Three Seminarians Admitted to Candidacy

Seminarians Alexander Maurice Albert, Michael Jude Richard, and Benjamin James Pitre were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders on June 29, 2014, by the Most Rev. Michael Jarrell, Bishop of Lafayette, at St. Landry Catholic Church, in Opelousas, Louisiana.

A definition of Candidacy Acceptance is: “The Admission to Candidacy rite offers the candidates for ordination the opportunity to publicly express their intention to receive ordination as a Deacon and perhaps later as a Priest. The aspirant composes beforehand and then signs and dates before the start of the rite in the presence of the Bishop a declaration in one’s own hand stating his conscious intention to serve others in the Spirit of Compassionate Presence as an ordained cleric and is making this intention freely on his own accord. The Bishop also signs and dates this declaration attesting acknowledgement of receipt thereof in the name of the Church.”

Alex Albert is from New Orleans, is the son of Kenneth Albert and Linda Jones Albert, and is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette. Michael Richard is originally from Breaux Bridge, is the son of Robert and Carla Richard of Scott, and is sponsored by St. Bernard Parish in Breaux Bridge. Ben Pitre is from Opelousas, is the son of Benjamin and Suzanne Pitre, and is sponsored by St. Landry Parish in Opelousas. Alex and Michael will return to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans in August for their third year of theology and will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in May 2015. Ben will begin theology study at Pontifical North American College in Rome this fall.

Alex Albert
Alex Albert


Michael Richard
Michael Richard


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Ben Pitre

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Vocation Dinner for Young Women June 2014

Bishop Michael Jarrell, Bishop of Lafayette, invites discerning young men and women to dinner at Immaculata four times a year, with three of the suppers for men and each year in June for women. On June 26, 2014, Sr. Tracey Dugas of the Daughters of St. Paul gave an enthusiastic presentation to the large group gathered for this delightful evening, hosted by the bishop and Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Director of the Office of Vocations and seminarians.Sr Tracey speaks to young women on religious life 062614Sr Tracey with young women at dinner with Bishop 062614

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And then there were SEVEN…Diocese of Lafayette happily welcomes our seven new priests.

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On June 14, 2014 at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, three Lafayette Diocese seminarians were ordained to the Order of Holy Priesthood and one seminarian was ordained to the Order of Transitional Diaconate. Rev. Matthew Mary Barzare will be assigned to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Kaplan, LA; Rev. Nicholas DuPre, CJC and Rev. Brian Webre, CJC are assigned to the Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville with sacramental duties at St. Bernard Parish in Breaux Bridge, LA. Charles William Massie, IV was ordained a transitional deacon and is currently assigned to St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Crowley until he returns to seminary to complete his final year.

Then just one week later on June 21, 2014, four more men were ordained to the Holy Priesthood: Rev. Patrick Broussard, assigned to Our Lady of Wisdom in Lafayette; Rev. Michael DeBlanc, assigned to St. Genevieve in Lafayette, Rev. Sam Fontana, assigned to St. Joseph in Rayne; and Rev. Taj Glodd, assigned to St. Pius X in Lafayette.

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Patrick Broussard

 Michael DeBlanc
Michael DeBlanc

 Sam Fontana
Sam Fontana

 Taj Glodd
Taj Glodd

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Congratulations to Graduates

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May 2014 saw eleven Lafayette Diocese seminarians graduate; seven from St. Joseph Seminary in Covington (St. Ben’s), and one seminarian, Joseph Boustany from Theological College in Washington, DC. These eight men will go on to graduate level in the fall. Three men, all transitional deacons, graduated from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

Congratulations to:
(top picture, left to right) Rev. Mr. Matthew Barzare, Rev. Mr. Travis Abadie, and Rev. Mr. Michael DeBlanc. (pictured with Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Lafayette).

(Below, left to right) Ben Pitre, Kyle White, Payton Bourque, Stephen Pellessier, (Fr. Bordelon), Blake Dubroc, Andrew Schumacher and Brent Smith.
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Quo Vadis Vocation Camp June 24-26

quo vadis camp 1Attention all Catholic young men ages 14-25: 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 Third 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 24th beginning with check-in at 8:30 am to Thursday, June 26th around noon, at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Martinville. There is no cost to attend the camp. Ask your parish priest for registration information or contact Father Kevin Bordelon at the Office of Vocations, perebordelon@gmail.com or 261-5690.13quo vadis camp 3quo vadis camp 4
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Quo Vadis 2014 Registration Forms

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Seminarian Rev. Mr. Patrick Broussard Assists Pope Francis as Deacon at Easter Vigil

Patrick in Rome
Deacon Patrick Broussard, who will be ordained to Holy Priesthood June 21, 2014, served Pope Francis as a Deacon in the Easter Vigil Mass in Rome on April 19th. (See link on right) Before the Mass, Deacon Patrick presented the Pope a gift from his family, a traditional Zucchetto hat, which Pope Francis wore throughout the Mass.

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Two Seminarians Advance to Ministry of Lector

Congratulations to RENÉ JOSEPH PELLESSIER and MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER HEBERT who were admitted to the ministry of Lector in ceremonies at The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on April 5, 2014, by the Most Rev. James Conley, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Rene, sponsored by St. Mary Church in Lafayette, is the son of Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Lavergne Pellessier. Matthew, sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Church in Abbeville, is the son of Joseph and Angela Menard Hebert. Both Rene and Matthew are in First Theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg.

Rene Pellessier 1st Theology
Rene Pellessier
1st Theology
Matthew Hebert 1st Theology
Matthew Hebert
1st Theology

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