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Following the death of his grandmother while he was a Seminarian studying in Belgium, Lafayette-native Father Louis Richard spent a summer working at St. Christopher’s House near London with British physician Dr. Cicely Saunders. Dr. Saunders is considered the founder of the modern day Hospice movement, and it was there that Father Louie developed a deep commitment to care for the dying.

Returning home to Lafayette following his ordination, Father Louie met with other community leaders and, in 1983, helped establish Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. – a non-profit hospice committed to providing quality care at the end of life for all, regardless of their ability to pay for these services.

Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. remains the ONLY non-profit hospice in our area.  We have the longest record of continuous service of any hospice in Louisiana, and since our inception, we have served over 20,000 patients and their families.


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