Three Seminarians Admitted to Candidacy

Seminarians Alexander Maurice Albert, Michael Jude Richard, and Benjamin James Pitre were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders on June 29, 2014, by the Most Rev. Michael Jarrell, Bishop of Lafayette, at St. Landry Catholic Church, in Opelousas, Louisiana.

A definition of Candidacy Acceptance is: “The Admission to Candidacy rite offers the candidates for ordination the opportunity to publicly express their intention to receive ordination as a Deacon and perhaps later as a Priest. The aspirant composes beforehand and then signs and dates before the start of the rite in the presence of the Bishop a declaration in one’s own hand stating his conscious intention to serve others in the Spirit of Compassionate Presence as an ordained cleric and is making this intention freely on his own accord. The Bishop also signs and dates this declaration attesting acknowledgement of receipt thereof in the name of the Church.”

Alex Albert is from New Orleans, is the son of Kenneth Albert and Linda Jones Albert, and is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette. Michael Richard is originally from Breaux Bridge, is the son of Robert and Carla Richard of Scott, and is sponsored by St. Bernard Parish in Breaux Bridge. Ben Pitre is from Opelousas, is the son of Benjamin and Suzanne Pitre, and is sponsored by St. Landry Parish in Opelousas. Alex and Michael will return to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans in August for their third year of theology and will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in May 2015. Ben will begin theology study at Pontifical North American College in Rome this fall.

Alex Albert
Alex Albert


Michael Richard
Michael Richard


Ben Pitre 2nd
Ben Pitre

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