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)

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Congratulations to our newest acolyte, Ben Pitre!

Ben Pitre acolyte 2016

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.”

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Welcome Bishop Douglas Deshotel!

The Office of Vocations and Seminarians is to pleased to welcome our new bishop, Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel!
Bishop Douglas Deshotel

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Update: The Palm Sunday Weekend Come and See Retreat has been cancelled due to flooding of the campus by the rains of March 11th. Please keep St. Joseph Seminary, the monks, staff and seminarians in your prayers.

Come and See March 2016

It’s the BIG ONE! THE PALM SUNDAY “COME AND SEE” WEEKEND at ST. BENS.

St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana is hosting a “Come and See” weekend March 18-20, 2016. The weekend is open to young men who are high school juniors and older. Participants are invited to pray and to share meals with the seminary community. They will learn more about vocational discernment and the program of priestly formation. The group will depart from Lafayette at 1:30 in the afternoon on Friday. The weekend concludes with the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday. There is no cost for the weekend and travel will be provided from Lafayette. Contact Fr. Kevin Bordelon (Vocations Director) at 261.5690, perebordelon@gmail.com, or click on the forms below and download to register. Mail registration to:
Diocese of Lafayette Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

com.see.regist March 2016
St. Joseph Seminary Registration Packet Rev March 2016

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Missionaries of Charity Postulant from Lafayette Diocese Celebrates the Feast of Epiphany with her Sister Postulants

Sr. Claire in Mexico
(click on image to enlarge)

The Feast of the Epiphany was celebrated in a special way this January 2016 by the Missionaries of Charity Postulant Class of the Americas. The postulants who come from many countries of the North and South American continents included a Lafayette native, Claire Metrejean (seen last row on left).

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Seminarians in the Year of Mercy

As we enter into the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, Lafayette Diocese seminarians are already planning and participating in the treasures of our Church, including our two seminarians attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Joseph Boustany, First Year Theology, was installed into the Ministry of Lector, on Sunday, January 10, 2016, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the NAC in Rome. Joseph, son of Deacon Edward and Tessa Sagrera Boustany, is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette.
Joseph Boustany - Lector Installation

Second Year Theology seminarian, Ben Pitre, will advance into the Ministry of Acolyte on March 3, 2016 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Ben is the son of Benjamin and Suzanne Hebert Pitre, and is sponsored by St. Landry Church in Opelousas.
Ben Pitre in clerics (2)

DOL seminarians, Blake Dubroc, Brent Smith and Andrew Schumacher join Ben Pitre in entering through one of the Doors of Mercy in Rome.
Holy Door 2015

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News Update: Seminarians Inched Past Priests to Win 32-31. Great Game! Great Crowd! Great Event! Thank You, Lafayette KC Council 1286! Come Join Us for the 10th Annual Slammin Sems versus Runnin Revs December 21, 2015

bb game Dec 2015

bb game 2015 flyer
Come out and cheer on your favorite seminarian at the 10th annual Seminarians versus Priests Basketball Game. The game will take place December 21st at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at STM gym in Lafayette.

runnin revs 2015

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Fr. Bordelon and Seminarians Compete in Collarnary Cookoff – Check out this article and vote

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sems collarnary
(Photo by Peter Piazza)

fr b gumbo

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Installation of Acolytes and Lectors

Fr B and acolytes NDS 2015

Fr B and lectors NDS 2015

On October 24, 2015 at 10 am at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Bishop Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas, presided at the liturgy of installation into ministries of acolyte and lector. Nine Lafayette Diocese seminarians were included in the installation.

The five second-year theology students (seen above with Fr. Kevin Bordelon) installed in to Ministry of Acolyte were Blake Dubroc, Korey LaVergne, Andrew Schumacher, Brent Smith, and Stephen Pellessier. The four first-year theology students installed as lectors were Randy Courville, Mathew Ardoin, Bennett Bernard, and Donald Bernard.

See link below from NDS.

http://nds.edu/2015/10/installation-of-lectors-and-acolytes/

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