St. Michael the Archangel in Convent is one of the oldest parishes in South Louisiana. The parish traces its beginnings to the early 1800s, five years before Louisiana became the eighteenth state of the Union. The church was built in the Roman and Gothic style, known at the time as Anse de Panier, French for basket handle. The church’s famous Lourdes Grotto was constructed in 1876, only 18 years after the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to St. Bernadette Soubirous.
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