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God has blessed the Diocese of Lafayette with 50 seminarians for the fall 2016 semester. As they return to St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, Notre Dame in New Orleans, Mount St. Mary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Theological College in DC, or North American College in Rome, we offer our prayers of thanksgiving and petition for perseverance, fortitude, and wisdom for these discerning men.


Father Bordelon with our four transitional deacons, Rev. Mr. David Rozas, Rev. Mr. Rene Pellessier, Rev. Mr. Matthew Hebert, and Rev. Mr. Christopher Cambre. All four are preparing for ordination to Holy Priesthood on June 10, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.


We especially welcome our TWELVE new seminarians: Dexter Thibodeaux, Nick Ware, Calvin LeMaire, Phillip Domingue, Alexander Hargrave, Luke Kirk, Andrew Furka, Jace Gyles, Cameron Domingue, Alex Lancon, Jonathan Harris, and Hayden Lacour.

UPDATE: Successful Vocation Supper with Bishop Deshotel – August 17th, 6:30 pm

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The Vocation Supper with Bishop Deshotel was enjoyed by Teri Johnson from Eunice, Mallory Perry and Kerri Foret from Patterson, Sr. Mary Magdalen, and Sr. Uyen Vu, Daniella Francis Dupre from Washington, and Amy Berzas from Mamou. Rev. Mr. Christopher Cambre and Monsignor Robert Romero, Pastor of St. Anthony in Eunice; and Father Herb Bennerfield, Pastor of St. Joseph in Patterson, sponsored and accompanied the attendees.

The next Vocation Supper with the Bishop will be for young men on October 12, 2016, 6:30 pm at Immaculata.

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Are you a young woman discerning religious life? Would you like to meet other young women similarly interested, talk to a religious sister and Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, and at the same time have a great dinner with our new bishop, Bishop Deshotel? If you answered yes, please join us for dinner, Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 pm at Immaculata, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette. To register, please call 337.261.5690 or email vocations@diolaf.org. Consider the beauty of religious life. To quote The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, “For each religious formation is the process of becoming more and more a disciple of Christ. Growing in union with and in configuration to Him.”

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Bishop Deshotel Ordains Three Men to Priesthood

For the first time since Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel was installed as Bishop of Lafayette in April 2016, he has ordained three men to Holy Priesthood for the Lafayette Diocese. Fathers Alexander Albert, Joel Faulk and Michael Richard were ordained June 11, 2016 at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.


On Saturday, May 28, 2016, four Lafayette Diocese seminarians were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate. Christopher Cambre, Rene Pellessier, Matthew Hebert, and David Rozas were ordained transitional deacons at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. The following day each preached for the first time at their respective home parishes. Rev Mr. Cambre is sponsored by St. Pius X in Lafayette and is the son of Rick and Sandra Cambre. His brother, Brice Cambre, who is also a seminarian having completed his second year of philosophy at St. Ben’s, read the second reading at the ordination. Rev. Mr. Pellessier, sponsored by St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Lafayette, is the son of Steven and Beth Pellessier. His brother, Stephen, who recently completed his second year of philosophy at Notre Dame in New Orleans, was the lector for the first reading. Rev. Mr. Hebert is the son of Deacon Joseph and Angie Hebert and is sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville. Deacon Joe was able to vest his son in the ordination ceremony. Rev. Mr. Rozas is sponsored by St. Peter in Carencro and is the son of Kent and Margaret Rozas.

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According to the USCCB, “As ministers of Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach, and teach in the name of the Church. As ministers of Sacrament, deacons baptize, lead the faithful in prayer, witness marriages, and conduct wake and funeral services. As ministers of Charity, deacons are leaders in identifying the needs of others, then marshaling the Church’s resources to meet those needs.”

Quo Vadis Days Vocation Camp June 28-30, 2016 Learn About the Priesthood and How to Discern Your Vocation


Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-25: do you know where your life is going? Come discover the answer at Quo Vadis Days Vocation Camp. Here you will learn about the priesthood and how to discern your vocation. There will be priests, seminarians and other young men like yourself gathered together in fellowship, recreation, prayer and discussion to help you explore our Lord’s call in your life. The 5th Annual Quo Vadis Days Camp, sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocations, will be held from Tuesday, June 28th to Thursday, June 30th at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Martinville. There is no cost.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH, at 11 AM. To register, contact Father Kevin Bordelon at the Office of Vocations, 337 261-5690, or download registration forms below AND EMAIL ASAP TO vocations@diolaf.org or fax to 361 261-5693.

