Father Andrew Souby was known as a pioneer to the Catholics along the bayous of St. Mary Parish. He was the pastor in Morgan City as well as Amelia. He was greatly beloved and remembered to this day.
I thought Father Souby baptized my mother. He didn’t since he died in 1938. Maybe he married my grandparents. Regardless, I’ve heard his name my entire life even though he died long, long, long before I was born.
In 1971, “The Daily Review” of Morgan City wrote about Father Souby. I’ll share from the writeup:
Father Souby was born in New Orleans on Oct. 21, 1871. He studied the classics and philosophy at Jesuit College and graduated with the highest honors of his graduation year.
The year of his graduation also marked the year of his trip to Italy, where he studied theological studies. He was ordained in 1894 by the archbishop of Genoa.
Father Souby’s first church was in Baton Rouge. By 1894, he was assigned to Morgan City.
Four years later, he headed to Bayou Boeuf and Amelia, where he would remain for years and earn the respect of his parishioners.
Margaret Mary Songe wrote the newspaper a remembrance about Father Souby.
Margaret Mary was the daughter of Ouralien and Alice Duplantis Songe. The Songes settled in Morgan City as a young married couple and soon welcomed their first child. Unfortunately, the child died as an infant.
The only means of getting the baby’s body to the cemetery was via a railway box car. Ouralien Songe got into the box car for the journey. To his surprise, Father Souby joined him for the heartbreaking trip to the cemetery.
Margaret Mary remembered Father Souby as not just compassionate but also a faithful catechism teacher. He would visit his parishioners at their homes. He always stood on the doorstep with his hat in his hand waiting for an invitation to come inside.