PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Programs & Events

​Annual Nonco Memorial French Mass and Reception

Annually, in June, the Nonco Foundation hosts a Nonco Memorial French Mass where we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Nonco's Anniversary of his death and the Foundation's Anniversary.  In 2017, on June 25th, the Nonco Foundation was honored to have His Excellency, The Most Reverend Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette celebrate the Nonco Memorial French Mass.  Reverend Father Keenan Brown, Pastor of St. John Francis Regis Church in Arnaudville concelebrated the French Mass as this was Nonco's native language and the first language of many of the Arnaudville residents. A reception followed in the Little Flower Auditorium were Nonco's plays were held. The event was very well attended.  Prayer cards were distributed.  Thank you to all who attended.

The 2018 Nonco Memorial French Mass will be announced as soon as the schedule is fixed
Guest Speaker Series

One of the objectives of the Auguste "Nonco" Pelafigue Foundation is to hold community events promoting Auguste "Nonco" Pelafigue's contribution to the Arnaudville community which will benefit participants of all ages.

Dr. Florent Hardy Jr.


Our first Guest Speaker was Dr. Florent Hardy Jr., great nephew of Nonco.  The series started on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the KC Hall in Arnaudville.  Dr. Florent Hardy Jr., State Archivist and Director of Archival Services, Archives Division, of the Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office spoke about the free services provided by the Louisiana State Archives and the valuable resources available to Louisiana citizens. For example, people go there to research their family's ancestries to map out a family tree. Archives also have historical information for you to listen to (audio tapes) to read, or pictures to look at, i.e., birth and construction of the New Orleans Superdome, speeches from Earl Long, stories about Sheriff Cat Doucet, etc. 

Hardy earned a doctorate from the LSU College of Education in 1974. He is a member of the college’s Peabody Society Dean’s Circle and the Peabody Society Alumni & Friends Board. Dr. Hardy has received numerous awards. He was recently recognized in Archival Outlook January/February 2014, a publication by the Society of American Archivists. On April 8, 2011, he was honored by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation with their 2011 Education Award.


John E. Sturgis


Our second guest speaker was Arnaudville native John E. Sturgis, a 32 year veteran of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. While with LDWF, Department of Public Land Systems in the Wildlife Management Areas, he served from 1983 - 1997 as a biologist.  From 1997 - 2013, he worked with the Department's Education Section, serving as Education Program Coordinator.  Mr. Sturgis currently serves as Hunting Heritage Coordinator where he deals with recruitment and retention of hunters. He also works with the Archery in Louisiana Schools and Explore Bowhunting Programs. 
Annual Meetings

Our Annual Meetings are held on the first Thursday of December.  The public is invited to attend.
Memorial Prayer Garden​

The area between Melancon Funeral Home and Saint John Francis Regis Church, Arnaudville, Louisiana, is the location of the Memorial Prayer Garden. It is a work in progress and volunteers are needed.
The Apostleship of Prayer, League of the Sacred Heart
Nonco Group

On the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m., join us at the J. Michael Morrow Memorial Nursing Home.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The residents always inspire us. This group was started on February 6, 2014



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