Charlene Marie Richard (January 13, 1947 – August 11, 1959) was a twelve-year-old Roman Catholic Cajun girl from Richard, Louisiana, (30°25′18″N 92°18′46″W) in the United States. She has become the focus of a popular belief that she is a saint—a person who is in heaven—who has performed a number of miracles. Local Catholic clergy and diocesan officials permitted, promoted, and participated in the popular veneration of Richard for years prior to her being named a Servant of God, the first step in the canonization process. In January 2020, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette officially opened the cause of Richard’s sainthood during a Saturday mass at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette, along with a local religious figure, an Arnaudville teacher and evangelist Auguste Nonco Pelafigue. Following the mass, Richard and Pelafigue were officially named “Servant of God”, the first step in sainthood.