Breaux Du Monde

"La Journal Breaux"- Newsletter - June 2015

Nouvelle Breaux du Monde

La Famille Breaux du Monde Association

A newsletter for all Breaux – Breau– Brault – Breault – Braud –Brot – Brow – Brough June, 2015

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250th Anniversary of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church 1765 - 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. Mass – Church Rededication

Bishop Michael Jarrell, D. D. will preside over a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating the 171st anniversary of the original dedication of the current church building.  This ceremony continues the year long celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Church Parish of Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church in Saint Martinville, Louisiana.  The Mass, which is open to all Church parishioners, visitors and guests, will begin at 7pm in St. Martin de Tours Church.

For additional information about the church, including its history, visit their web site:

250th Anniversary of Acadians’ arrival & Grand Reveil Acadien

Great Acadian Awakening [GRA2014] activities are being planned from October 3–12, 2015 throughout south Louisiana.


Breaux family gathering

"Save the Date"–Saturday, October 10, 2015. In conjunction with Grand Reveil Acadien [GRA2015] Breaux du Monde Association is working on a schedule of events for a family gathering in Breaux Bridge. Please plan to join us to meet cousins and learn more about our genealogy.

Breaux du Monde T-Shirt: A t-shirt has been designed and will be available soon for pre-paid orders. Details will be forthcoming.  (See July Newsletter)

Microtel Inn & Suites, 2880 Reese Street Extension, Breaux Bridge is offering a discount rate for Breaux family members for GRA2015. Call 337/332-0432 and mention "Breaux Family Reunion" to get a special rate.

Show Acadian Pride!!

The New Acadia Project is selling 24"x18" plastic yard signs in preparation for Le Grand Reveil Acadie, fall of 2015. The sign can be ordered with any "Family Name" in place on the banner. The cost of the sign with "H" wire yard stand is $22.00 per sign. All profits will support the New Acadia Project [NAP].

Orders must be placed by June 15, 2015. Email for a copy of the order form.

For more about the New Acadia Project:

Acadian in Gray

by Marie Louise Braud Gerac

Ernest Augustin Braud was my great grandfather. Known to the family as "Grandpa Mock," he was born on May 13, 1834 in St. James Parish, Louisiana. His parents were Paul Emilien Braud and Henriette LeBlanc. The family moved to Ascension Parish by the 1850’s. At the start of the Civil War, Ernest Braud was among the original enlistees in the Louisiana 1st Cavalry. He served in Company ‘H’ as a regimental waggoneer. After basic training at Camp Moore, the 1st Cavalry gathered at Baton Rouge and left by boat for Memphis and the war. The 1st Calvary literally was everywhere: Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and back to Louisiana. Grandpa Mock was with his company for all four years of the war. He was never wounded in battle, but in the closing days of the war he was injured when he was run over by his own wagon and kicked in the head by his own mule. This information was found on his Civil War Pension application.

Ernest Braud's war came to an end when General Richard Taylor surrendered his Army, which included the Louisiana 1st Cavalry, to Major General E.R.S. Canby on May 5, 1865 at Citronelle, Alabama. The surrendered and defeated were marched to Gainesville, Alabama. They remained prisoners for eight days. On May 12, 1865 they were given a final parole and told to go home. How Grandpa Mock got home to Cornerview Road in Gonzales is anybody's guess, but he did. He celebrated his 31st birthday on May 13, 1865. That was 150 years ago this month!

NOTE: Acadians in Gray is a great site to search for Civil War ancestors and find excellent family histories. Marie Louise is descended from Vincent Brault’s eighth child Jean Breau, and she also has lineage from Firmin Breaux who was descended from Vincent’s seventh child Franocis

Marie Louise Braud Gerac grew up in Gonzales. She and her husband Lyle live in The Woodlands, TX.

Lots of opportunities to converse in French!

If you are interested in speaking French with others, check out "French Tables" in your area. Chances are a group is meeting somewhere near you.

Alliance Francaise de Lafayette

The Alliance Française is an international network of 1100 chapters in more than 132 countries. 141 chapters exist in the United States only. The Alliance was created in Paris in 1883 to promote French language and culture throughout the world. The members of the Bureau of the first chapter included illustrious personages such as the writers Jules Verne and Ernest Renan, Louis Pasteur, the diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, and the Publisher Armand Colin.

Nunu’s, Arnaudville, LA

Last Saturday of the month – 9 a.m.-noon, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics and group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost. [Even though Mavis Fruge’s home burned recently, La Table Francaise will be held on Saturday, May 30 as scheduled.]

Breaux du Monde officer James Bourque recently offered sites around Lafayette that host "French tables", including Southside Poboys on Verot School Road, and Emeritus Nursing Home, 215 W. Farrell Rd. Lafayette, LA. There are also "tables" in Rayne and Abbeville. When you’re in the area, check with either James Bourque or Calice Breaux for possible French tables! [Note their emails under officer listing.]

