Save the Date: Upcoming Vocation Events

March 8, 2017: Vocation Supper for Young Men with Bishop Deshotel.  Immaculata, 6:30 pm.

April 7 – 9, 2017:  Palm Sunday Come and See Vocation Retreat at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington.  Men, 16 years and older.  No cost.  Transportation provided from Lafayette.

May 27, 2017: Transitional Diaconate Ordination.  Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, 10 am.

June 1, 2017: Vocation Supper for Young Women with Bishop Deshotel.  Immaculata, 6:30 pm.

June 10, 2017: Priesthood Ordination.  Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, 10 am.

June 27 – 29, 2017: Quo Vadis Days Vocation Camp.

Four Lafayette Diocese Seminarians Installed into Ministry of Acolyte, October 22nd

Four Lafayette Diocese seminarians advanced to Ministry of Acolyte during a special Mass of Installation celebrated Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, conferred the ministry of acolyte on the following second-year theology students: Mathew Ardoin, Donald Bernard, Randy Courville and Sal Istre.



Mathew Ardoin, the son of Anne Braquet Ardoin and Daniel Ardoin, is sponsored by St. Peter Roman Catholic Church parish in Carencro.



Donald Bernard is the son of Don and Lisa Bernard and is sponsored by St. Pius X Church parish in Lafayette.



Randy Courville, son of Yola Bergeron Courville and the late Preston Courville, is sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy parish in Henderson.



Sal Istre is the son of Linnea Istre Johnson and is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima parish in Lafayette.

According to Notre Dame’s website,, “When seminarians receive these ministries, the Church recognizes the formation that has occurred in these men and their willingness to embrace ministry as another sign of their preparation for ordained ministry.”


  • Aid the deacon and minister to the priest in liturgical celebrations;
  • Attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and priest in the celebration of Mass;
  • Distribute Communion as an extraordinary minister in the true absence of deacons and/or priests;
  • Again in the true absence of deacons and/or priests expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward repose it, but without the blessing;
  • Instruct other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties [Ministeria quaedam, n. 6].
  • The acolyte may also distribute Communion outside of Mass and participate in the Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass and Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum.


Two Seminarians Admitted to the Ministry of Lector

Congratulations to Andrew Killeen and Brother John Joseph of Jesus Crucified, CJC who were admitted into the Ministry of Lector at Notre Dame Seminary Chapel in New Orleans on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette, conferred the ministry of lector on these two first-year theologians.



The duties of a lector (or “Reader”) is described in the apostolic letter MINISTERIA QUAEDAM issued by Pope Paul VI. “The reader is appointed for a function proper to him, that of reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he is to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the gospel in the Mass and other sacred celebrations; he is to recite the psalm between the readings when there is no psalmist; he is to present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor; he is to direct the singing and the participation by the faithful; he is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as may be necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who are appointed on a temporary basis to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. That he may more fittingly and perfectly fulfill these functions, he is to meditate assiduously on sacred Scripture. Aware of the office he has undertaken, the reader is to make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.”



Andrew is the son of Daniel and Lisa Smith Killeen and is sponsored by St. Pius X Church parish in Lafayette.




Brother John Joseph of Jesus Crucified, CJC (Payton Bourque) is the son of Jared and Simone Simon Bourque of Lafayette. He is a professed brother of Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville.

DOL Seminarians Attend CUA Orientation


Cardinal Donald Wuerl challenged the students at the Annual Mass and Orientation of CUA at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC to put their faith into action. Cardinal Wuerl (who is Bishop of the Diocese of Washington as well as the University Chancellor) challenged the students and faculty to “go out and meet people, to encounter them and speak about the faith, to accompany them in their times of difficulty, and to engage them in the beauty and wonder of our Catholic faith. In doing these things, he said, they will find themselves growing closer than ever to Jesus.”


Reed Bellingham and Michael Vidrine are seen here reverently praying and participating in the CUA annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Reed is sponsored by Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Coteau, and Michael is sponsored by St. John Parish in Melville. Both are in their first year of the Basselin Program at Theological College in Washington, DC and attend Catholic University.

Nicholas Hebert, also a DOL seminarian, is in his second Basselin year and is sponsored by St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Crowley.

“The Basselin Scholars Program is a special, three-year honors program in philosophy consisting of the junior and senior years of undergraduate study and one year of graduate work, leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees respectively. It is for qualified seminarians who have a vocation to the priesthood appropriate to their age and level of discernment, and who have completed two years of undergraduate study with a superior level of academic performance.” (

Check out the link below to see the full article from CUA and photos from the Mass.