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1821 Academy Road,
Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Property Description

The formal gardens and oaks provide a gracious setting for the Academy. Founded in 1821, it is the oldest school in Acadiana and the second-oldest school in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. The main building houses the Shrine of St. John Berchmans where Mary Wilson was miraculously cured by then Blessed John Berchmans. It is now the only miracle recognized by the Catholic church in the United States. The new boy's school is named in St. John Berchmans honor. Founded under the direction of Saint Philippine Duchesne, the Academy has remained in continuous operation through fire, epidemic and war.

Monday-Friday 9am-2pm by appointment only

  • Walking Tours
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Group Discount
Facility Amenities
  • Bus Parking
Guest Information
  • Family Friendly
  • Meeting/Tour groups welcome
  • Reservations Required
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages