Fr. Mayne enjoys his new home
St. Peter’s Catholic Church’s friendly new priest Father Kenneth Mayne stood outside of the Pine Prairie church waving to people as cars passed by.
After 21 years of sharing God’s love, including nearly a decade in Abbeville, Father Kenneth Mayne will continue serving the Lord, but in a new location.
The Opelousas-born man, will now be reaching people in the Pine Prairie community through his new position as priest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the small village.
Father Mayne, who began his service in Pine Prairie on July 1, 2015, finds delight in the “quiet” and “peaceful” community that is now his home. “I see trees of green, and pine cones too. God made it all for me and for you, and I think to myself what a wonderful world. Pine Prairie is a wonderful place,” Father Mayne said.
Mayne, who was a musician before becoming a man of the cloth, decided in his 40’s that he would begin a journey that would place him on a new stage to reach masses of people in a different way. Mayne said, “You know how people say that when you meet the right person you’ll know? Well, I finally understood what that meant when God called me to priest hood.”
Since following God’s call, Father Mayne has come to the realization that teaching others to live by the “golden rule” is his mission in this life. “The golden rule is to love your neighbor as yourself. Some people may think that they do not know how to love, but really we all know how to love because we have all experienced God’s grace and love,” Father Mayne said. “I want to show that love here.”
One place Father Mayne is intending to share the love that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians will be at this coming weekend’s Community Christmas event, which is hosted by 10 local churches and held at the Boggy Bayou Fair Grounds.
Father Mayne said, “I will get to narrate one night for Community Christmas which will be a perfect time to share a love that saves, with people.”
Although Father Mayne feels sadness over leaving the congregation he has served for the last nine-years at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Abbeville, but the man of God is excited about the change of scenery and new faces he will meet in Pine Prairie.
Father Mayne said, “I am happy to be here in Pine Prairie because it is always good for churches to gain different perspectives from priests. Having faith in God is a wonderful mystery because I didn’t know I would end up in Pine Prairie but I do know that showing others here a love that saves is my mission. Remember, Paul said, ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’”