Thirty years ago, a retired couple who lived on Blind River in St. James Parish decided that their isolated wilderness needed its own place of worship. It started with one woman's divine vision. FOX 8's Dave McNamara takes us on a boat ride to Our Lady of Blind River in tonight's Heart of Louisiana.
The Blind River twists its way through the forested swamps that drain into Lake Maurepas. It's home to weekend boaters and those who prefer the isolation of camps accessible only by boat.
"When he retired from Kaiser, he decided he wanted to live on the river, so they came and moved on the river," Hymel said. "They lived here for 24 years."
But one thing was missing for Martha.
"She is a very faithful woman, very spiritual woman, and she always wanted a little place to pray," Hymel said.
Martha got her place to pray, next door to her home on Blind River.
"And one night she had a vision of Jesus kneeling by the rock," Hymel recalled. "And she told my dad, she said, ‘I had a vision of Jesus kneeling by the rock.' And she said, ‘I think he's trying to tell me something - upon this rock you shall build a church.'"
So with the help of about three dozen friends and six months of hard labor, they built that church and named it Our Lady of Blind River.