March, 2015 Trahan Family Assoc. Newsletter:
We are now well into the year 2015, thankful
that we do not have the viscous weather that the Northern States have
been having, although the rain is beginning to be a little too much.
This year the Trahan Family Assoc. will again
be participating in the GRA 2015 (The Great Acadian Awakening) October
3-12, 2015 to be held in several locals in our Acadian Country of South
Louisiana. Please go to the website:
and learn of all the activities being planned, including a French Mass
as was held in the GRA2011. Again the Trahan Family Assoc. will have a
table with genealogy guru, Mitch Conover, manning his computer. In 2011
there were 20 families with such tables in the Conference Center, Cajun
Dome, in Lafayette, La. Due to the declining interest by our fellow
Acadians in preserving the culture, or being too busy with other
endeavors-kids in school activities, football, soccer, band, etc. the
participation seems to be declining. I remember for the CMA 1999 held in
Louisiana, 42 families were organized and participated in many of the
activities, especially having large family reunions in their respective
area of Acadiana.
An excellent article appeared in the local
newspaper, Abbeville Meridional, on Sunday, May 25, 2003 that expresses
what I am trying to convey. It was written by Fr. Mitchell Guidry,
Pastor in Gueydan, La. Fr. Guidry’s article is reproduced in part here:
"The Acadians, as is widely known, were
forcibly removed from their homes in the Canadian maritime provinces by
their English governors for two reasons: They were French and they were
"All the Acadians would have to have done in
order to stay in their colony of Acadie, now known as Nova Scotia, was
to take an oath swearing allegiance to the Crown of England and
renouncing their Catholic faith. It was quite clear that the English had
a particular plan in mind: "erase their French language and culture and
their Catholic religion and make them one of us (the English)."
Fr. Guidry continues: "I write this because I
am disturbed by the fact that what the English could not do to our
Acadian ancestors, we, their descendants, are doing to ourselves. It
saddens me to see so many young couples with French Acadian family
names, names that we can assume are or once were Catholic, marrying
outside the Catholic Church by judges, ministers, or whoever.
"We no longer tell the old stories, sing the
old songs, have the same close families, or worship in the one true
"The French language has given way to English,
the traditional music to country, rock, or rap, our good home cooked
Cajun meals to fast food.
"Wake up South Louisiana! The more we become
like the rest of America, the more we lose our unique identity!
That being said, won’t you do your part in keeping our Acadian Culture?
If you speak French, teach your children, grandchildren this beautiful
language. Since the evolution of CODFIL (Conseil
pour le developpement du Français en Louisiane) an outstanding
job of teaching French in some schools, while other schools, or
parishes, are adamantly opposed to this curriculum. They always site
budget problems, but is that the only reason?
The Trahan Family Assoc. had discontinued
collecting dues because the Treasury was sufficient to pay the needs for
a few years. Those years are now past, and we again asking for members
to renew their membership. A membership form is enclosed, or if you are
receiving this by e-mail, one is attached.
Our last meeting was on Feb. 14, 2015 and was
fairly well attended. We look forward to have the next meeting sometimes
in late August or early September to give the final info on the upcoming
Several of our members made the trip to Maine
and New Brunswick for the CMA2014. It was a well planned Congrè, large
participation, great programming and some very severe weather at times.
But that did not drown the enthusiasm. Our Louisiana Tent was inundated
with at least an inch of water on the plywood floor after a real
cloudburst. All electric gear on floors had to be raised to prevent
Most of the combined action was in Grand
Falls, N. B., but the Leger/Trahan reunion was in St. Jacque, N.B. Very
few Trahan’s attended, but it was well planned, and I was very glad to
have attended. The local priest said Mass at the reunion site, the
Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Jacque. His church was beautifully
decorated in the Acadian Tri-Colors, as well as many homes in the
What struck me, about the activities in Grand
Falls was that the Louisiana Delegation and the Louisiana tent had
usually twice or three times more people from all over, Canada, Europe,
etc. than the other tents put up by other localities-Quebec, Montreal,
Canada as a whole, etc. Even the Acadian chefs were inundated for their
offerings-jambalaya being the most sought after.
Our efforts to have an upcoming "Congrè
Mondial Acadian" here in Louisiana is just about a lost cause. We are
unable to secure the enormous funding needed to put on such an affair.
The Canadian governments-National, Provincial, Local, as well as
Corporate and Private donors, came up with millions of dollars, that is
plural, to host such events. The next, CMA2019, will be in Eastern New
Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Already they are on record to outdo
the last one in Aug. 2014. They will have a tough time, but they are
What is so impressive is the great lengths the
Acadians from the area we were in, in August 2014, to decorate homes,
shops, businesses, churches, streets, tractors, bicycles in the Acadian
Tri Colors. Of course each family organization, that is willing to have
functions, are awarded a goodly sum of money by the CMA Council actually
really funded by the government.
So in closing, I am making a plea: Won’t you
please do your part in keeping and/or reviving our Acadian Culture?
By: Loubert G. Trahan, President, Trahan