Seminarians Advance in Ministry

The Lafayette Diocese Office of Seminarians is pleased to announce that ANDREW FRANCIS KILLEEN and BR. JOHN JOSEPH OF JESUS CRUCIFIED, CJC (Payton Bourque) were admitted into the Ministry of Acolyte at Notre Dame Seminary Chapel in New Orleans on Monday, November 27, 2017. The Most Reverend Edward J. Burns, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, conferred the ministry of acolyte on these two second-year theologians.

Andrew Killeen

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

Brother John Joseph, CJC

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 Jesus Christ Crucified in St. Martinville.

Also admitted into the Ministry of Lector were CASEY RENÉ DUGAS and CONNOR PATRICK POIRRIER during a special Mass of Installation Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Notre Dame Seminary Chapel in New Orleans. Most Reverend Martin David Holley, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Memphis conferred the ministry of lector on these two first-year theologians.

Casey Dugas

Casey is the son of Sandy and Jill Dartez Dugas and is sponsored by Sacred Heart Church in Baldwin.

Connor Poirrier

Connor is the son of Martin Poirrier and Donna Savoy Poirrier and is sponsored by Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Scott.

Congratulations to all!

The Diocese of Lafayette is Pleased to Announce the Upcoming Ordination of Blake Dubroc to the Transitional Diaconate, December 16, 2017

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Diocese of Lafayette seminarian, Blake Dubroc will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10 AM, at the Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist Church in Lafayette.

Blake Dubroc

Blake is the son of Sandra Leger Laborde and Ted Dubroc. He is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom Church on the UL Campus in Lafayette. He will join six other transitional deacons (Deacons Korey LaVergne, Stephen Pellessier, Ben Pitre, Andrew Schumacher, Brent Smith, and Kyle White) in ordination to Holy Priesthood on June 23, 2018 at St. John Cathedral in Lafayette.

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Welcome, Fr. Patrick Broussard, as the New Director of Vocations!


The DOL Office of Vocations is happy to announce that Fr. Patrick Broussard has been appointed Director of Vocations as of September 15, 2017. Fr. Kevin Bordelon will remain the Director of Seminarians. Fr. Broussard was ordained to the priesthood on June 21, 2014 by Bishop Michael Jarrell at the same Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette where he currently serves as parochial vicar. He received his theology formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is from Lafayette and is the son of Steven and Barbara Broussard. Welcome Father Patrick!

Bishop Douglas Deshotel Ordains Four New Priests for the Lafayette Diocese

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On Saturday June 10, 2017, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, by the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, ordained Rev. Christopher Cambre, Rev. Matthew Hebert, Rev. Rene Pellessier and Rev. David Rozas to the Order of Holy Priesthood. The ordination took place at 10 AM in the Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist in Lafayette, LA. A light reception followed in the adjacent newly built Cathedral Parish Hall where family and friends gathered to celebrate the four new priests as well as receive their blessings.

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Rev. Cambre is the son of Rick and Sandra Allison Cambre. He has been assigned as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church in Rayne.



Rev. Hebert is the son of Deacon Joseph and Angela Menard Hebert. He will serve as associate pastor at St. Anthony of Padua in Eunice.




Rev. Pellessier, the son of Steven and Beth Lavergne Pellessier, has been assigned as associate pastor at Our Lady of Wisdom Church on the UL campus in Lafayette.




Rev. Rozas, the son of Kent and Margaret Vidrine Rozas, will serve as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Church Point.

The Diocese of Lafayette Happily Announces the Ordination of Five New Transitional Deacons

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On May 27, 2017, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, ordained five new transitional deacons. Rev. Mr. Korey LaVergne, Rev. Mr. Stephen Pellessier, Rev. Mr. Andrew Schumacher, Rev. Mr. Brent Smith, and Rev. Mr. Kyle White, were all anointed by the bishop at the ordination liturgy held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. These five deacons will join two other seminarians, Ben Pitre and Blake Dubroc, for priestly ordination June 23, 2018.


Rev. Mr. Korey LaVergne is the son of Kevin and Roxanne Langlinais LaVergne, and is sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Erath.



Rev. Mr. Stephen Pellessier, the son of Steve and Beth Lavergne Pellessier, is sponsored by St. Mary Mother of the Church in Lafayette. His brother, Rev. Mr. Rene Pellessier, will be ordained a priest on June 10, 2017.



Rev. Mr. Andrew Schumacher is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom parish on the ULL campus in Lafayette. He is the son of Dr. Pamela Darr and Scott Schumacher.



Rev. Mr. Brent Smith, the son of Raymond and Carol Ann Melancon Smith, is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom parish on the ULL campus in Lafayette.



Rev. Mr. Kyle White is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom parish on the ULL campus in Lafayette. He is the son of David and JoLynn Dean; and Terry and Miriam White.

QUO VADIS DAYS: JUNE 26-28, 2018

Attention young men: Quo Vadis… “Where are you going?”
Come and See at Quo Vadis Days. QVD is a time of recreation, fellowship, prayer, and discussion to help you discern Our Lord’s call in your life. There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men like yourself gathering together for these days.
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If you are a young man between the ages of 15 and 25, QVD is a great experience for you and it is free! To register, please download the forms below and mail to:

Office of Vocations
Diocese of Lafayette
1408 Carmel Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70501

Quo Vadis 2017 Registration Forms