleads for our own love, yours and mine.  "Give your faithful love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in return." We can do no less.


From:  ONE HUNDRED YEARS if the UPPER TECHE, page 34.
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