Fr. Louis Kemayou is the pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Barren Spot, St. Croix. He was installed by His Excellency, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard on February 8, 2015.
Fr. Louis was born on May 10, 1965 in Bafoussam, Cameroon, Africa to Mr. Edmond Koupie and Bernadette Yadjia. He is the eighth of ten children, five boys and five girls. Seven of them are still alive. He attended the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Yaounde. After his promotion from primary school, he went to the High School Public College, which comprised of the middle school in Eseka where he obtained his BEPC diploma. From there he proceeded to the High School in Bafoussam, where he obtained his “probatoire” diploma in Science and his Baccalaureate in Science “D”. He studied biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics. Fr. Louis speaks three languages - French, Spanish, and English.
From an early age, he decided that he wanted to serve in the Lord’s vineyard as a Roman Catholic Priest. He entered the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Yaounde in October 1985. At the Seminary, he studied philosophy for two years, did pastoral work for one year as a professor and assistant principal at the Minor Seminary of Doume, and studied theology for four years. He graduated with a Masters in Divinity. On July 4, 1992, he was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend Pierre Augustin Tchouanga, Bishop of Doume- Abong’Mbang, who immediately assigned him Rector of the Minor Seminary of Doume and Pastor of St. Paul Parish of Koum.
Because of some inconstancies, the Pastor of Christ the King Parish left that parish two days after his ordination and the newly ordained priest, Fr. Louis, was named administrator of the Christ the King Parish, his hometown parish in 24 Tsinga-Yaounde. Soon after this, he took up his assignment as both Rector and Pastor. He held these two positions concurrently for four years. He was twenty-seven years old.
In 1996, he became pastor of the Messamena, and the Episcopal Vicar of the region that comprises Essiembot, Messamena, and Atock, until June 1999. That same year, he was appointed a lecturer at the formation House of the Benedictine Monastery in Yaounde. He served in that capacity until September 2001.
Upon the invitation of the Most Reverend Bishop George Murry and Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, Rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, he accepted the invitation and the possibility to be incardinated into the Diocese of the United States Virgin Islands. Fr. Kemayou came to the US Virgin Islands on September 21,2001 as a priest of the Diocese of Doune Abong’Mbang in his native Cameroon, Africa. By excardination from that diocese and incardina- tion into his new diocese, Fr. Kemayou officially became a priest of his new diocese, under the jurisdiction of Bishop Murry and his successors on April 11, 2006.
After his arrival in the VI, Fr. Louis was named associate pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral. He served for two years with Fr. Jerome from 2001 to 2003. On March 3, 2003, he became the associate pastor of St. Ann’s Church up to 2006. On January 1,2007, he was installed as the Pastor of St. Joseph’s Church until 2009. He was transferred to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in St. John effective December 20, 2009.
By February 2012, Fr. Louis was back at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral overseeing the restoration of the Cathedral and performing other duties. He was director of both Family Life Ministries and the Legion of Mary.
When Monsignor Michael F. Kosak retired from active ministry, Fr. Louis was called upon to be the administrator of St. Ann’s Parish. He took up this mantle in 2014 and was installed as pastor of St. Ann’s on February 8, 2015.