Madonna Chapel hosts Annual Mass Aug. 15

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BAYOU GOULA – The Madonna Chapel, the smallest church in the world, will host its annual mass Aug. 15 in celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

The original chapel was built with lumber donated by area residents on land donated by Anthony Gullo in 1903. The church was built as a tribute to the Blessed Mother, and is only eight feet square.

It is said that when the eldest son of Anthony Gullo, a poor, local Italian sugar farmer, became seriously ill, the father pledged a chapel to the Madonna if the boy recovered. He did recover, and he kept his promise.

Robert Ripley brought the chapel additional fame when he featured it in "Believe It or Not."

The church only has room inside during services for a Priest and two altar boys. Many people throughout the world visit the chapel and are amazed at its size.

The family of Anthony Gullo now reside in Rockfort, Ill.

Several caretakers of the church have been Ostino Cashio, Rita Zito and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Roppollo.

The church is open every day.