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.

Andrew Killeen

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.

Seminarian, Alex Lancon, Accepted into Candidacy

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The Office of Seminarians is happy to announce that:

On June 28, 2018 at the 10:30 AM Closing Mass of Quo Vadis Days at Mater Delorosa Chapel at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat House in St. Martinville, Alex Kirby Lancon was admitted into Candidacy for Holy Orders by Bishop Douglas Deshotel. In the Admission to Candidacy rite, the candidate for ordination publicly expresses his intention to receive ordination as a Deacon and subsequently as a Priest. Alex will be studying theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome beginning August 2018. He is the son of Brad and Jamie Lancon and is sponsored by Assumption Church in Franklin. He completed his philosophy studies at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington in May 2018.

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Bishop Deshotel Ordains “The Centennial Seven”

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On Saturday June 23, 2018, in the Diocese of Lafayette Centennial Year, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, by the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, ordained Blake Dubroc, Korey LaVergne, Stephen Pellessier, Ben Pitre, Andrew Schumacher, Brent Smith, and Kyle White, to the Order of Holy Priesthood. This extraordinary group of men is known as “The Centennial Seven” or “Kevin Seven” as not only were they ordained during this special centennial year but all seven began their seminary journey under the direction of the then newly appointed Director of Vocations and Seminarians, Father Kevin Bordelon.


Blake Dubroc

Rev. Dubroc is the son of Ted and Peggy Dubroc, and Sandra and Craig Laborde. He has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Ville Platte.


Rev. Mr. Korey Lavergne

Rev. LaVergne, the son of Kevin and Roxanne Langlinais LaVergne, has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia.



Rev. Mr. Stephen Pellessier

Rev. Pellessier, the son of Steven and Beth Lavergne Pellessier, has been appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Bernard Church in Breaux Bridge.




Rev. Pitre, the son of Benjamin and Suzanne Hebert Pitre, has been appointed to residence at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ville Platte and to serve as Sacramental Minister to Saint Peter in Morrow and its mission of Resurrection in Whiteville until September 23, 2018 at which time he will return to Rome to complete further studies.


Rev. Mr. Andrew Schumacher

Rev. Schumacher has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette. He is the son of Dr. Pamela Darr and Scott Schumacher.


Rev. Mr. Brent Smith

Rev. Smith is the son of Raymond and Carol Ann Melancon Smith. He has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael Church in Crowley .


Rev. Mr. Kyle White

Rev. White has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Broussard. His parents are David and JoLynn Dean, and Terry and Miriam White.


Bishop Deshotel Ordains Three Transitional Deacons

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Three Diocese of Lafayette seminarians, Donald Davis Bernard, Randy Joseph Courville, and Salinger Miguel Istre were ordained transitional deacons by Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 10 AM, at the Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist Church in Lafayette. All three candidates will be fourth year theology students at Notre Dame Seminary College in fall 2018.

Donald Bernard
Donald Bernard is sponsored by St. Pius X Church in Lafayette.

Randy Courville
Randy Courville is sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy Church in Henderson.

Sal Istre
Sal Istre is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette.

Five of the Seven DOL Seminarians to be Ordained Graduate from Notre Dame Seminary

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Congratulations to five of our seven men to be ordained to holy priesthood who graduated last evening, May 10th, from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Left to right, Rev. Mr. Brent Smith, Rev. Mr. Stephen Pellessier, Rev. Mr. Korey LaVergne, Rev. Mr. Blake Dubroc, and Rev. Mr. Andrew Schumacher will join Rev. Mr. Kyle White and Rev. Mr. Ben Pitre on June 23, 2018 in their ordination liturgy at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

Rev. Mr. Kyle White
Deacon White graduated earlier this month from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Deacon Pitre will graduate from Pontifical North American College in June 2018.

CHECK OUT QUO VADIS DAYS 2018! June 26-28th

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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.

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 2018 Registration Forms

It’s that awesome time of year…time to sign up for the Palm Sunday Come and See Retreat at St. Ben’s!

Come and See March 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, talk with the seminarians, attend Mass and prayer with the monks, and discern God’s call for your own life. Join us for the Palm Sunday Come and See Retreat at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, Louisiana. The weekend is free of charge and transportation is provided from Lafayette. To Register, contact the:
Office of Vocations
Diocese of Lafayette
337 261-5690

download the 4 registration forms below
and mail to:
Office of Vocations
1408 Carmel Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501

Agreement for Come and See weekend (2)
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Congratulations to Seth Lemaire for Admission into the Ministry of Lector

Seth Lemaire lector January 2018 Rome

Lafayette Diocese Seminarian, Seth Lemaire, was instituted into the Ministry of Lector, January 14, 2018 by His Eminence Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. A total of 41 seminarians from all around the United States received this Ministry at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Pontifical North American College where Seth is a first year theology student.

HIs Eminence Cardinal Farrell reminded the candidates that becoming a Lector brings with it not only the responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God but also a commitment to living a life “centered on the Gospel message”, encouraging the seminarians that the preaching of God’s word is not done by speech alone but most importantly by their daily witness to the truth that is Jesus Christ.

The duties of a lector (or “Reader”) is described in the apostolic letter MINISTERIA QUAEDAM issued by Pope Paul VI. “The reader is appointed for a function proper to him, that of reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he is to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the gospel in the Mass and other sacred celebrations; he is to recite the psalm between the readings when there is no psalmist; he is to present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor; he is to direct the singing and the participation by the faithful; he is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as may be necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who are appointed on a temporary basis to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. That he may more fittingly and perfectly fulfill these functions, he is to meditate assiduously on sacred Scripture. Aware of the office he has undertaken, the reader is to make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.”

Seth is the son of Jodie Meaux Sellers and the late Kevin Wayde Lemaire; and he is sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville.

Who Will Win This Year?????

Save the date!

Join us as the Runnin’ Revs will take on the Slammin Sems in the 12th Annual basketball game between the Lafayette Diocesan priests and seminarians. This popular, fun-filled, family event helps promote and support priestly and religious vocations. Last year the Seminarians beat the Priests 36-29. Join us to see who will win this year! Hope to see you there!

Slammin Sems vs Runnin Revs 2017