Lafayette Vocations Thriving

Lafayette Seminarians, Summer Seminar 2013
Lafayette Seminarians, Summer Seminar 2013

When the average Catholic thinks of problems related to priestly vocations, most likely they envision aging priests and empty seminaries.  In south Louisiana we have a different problem: where to put all the young men desiring to discern priesthood?  Just two years ago (at the conclusion of the spring semester 2012) the student body at St. Joseph’s Seminary College in Covington numbered 80.  Last fall enrollment increased to 106.  And this fall the Benedict monks expect to welcome 120 young men into their program of priestly formation.  This “problem” has required the renovation of a building (long ago designated for storage) into an new dormitory.

Locally the Diocese of Lafayette has enjoyed a significant bump in vocations during that same time period.  Lafayette welcomed 8 new seminarians in 2011, 10 in 2012 and 13 new men begin formation this fall.  The total number of seminarians in preparation for service to the Diocese of Lafayette now totals 44 (the most in a generation).  Thanks be to God.

Is God calling you to join them?

 

 

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