Local pastor Rev. Louis Richard receives award for hospice work

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Received 2013 National Jefferson Award last month in Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:33pm

Local priest Rev. Louis Richard was recently recognized and awarded the Jefferson Award for his work in hospice care.  He was one of the founders of Hospice of Acadiana.  The Jefferson Award was created to award the ordinary person for his or her service, as a nobel prize for public service.

"Being recognized for the Jefferson Award was very humbling and also a little awkward because I feel I'm just one piece of a large picture, a beautiful picture," says Pastor Louis Richard, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Broussard.

Father Richard was a part of a group that started Hospice of Acadiana in 1983 with one employee and the rest volunteers.  It is celebrating it's thirtieth anniversary this year.  Father Richard attended a black tie event in Washington, D.C. to accept his award last month, where he was able to share his passion of his work with hospice care to the other recipients from across the United States.

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