YOU were made for relationship. Unfortunately we are all broken through sin. In the fullness of time, God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to repair that relationship and bring us back to life. Through prayer, the Sacraments, and relationship with Jesus, we can all begin to live this eternity now. (Acts 2:42)
“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (Jn 17:3) “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:3-4) “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:12) – than the name of JESUS.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Prologue
CTK exists so that we can be a family on mission forming lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ and His Church.
History of CTK
“When Louisiana State University moved to its current location in 1928, the spiritual needs of Catholic students and staff were met by St Thomas Aquinas Mission. Originally part of St. Agnes Parish, the mission was transferred to St Joseph Parish in order to form a Catholic Student Center….The first Catholic Mass celebrated on the “new” LSU campus took place on October 13, 1929, in the Agriculture Hall.…The cornerstone was laid in December 1939 and the Chapel of Christ the King was officially dedicated in 1940….By the 1950s, the facilities had grown too small. The church was expanded and remodeled with a new Catholic Student Center….Christ the King became a parish in 1980….In 1998 an extensive demolition, renovation, and rebuilding took place….The new church, dedicated in 2000, stands as a landmark on LSU’s campus today.”
– Excerpts from Fr. Than N. Vu’s Letter as Pastor
Portiuncula Adoration Chapel
The Portiuncula Adoration Chapel was opened officially for public use in 2019. It is modeled after the original Portiuncula Chapel in Assisi, that St. Francis built stone by stone when he heard the Lord say to him, “rebuild my Church”. This chapel at Christ the King has relics of St. Francis and St. Clare, and we ask for their intercession as we become the living stones that rebuild the Church on LSU’s Campus. Please stop by to pray any time the Chapel is open.
Location & Parking on LSU’s Campus
Christ the King’s main church building is located on the corner of Dalrymple Drive facing Highland Road across from the LSU Visitor’s Center. Behind the main church building is the smaller Administrative building and CTK Office.
The gated lot behind Christ the King is available during office hours for Christ the King staff and appointments only. Students should refer to the LSU Parking & Transportation Office for their parking options on campus. Visitors may park off campus near Chimes Street or in LSU’s metered parking zones at the Welcome Center or Union Square Garage. LSU Greek, Law, and X lots near CTK are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays and after 4:30pm on weekdays. For more information about LSU Visitor parking, click here and for LSU Parking and Transportation rules and regulations, click here.
Layout of Christ the King Center & Buildings
From I-10 West
- Dalrymple Drive (Exit 156B)
- Turn right onto Dalrymple Drive
- Christ the King is located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road (1 mile from the exit)
From I-10 East
- South Acadian Thruway (Exit 157B)
- Turn Left onto S Acadian Thruway (turns into Stanford Drive)
- Right lane merges into West Lakeshore Drive and left lane turns into LSU Avenue. Either lane will eventually intersect with Highland Road
- Turn right onto Highland Road
- Christ the King is located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road (2.5-3 miles from the exit)
From Tiger Stadium
- Taking N Stadium Drive away from Nicholson will approach a traffic circle. Turn Left and the road will turn into Dalrymple Drive
- Taking S Stadium Drive away from Nicholson Drive will intersect with Highland Road. Turn Left onto Highland Road.
- Christ the King is located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road (1 mile from Tiger Stadium)