Quo Vadis 2016 Registration Forms

QVD General Information and Packing List 2016

Historic Flood Inundates St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College: Please help by visiting HELPTHEABBEY.COM

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On March 11 floodwaters from the Bogue Falaya inundated Saint Joseph Abbey + Seminary College with up to two feet of water. Most buildings were affected, including the Abbey Church, which remains closed after flooding in the basement. The outpouring of support from friends of the Abbey has been overwhelming. Click here to find out how you can ‘Help the Abbey.’

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Many have asked how they can help. You can make a donation via the abbey’s website http://www.saintjosephabbey.com

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The abbey has also partnered with Resource Bank, who will be accepting checks for the Abbey Flood Response on their behalf. You may visit any branch or mail a check.

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Checks should be made out to the Flood Relief Fund for Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College and mailed to Resource Bank, Attn: Private Banking, 70533 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433

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If you would like to make your donation in memory or in honor of someone, you may call or email a note to Debb DeNoux (ddenoux@sjasc.edu or 985.867.2264) after completing your donation. In the note, be sure to include the name of the person in whose memory or honor the donation is being made, the name and address of the person we should notify of your gift, and your name, address, and the amount donated so that we can verify the donation was processed.

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Two Seminarians to be Admitted into Ministry at Mount St. Mary’s, April 22 and 23

Lafayette Diocese seminarian, Salinger Alcocer-Istre, first year theology student at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will soon be accepted into Ministry of Lector during a special Mass of Installation to be celebrated April 22, 2016 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s. The following day, April 23rd, in the same chapel, second year theology seminarian, Joseph Kyle White, will be admitted to the Ministry of Acolyte. The Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, will preside at the liturgies and install the seminarians.

“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.” (www.nds.edu)
As summarized by Mount St. Mary’s,(www.stmarys.edu), “Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at liturgical celebrations and serve as catechists; acolytes serve at Eucharistic celebrations and bring the Eucharist to the sick.”


Sal is in his first theology year at MSM and is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima parish in Lafayette. He is the son of Miguel and Linnea Istre Alcocer.


Kyle is in his second year of theology at MSM, is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom parish in Lafayette, and is the son of David & Jolynn Boudreaux Dean, and Terry Bret White.

Lafayette-native, Emily Byers, consecrated virgin, attends closing of the Year of Consecrated Life at the Vatican

Emily with Norma and Ralda (CVs from Lebanon)

Emily Byers, a consecrated virgin in the Diocese of Lafayette, recently traveled to Rome to attend the closing ceremonies of the Year of Consecrated Life, which concluded with a papal audience and Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This celebration of the diverse forms of consecrated life present in the Church included an international gathering of the Ordo Virginum, the ancient “Order of Virgins” that was renewed after the Second Vatican Council. This is only the third such gathering to happen since 1970. Approximately 500 consecrated virgins representing six continents, along with over 30 bishops and priests, attended the international meeting to hear talks by expert theologians and testimonies from women living as consecrated virgins in diverse cultural contexts. There are currently over 4000 consecrated virgins living in the world in at least 78 countries, including 235 in dioceses across the United States.

Emily with Carmen and Sabina (CVs from US)

Emily, who teaches at John Paul the Great Academy, describes summarizes her experience by saying, “Being in Rome with so many other women living as consecrated virgins was a powerful experience of community for me. It deepened my desire to live my vocation with wholehearted joy— as Pope Francis has encouraged us to do!— here in the Diocese of Lafayette.”

Emily with Joani (CV from Boston)

Congratulations to our newest acolyte, Ben Pitre!

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We offer congratulations to Second Year Theology seminarian, Ben Pitre, who advanced into the Ministry of Acolyte on March 13, 2016 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Ben is the son of Benjamin and Suzanne Hebert Pitre, and is sponsored by St. Landry Church in Opelousas.

Ben Pitre, acolyte, with J. Boustany

He is shown above with Joseph Boustany, first year theology student at the NAC, on his right; and Father Joshua Guillory on his left.

Included in a 1972 apostolic letter, MINISTERIA QUAEDAM, given Motu Proprio: On first tonsure, minor orders, and the subdiaconate, Pope Paul VI wrote concerning the ministry of acolyte:

“The Acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore
to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations,
especially in the celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister when the
ministers spoken of in the Codex Iuris Canonicican. 845 are not available or are prevented by ill
health, age, or another pastoral ministry from performing this function, or when the number of
communicants is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. In the same
extraordinary circumstances an Acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the blessed sacrament
for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people. He may also,
to the extent needed, take care of instructing 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. He will perform these functions more worthily if he participates in the
holy eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, receives nourishment from it, and deepens his
knowledge about it.

As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the Acolyte should learn all matters
concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will
be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in
church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the
weak and the sick.”