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Academy and Convent of the Sacred Heart

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A magnificent avenue of pines and moss-hung oaks leads to the entrance of the first international branch of Sacred Heart schools (founded in 1821), and the site of the only Vatican-certified miracle to occur in the United States. The miracle occurred when nuns at the convent said novenas to St. John Berchmans, a 15th-century Jesuit priest, on behalf of Mary Wilson, a very ill novice. St. John Berchmans subsequently appeared to Mary twice, and she was suddenly and unexpectedly cured. St. John Berchmans was canonized in 1888. You may enter a shrine on the exact site of the miracle and (by appointment only) tour a museum with artifacts dating from the school's occupation by Union troops during the Civil War.

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  • Address: 1821 Academy Rd., end of Church St., Grand Coteau, LA, 70541 | Map It
  • Phone: 337/662–5275
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–3
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  • Location: Grand Coteau
Updated: 04-10-2014

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