Ste. Luce Catholic Church of Frenchville, Maine

Ste. Luce Catholic Church of Frenchville, Maine

What to see when you visit Ste. Luce Catholic Church in Frenchville, Maine

Suppose you’re looking to travel along the St. John River/Fish River National Scenic Byway in Aroostook County, Maine. In that case, we recommend making time to see the historically significant St. Luce Catholic Church in Frenchville. Initially constructed in 1843, the church has undergone many different renovations and served as both an English-speaking and french-speaking chapel over the years, but it still stands today as one of the most important buildings in Aroostook County’s culture and history. Here are some fun facts about Ste. Luce Catholic Church that you can learn on your next trip to Frenchville!

At a Glance

St. Luce Church is one of twelve historically registered places of worship within Maine’s Aroostook County, making it one of many spots travelers can discover along Aroostook County’s Scenic Byway route through Northern Maine. The church is located in Frenchville near Fort Kent and has been there since 1843.

The History

Dating back to 1843-1844, St. Luce was once a chapel built by its first pastor Father Henri Dionne and burned after its steeple was struck by lightning in 1889. A second church was built and consequently burned down when a convent fire spread to the church. The third and final church was built in 1907-1908.

Visitors Center

You can learn more about the church and Aroostook County from exhibits and displays. Visitors can view cemetery plot maps to search for ancestors and a gift shop on the premise has souvenirs and religious merchandise for purchase.

Things to Do

The exterior of Ste. Luce is undeniably stunning: The tri-colored beige tones were created to resemble the colors of the original church. The striking blue-colored ceiling is accentuated y the oversized chandeliers. If you don’t have time for a tour (or it's not open), there are still many things to do nearby. Pack a picnic and take a stroll along the St. John River, or check out some local artisans at one of the local shops.