It is a joy to begin here at St. Joseph the Worker and continue to help at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in White castle. I was in the habit of writing bulletin articles in Donaldsonville my previous assignment, so I hope to continue to write here at St. Joseph the Worker. To begin I would like to share some more about myself, so you can get to know me more.
First of all, I was born and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana; my 29th birthday is coming up soon. I lived in Baton Rouge my whole life before entering seminary in 2011. I went to the same school for 13 years, from elementary to high school. This was University Lab School, also known as Uhigh. Both of my parents taught at LSU, and I went to school just down the street from where they worked. I’ve always been Catholic, and my family has always put importance on their faith! After graduating in 2009 from High School, I went for two years at LSU studying business than switching my major to philosophy. I must admit that my mind and my heart were set on seminary, even out of high school. I didn’t feel ready to go before some college experience. After two years at LSU, I decided it was time for me to try and enter the seminary and discern God’s will to the priesthood.
I attended St. Joseph seminary college and graduated there after two years. St. Joseph seminary college is near Covington Louisiana and is connected to a Benedictine monastery. I stayed in the monastery quarters for a while but never did it cross my mind to enter the seminary. I’ve had a few summer assignments in the area, my first summer assignment was in Belle Rose and Paincourtville, and a few years later I was assigned to St. James and Vacherie, both assignments were to months long. After graduating in 2013 from St. Joseph Seminary College, I began attending Notre Dame Seminary, and I was there for the next five years. Usually, most men stay there for four years, but I took a pastoral year, or a year away from seminary. Many have made them before for a variety of reasons. I was ordained a deacon in 2017 and spent five months in Albany, Louisiana with Fr. Jamin David. Then after graduating from Notre Dame in 2018, I was assigned to Donaldsonville until I was ordained a priest in May of this year.
As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been assigned as the associate pastor for two years. I look forward to getting to know everyone and get to know the ins and out of the parish! I must admit I don’t know French, but I may try and learn some while I’m here! It is a joy to be here in Pierre Part, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.