The Office of Seminarians and Vocations is happy to announce that On August 5, 2019 at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat Center Chapel, at the first Mass of the annual Seminarian Summer Seminar, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel admitted twelve Lafayette seminarians into Candidacy for Holy Orders. In the Admission to Candidacy rite, the candidate for ordination publicly expresses his intention to receive ordination as a Deacon and subsequently as a Priest. These twelve men all attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

Reed Michael Bellingham, son of Stephen and Lisa Reed Bellingham, is in First Theology, and he is sponsored by Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Coteau.

Alex Grant Cormier is in First Theology, is sponsored by St. Joseph in Cecilia, and is the son of Bryan and Jackie Huval Cormier.
Myles Brandon Creek, son of Harry and Gwynn Acosta Creek, is in First Theology and is sponsored by St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Lafayette.
Brent Joseph Didier, sponsored by St. Leo IV in Roberts Cove, is in Second Theology, and is the son of Leo and Claire Clayton Didier.
Casey Rene Dugas is in Third Theology, is the son of Sandy and Jill Dartez Dugas, and is sponsored by Sacred Heart in Baldwin.
John Karol Dugas, the son of Joel and Fran Belair Dugas, is in Second Theology and is sponsored by St. Joseph in Loreauville.
David James Furka is in First Theology, is sponsored by St. Pius X in Lafayette, and is the son of James and Angela LeBlanc Furka.
Jonathan Carrollton Harris is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom in Lafayette and is in First Theology. He is the son of Louie and Andrea Pappas Harris.
Riley Paul Maturin is sponsored by St. Alphonsus in Maurice. He is the son of Randy and Tammy Richard Maturin and is in First Theology.
Connor Patrick Poirrier is in Third Theology and is sponsored by Sts. Peter and Paul in Scott. He is the son of Martin Poirrier and Donna Savoy Poirrier.
Michael Coleman Vidrine is in First Theology and is the son of Kirby and Darlene Leger Vidrine. He is sponsored by St. John in Melville.
Nicholas Bradford Ware, the son of Edward and Janice Gossen Ware, is sponsored by St. Joseph in Rayne. He is in Second Theology.

Quo Vadis Days – June 25-27, 2019

Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-25: do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a specific plan for your life, a particular path to be and to do something great for his kingdom! Come discover what it is at the Eighth Annual Quo Vadis Days Camp. At QVD you will spend time with other young men your age serious about hearing the Lord’s voice in their lives and following him. These are blessed days of prayer, fun, and fraternity. You will learn to pray better and make great friends. QVD is led by priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Lafayette and is sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocations. QVD will be held from Tuesday, June 25th to Thursday, June 27th at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center in St. Martinville. There is no cost to attend the camp. Registration forms are available below. For more information, contact Father Patrick Broussard, Director of Vocations; or call 337-261-5690.

Registration forms can be downloaded from below and mailed to:
Diocese of Lafayette Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

or emailed to:

Quo Vadis 2019 Registration Forms

Four DOL Seminarians Graduate from St. Ben’s

The Diocese of Lafayette is proud to announce the graduation of four of our seminarians from St. Joseph Seminary (St. Ben’s) in St. Benedict, LA on Friday, May 10th. Congratulations to Alex Cormier, Jonathan Harris, David Furka, and Scott Mitchell (seen here with Bishop Douglas Deshotel, Fr. Patrick Broussard and Fr. Kevin Bordelon)!

Congratulations to NDS graduates 2019!

Congratulations to all the 2019 Notre Dame Seminary College Graduates, especially the three ordinandi from the Diocese of Lafayette, Rev. Mr. Donald Bernard, Rev. Mr. Randy Courville and Rev. Mr. Sal Istre. All three will be ordained to Holy Priesthood June 15, 2019 at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

Pictured above left to right: Fr. Patrick Broussard, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Lafayette; Rev. Mr. Sal Istre; Rev. Mr. Randy Courville; Rev. Mr. Donald Bernard; and Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Director of Seminarians for the Lafayette Diocese.

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

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

Rev. Mr. Sal Istre is the son of Linnea Istre and Miguel Alcocer and is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Church parish in Lafayette.

St. Joseph Seminary hosts annual Palm Sunday Come and See Retreat – Reserve Your Spot Today!


Thought about the priesthood lately? Been on your mind? Come and see what God has to say about it.

St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana is again hosting the popular “Come and See” weekend vocation retreat, April 12-14, 2019. The weekend, open to young men, high school juniors and older, is about how to discern God’s call for your life. No cost to you. Meals, accommodations, transportation, and prayer are all provided.

To register, contact Fr. Patrick Broussard (Vocations Director) at 261.5690, email, or download the registration forms below and mail to:
Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

1. Agreement for Come and See weekend (2)
2. com.see.regist April 2019
3. Medical_Consent_Form
4. Packing List Come and See
5. PARENTAL CONSENT FORM Revised Sept 2014

Congratulations to Seth Lemaire who was instituted as an acolyte Sunday, February 24th in Rome!

The Diocese of Lafayette is proud to announce that seminarian, Seth Lemaire, was installed into the Ministry of Acolyte on Sunday, February 24th at the chapel of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where Seth is in his second year of theology.

Following the ceremony, Seth wrote:

“This morning, my classmates and I were instituted as Acolytes! Thank you for all of your prayers and support so far, during my formation. Please continue to pray for all of us as we continue our journey toward ordination!

“God of mercy through your only Son you entrusted the bread of life to your Church. Bless our brothers who have been chosen for the ministry of acolyte. Grant that they may be faithful in the service of your altar and in giving to others the bread of life; may they grow always in faith and love, and so build up your Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”

“Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.”

Seth is the son of Jodie Faye Meaux Sellers and the late Kevin Wayde Lemaire. he is sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Church parish in Abbeville.