Erath 4th of July Celebration

2018 Grand Marshal

Fr. Gayle Nunex and Monsignor Charles Dubois


            The Erath 4th of July Association has selected Father Gayle Nunez and Monsignor Charles Dubois to serve as Grand Marshals of the 82nd Erath 4th of July Celebration.  Nunez and Dubois are the only two Erath natives to become priest in the town’s 119-year history.  Both men were ordained in 1964 and are now retired.  They will reign over the grand parade that will roll through the streets of Erath on July 4th at 5:00 PM.

Father Gayle Nunez

Father Albert Gayle Nunez was born on August 25, 1937.  He is the son of Curly and Ades Mae (Broussard) Nunez.  He has one brother, Norman Nunez (who is deceased); and two sisters, Brendalyn Nunez Pickett and Sherry Nunez Melancon.  The Nunez family lived in Gross Isle, where he grew up on the family farm.  One of his fondest childhood memories is crossing the dew-covered grass in the early morning to get to his grandmother’s kitchen, to sip his coffee milk with her.  Father Nunez graduated from Erath High School in 1955.  He then attended USL for two years, and then entered the seminary during the late 1950s.  He was ordained a priest on June 6, 1964, becoming the first Erath native to ever be ordained a priest.  His celebrated his first mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on June 7, 1964.

Father Nunez was a priest for the Diocese of Lafayette and served as pastor at numerous church parishes.  He was pastor of the historic Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, Louisiana.  In 2011, the historic church was completely demolished by fire.  Father Nunez oversaw the effort to rebuild the church with detail to historic accuracy.  The new church is nearly identical to the historic building.  Father Nunez celebrated 50 years in the priesthood in 2014 and retired on July 2, 2017. 

Monsignor Charles Dubois

Monsignor Charles Dubois was born on November 5, 1939.  He is the son of the late Simon and Regina (Brown) Dubois.  He has two older brothers, Andre and Richard Dubois.  Monsignor Dubois, known as “Charlie” as a child, was known as a happy child with a great sense of humor.  Memories of his childhood are full of sweet memories of humorous, playful and mildly mischievous ventures that, still today, seem to bring a gleam to the eyes of those who love him.  Whether you met a young “Charlie” or “Monsignor Dubois”, he seems to remain in your hearts forever, attached to a story and of course, a smile.

Monsignor Dubois graduated from Erath High School in 1957.  He furthered his studies by attending Immaculata Seminary College in Lafayette and Notre Dame in New Orleans.  He was ordained a deacon at the same mass Father Nunez was ordained a priest.  Later that year, Monsignor Dubois was ordained a priest December 19, 1964, becoming the second Erath native to become a priest.  He celebrated his first mass on December 20, 1964, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Monsignor Dubois began his priesthood as a priest with the Diocese of Lafayette.  He became a priest with the Diocese of Lake Charles when it was formed in 1980.  Monsignor Dubois celebrated a half century of priesthood on December 19, 2014.  He retired that year. 

            Father Nunez and Monsignor Dubois both have a special place in the hearts of Erath residents.  They have served as an inspiration to generations of Erath residents.  As the Diocese of Lafayette celebrates its centennial and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Erath celebrates its 90th year, it is only fitting that we honor both men for their dedication to service.

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