FACEBOOK: If you are on Facebook, check out Cajun French Virtual Table Francaise for fun banter among followers. Communications are in English and in French with a Cajun French word or expression of the day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

National Day of Remembrance

Acadian Memorial

St. Martinville, LA

Events from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"…the Acadian Memorial will host a special program in recognition of the Day of Remembrance. The significance of this date is two-fold. On July 28, 1755, British Governor Charles Lawrence signed the deportation order, which set in motion Le Grand Dérangement or the Great Upheaval. The Acadians were exiled from their homeland of l’Acadie, and from 1755 until 1763, an estimated third of their population perished as a result. While many of the Acadians eventually found their way to Louisiana and reestablished a community, their descendants remained a people in exile until 2003, when Queen Elizabeth II signed a Royal Proclamation. This Proclamation stated July 28th is the official day in which the world will remember the Acadians’ suffering as a result of Le Grand Dérangement and their subsequent exile."

[See the Acadian Memorial web site for additional details.

July 28, 2015 – year end 2015

Acadian Memorial

10:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. 7 days a week

St. Martinville, LA

Celebrating 250 years of  Acadian presence in the Opelousas and Attakapas Districts, journey through historical documents from the Grand Pré registers at the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the earliest documents of the Acadians from St. Martin de Tours, the parish courthouse, and other significant documents.


Heroes of the Acadian Resistance, The Story of Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette, 1702-1765, Dianne Marshall, Formac Publishing Company Limited, Halifax, 2011.

In view of the anniversary of the Acadian’s arrival in the St. Martinville area, this book is of particular interest.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

National Day of the Acadians

Acadian Memorial

St. Martinville, LA

There will be events throughout the day beginning at 9:00 a.m.

For over 130 years August 15 has been celebrated as the National Day of the Acadians.

In 1881 the first National Acadian Convention was held in Memramcook, New Brunswick. The group gathered to discuss issues, such as agriculture, pertaining to the Acadians. At that convention, August 15 – the Feast of the Assumption – was chosen as the national holiday to celebrate Acadian culture. A tintamarre is usually part of this day of celebration.

[Per Wikipedia: Tintamarre is an Acadian tradition of marching through one's community making noise with improvised instruments and other noisemakers, usually in celebration of National Acadian Day. The term originates from the Acadian French word meaning "clangour" or "din". The practice is intended to demonstrate the vitality and solidarity of Acadian society, and to remind others of the presence of Acadians. It originated in the mid-twentieth century, likely inspired by an ancient French folk custom.]

Other ways to show Acadian/Cajun pride:

"I’m Cajun…..and Proud!"

LOUISIANA LICENSE PLATE: You don’t have to wait until your current plate expires. Credit will be issued for unused time. An extra fee is required for this plate; that fee goes to CODOFIL. Contact the DMV for details.

"I’m a Cajun"

LOUISIANA DRIVER’S LICENSE: When your driver’s license is renewed you can request this designation under your photograph. There is an extra fee required; that fee goes to CODOFIL.


Newsletter of the Acadian Museum

203 S. Broadway, Erath, Louisiana

By: Chairman Warren A. Perrin

Acadian Heritage and Culture Foundation, Inc.

To receive this informative monthly newsletter, email

Planning ahead:

Congres Mondial Acadien 2019

Moncton and Prince Edward Island

[Note: CMA2019 Facebook page.]

Genealogy assistance:

What is your BREAUX lineage?


Let us assist you trace your Breaux family lineage. Contact and we’ll help!!!!

Other contacts for assistance are:

Calice Breaux

Paul LeBlanc

Robert Brault

Breaux du Monde Association

The Breaux du Monde Association was originally formed prior to the 1999 Congres Mondial held in Louisiana. The Great Acadian Awakening in October, 2011 was an opportunity to revitalize the Breaux du Monde Association.


Dues are $10 per family. Checks should be made payable to "Breaux du Monde Association" and mailed to Gayle Breaux Smith, 7251 Palmetto Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

2015 Breaux du Monde Officers:

President: Gayle Breaux Smith
7251 Palmetto Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 225/766-8970

Vice President: Daniel (Dan) Breaux
4027 St. Joseph St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: 337/540-231

Secretary: Calice Breaux
7300 Landry Rd., Duson, LA 70529
Phone: 337/334-3747

Treasurer: Roy Breaux
102 Hagan Rd., Youngsville, LA 70592
Phone: 337/856-0082

Board members:
Bercie Breaux Alleman,
P. O. Box 142, Duson, LA

James Bourque,
1340 Détente Rd., Youngsville, LA 70592

Chad Breaux, Lafayette, LA
413 N. Locksley Dr., Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: 337/233-1657

Gloria Breaux Sanchez
P. O. Box 552, Duson, LA 70529
Phone: 337/277-9107

Breaux du Monde Contacts:


Facebook Group: Breaux du Monde

Please share this newsletter with your Breaux family contacts and friends. From time to time postings will also be made on the Breaux du Monde Facebook Group.

Please free to contact any officer for information.