Rev. Chester Charles Arceneaux is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He was born on September 26, 1960, to Nellie Hebert and Sosthene Arceneaux. He has three sisters, Ms. Charlotte Arceneaux, Ms. Madeleine Arceneaux, and Mrs. Samantha Marine (wife of Kearney Marine), and one brother, Mr. John Arceneaux. He is the proud uncle of two nephews, Jean-Pierre Marine and Jacques-Francois Marine.
Father Arceneaux began his studies at Saint Joseph Abbey Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana, at which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1987. In 1992, he earned a Master of Arts in Divinity from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Father Arceneaux was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Lafayette on June 13, 1992, and has continued his ministry in Louisiana since that time. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Abbeville for approximately 18 months, then served as pastor where he remained until 2002. He served as pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Church in Lafayette until 2010, after which he became pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, where he remains in service today.
As Father Arceneaux’s ministry progressed, he has served as Vicar for Black Catholic Ministries, Chaplain to the Bishop’s Opus Christi Magnum, Diocesan Council of Priests, Saint Thomas More Catholic High Board of Pastors, Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation Board, Chairman of the Clergy Personnel Board, and most recently has been assigned as Dean of the Central Deanery, along with many social, communal and spiritual ministries throughout this area.