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.” (

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.

Wondering about Seminary Life? COME AND SEE (Nov 2-4, 2018)

Are you a young man, 16 or over, who is wondering about your future path? Consider visiting St. Joseph Seminary to witness for yourself seminary life. You will have a chance to talk with, attend Mass and pray with the seminarians, and discern God’s call for your own life. Join us for the Come and See Retreat at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, Louisiana, November 2-4, 2018. The weekend is free of charge and transportation is provided from Lafayette.

To register, download the registration forms below and mail to:

Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

or email to:

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Welcome Seminarians to Fall 2018!

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The Office of Vocations and Seminarians happily welcomes new seminarians, making a total number of 42 men studying for priesthood in this Fall 2018 semester.

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Left to right: Tanner Darbonne, sponsored by St. Thomas More in Eunice; Jacob LeBlanc, Nativity in New Iberia; Chad Peltier, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia; Cole Zaunbrecher, St. Leo IV in Roberts Cove; Dylan Allen, Our Lady of Wisdom on the UL Campus in Lafayette; Fr. Patrick Broussard, Director of Vocations; Stephen Melancon, St. Joseph in Parks; Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Director of Seminarians; Matthew Molbert, St. Joseph in Rayne; Seth Ransonet, St. Pius X in Lafayette; Bret Lee, St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville; Tre Fontenot, Sacred Heart in Ville Platte; Cole Laurents, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia; Evan Hebert, St. Joseph in Rayne. Please keep these seminarians, who will all be attending St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, and all our seminarians in your prayers.

DOL Seminarians Participate in Fete Dieu du Vermilion

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Celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in this special Centennial 100th Year Anniversary of the Diocese of Lafayette, The Community of Jesus Crucified organized the Fete Dieu du Vermilion in which many of the DOL seminarians enthusiastically and devoutly participated, despite very hot weather.

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According to the event’s flyer, Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for all those who participated in one of the events of Fête-Dieu du Vermilion on August 15. The day began at 8 am with a French Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville by Bishop Glen Provost. At 10:00 am a boat procession with the Blessed Sacrament embarked and made its way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette. The boat procession first stopped in Milton at Wawee’s Landing for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, then stopped at Ruffino’s in River Ranch before making its way to Beaver Park where a foot procession began up University Avenue in Lafayette, walking two miles to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Solemn Vespers were prayed at 5:00 pm and Holy Mass followed at 5:30 pm with Bishop Douglas Deshotel. After Mass the Cajun youth band, Adeline et ses Amis du Teche, performed outside the Cathedral to conclude the historic day.

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Seminarians Andrew Killeen and Br. John Joseph, CJC Admitted into Candidacy

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The trailing days of summer bring “Summer Seminar”, the annual Diocese of Lafayette seminarian retreat where the men gather for the last time before going off to their respective seminary colleges to study for the fall semester. The two days, held at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, also include an orientation for the newly accepted seminarians and a Rite of Candidacy for the third year theologates. This year, Bishop Deshotel conferred the rite upon Andrew Killeen and Br. John Joseph Bourque, CJC. Both men are students at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and are scheduled to be ordained transitional deacons on May 25, 2019 at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

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

Brother John Joseph, CJC

Brother John Joseph, CJC (Payton Bourque) is a professed brother with the Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville. He is the son of Jared and Simone Bourque.