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.

The Big One – Palm Sunday Come and See Retreat- April 3rd to 5th – Reserve Your Spot Today!

It’s time for the PALM SUNDAY “COME AND SEE” WEEKEND at ST. BENS!

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 3-5, 2020. 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 vocations@diolaf.org, or download the registration forms below and mail to:
Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

Come and See Registration Form April 2020

St. Joseph Come and See Forms

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.

DOL Seminarian, Alex Lancon, Installed into Ministry of Lector in Rome


Lafayette Diocese seminarian, Alex Kirby Lancon, was installed into Ministry of Lector during a special Mass of Installation celebrated Sunday, January 20, 2019 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City State, Rome, Italy. The Rite of the Institution of Lectors was presided by Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, who conferred this ministry upon Alex and forty other first-year theology students. The Rite of Institution of Lectors is one of the ministries a seminarian must receive before ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood. Those given the ministry of Lector are entrusted with reading the Sacred Scriptures during Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Alex is the son of Brad and Jamie Lynn Lancon and is sponsored by Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Franklin.

Revs Inch by Sems 54-52 at annual BB game

The 13th annual Diocese of Lafayette Priests versus Seminarians proved to be a nail-biting success as the Runnin Revs took the game against the Slammin Sems 54-52. This always fun event, held at the Cathedral-Carmel Elementary School gym and sponsored by the Lafayette Knights of Columbus, is a great family outing that showcases vocations awareness. Half-time proved just as fun as one of the religious brothers and one sister of the Community of Jesus Crucified squared off in a battle of basketball tic-tac-toe.
Watch below:

Sister Jeanne d’Arc and Brother John Joseph of the Community of Jesus Crucified face off in an intense game of Tic Tac Toe during halftime at the 13th Annual Basketball Game between the priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Lafayette!

Posted by Diocese of Lafayette on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Game on! 13th Annual Runnin Revs vs Slammin Sems Basketball Game, Dec. 18th


Join us as the Runnin’ Revs take on the Slammin Sems in the 13th Annual basketball game between the Lafayette Diocesan priests and seminarians.
This popular, fun-filled, family event helps promote and support priestly and religious vocations.
Tip-off is at 6:30 pm at Cathedral-Carmel School Gymnasium, 848 St. John Street, Lafayette. Doors open at 6 pm.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Concessions will be available for sale.

Last Year the Revs beat the Sems 48-45. Join us to see who will win this year! Hope to see you there!

Four DOL Seminarians Installed into Ministry of Lector, October 16, 2018


Lafayette Diocese seminarians, BRENT JOSEPH DIDIER, JOHN KAROL DUGAS, WILLIAM CADE LEBLANC and NICHOLAS BRADFORD WARE were admitted into the Ministry of Lector during a special Mass of Installation, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in the Chapel at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. The Rite of the Institution of Lectors was presided by Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, who conferred this ministry upon these four first-year theologians, all students at NDS.

“The Rite of Institution of Lectors is one of the ministries a seminarian must receive before ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood. Those given the ministry of Lector are entrusted with reading the Sacred Scriptures during Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Each seminarian receiving the ministry of Lector were instructed by Bishop Spalding, “Take this book of holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.” In his homily, Bishop Spalding first reminded those to be instituted of the prayers of the people of God for them in their vocation and reminded the seminarians that they can never give the laity enough sincere thanks for all their efforts and prayers. He then exhorted them to come to know more Jesus Christ more deeply by daily prayer with the Scriptures so that the seminarians can build up the people of God.” (https://nds.edu/2018/10/institution-of-lectors-2018/)


Brent Didier is the son of Leo and Claire Clayton Didier and is sponsored by St. Leo IV in Roberts Cove.


John Dugas is sponsored by St. Joseph in Loreauville and is the son of Joel and Fran Belair Dugas.


Cade LeBlanc, the son of Danny and Debbie McManus LeBlanc is sponsored by St. Thomas More in Eunice.


Nick Ware, the son of Edward and Janice Gossen Ware, is sponsored by St. Joseph in Rayne.