Clarence J. "CJ" and Florine Bourque Robin's Sacred Heart image. When Florine read Seola Arnaud Edwards' essay about Nonco, she scanned her family picture from Nonco and sent it in. Thank you, Florine.
Nonco delivered this leaflet to Mathilde Stelly (Mrs. Walter) Bourque and she graciously shared it with the Nonco Foundation. In 2016, Mathilde is still a member of the Apostleship of Prayer at J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home.
Nonco's First Apostleship of Prayer, Leauge of the Sacred Heart Group
Nonco was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He walked the streets of Arnaudville and the surrounding area delivering leaflets of the Apostleship of Prayer like the ones pictured below.
Nonco died on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 6, 1977.
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. He is one of the students in the photograph to the right and you can see his name in the listing from the school newspaper, "The Potpourri."
Nonco continued his ministry in the League of the Sacred Heart Apostleship of Prayer under six Popes.
Apostleship of Prayer, Nonco Group
Although Nonco died in 1977, his work in the Apostleship of Prayer and dovotionn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus continues.
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.
The Apostleship of Prayer Leaflets have changed over the years. We collect old leaflets. If you should have one that you would like to share, just give us a call: 337-523-5832. We can scan them and return the leaflets to you.
To become a member of the Apostleship of Prayer and to learn more, click on the following link:
The Foundation is grateful for the help of Florent Hardy, Jr., PhD., State Archivist and Director, Louisiana State Archives, who provided the above picture which he obtained from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. In the above document entitled Apostleship of Prayer, Auguste Pelafigue is listed as a member. The group photograph is of the Apostleship of Prayer members. Auguste Pelafigue is not identified in the photograph but is listed in the Apostleship of Prayer member roster.