|Lawrence Earl Gauthreaux was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, the third of six children of Paul Edward Gauthreaux, Sr. and Mabel Agnes Chriss. He was educated in Plaquemine from 1936 until High School Graduation in 1947, and at St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, La. From 1947 until 1950. He then entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans where he studied until 1956.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1956 by Bishop L. Abel Caillouet in St. Louis Cathedral. Father Gauthreaux served as Associate Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, Houma, Louisiana, from 1956 until 1960 Archbishop Joseph Rummel sent him to the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., to study Canon Law.
Upon completion of his studies he returned to New Orleans in 1962 with a Licentiate in Canon Law.He was then assigned to St. Leo the Great Church and served there until 1965; Subsequently he served at St. Catherine of Siena, Metairie, La., 1965-1967 and St. Mary Magdalene, Metairie, La., 1967-1968.
On June 1, 1968 Father Gauthreaux was appointed Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church, New Orleans, La.Father Gauthreaux was named a prelate of honor by Pope Paul VI on April 12, 1975 with the title Monsignor. Monsignor Gauthreaux served as Executive Secretary and Judge of the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, 1962-1967; Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal, 1967-1996; and Judicial vicar of the Appellate Court for the provinces of New Orleans and Mobile, 1983-1996; and presently serves as a judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal.
He was professor of Pastoral Theology, Notre Dame Seminary, 1964-1966, and professor of Canon Law, Notre Dame Seminary, 1966-1996. He was Dean of the City Park Deanery for six years and has also served on the Priests' Council for the Archdiocese for nine years.