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2013 Priesthood Jubilarians

Please pray for this year's priesthood jubilarians, who are celebrating the 60th, 40th, and 25th anniversaries of their priesthood ordinations during the year 2013.  
 
(Note:  The Acadiana Catholic extends its apologies to Frs. Arthur Warren,  Msgr. Paul Metrejean, Fr. Joseph Stemman, Msgr. Louis Melancon,  Fr. Andrew Whitman, SJ, Fr. Grady Estilette, and Fr. Robert Courville.  Although the August edition of the magazine states that they are celebrating their 60th anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood, they are actually celebrating their 50th.

50 Years

Fr. Aurthur M. Warren is a native of Winston-Salem, NC.  He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and credits the Jesuits there with influencing him to answer the call to the priesthood.  He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1963.  His first assignment was to St. Margaret Church in Lake Charles, after which he went on to serve the church parishes of Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings; the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette; St. Anthony in Lafayette; St. Bernard in Breaux Bridge; St. Martin de Porres in Scott; and St. Edward in Richard.  He also served the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of the Tribunal and as chaplain for the Carmelite Monastery in Lafayette.  He is now retired.  (No photo available)
Msgr. Paul Metrejean is a native of Opelousas and a graduate of Loyola University and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  He was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963, and his first assignment was to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Iberia.  Other parish assignments included St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville; the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette; St. Michael in Crowley; St. Elizabeth in Coteau Holmes; St. John the Evangelist in Mermentau and St. Margaret Chapel in Estherwood; and St. Leo and St. Catherine and St. Jules Chapel in Leonville.  Additionally, he served at St. Louis High School in Lake Charles; as Administrator of Catholic Schools in Opelousas; Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette; Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; and as Regional Vicar and Vicar for Clergy for the Lafayette Diocese.  Though retired, Msgr. Metrejean still assists as Sacramental Minister at Queen of Angels Church in Opelousas.  He credits Fr. Wilson Matt, Fr. John Minveille, SJ, and Sr. Lydia, MSC, for influencing his answer to the vocational call.



Fr. Joseph H. Stemman is a native of Lafayette.  He attended St. John Seminary, AR and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963.  His first assignment was to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia.  Later, he also served the church parishes of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and its mission in Kaplan; St. Joseph in Patterson; St. Theresa and St. Benedict the Moor mission in Duson; St. John in Henry; St. James Chapel in Esther; St. Joseph in Rayne; Our Lady of Mercy in Henderson; and Sacred Heart Chapel in Butte La Rose.  In retirement, he also served  St. Benedict the Moor in Duson, the Cursillo Center in Prairie Ronde, and is presently the Chaplain of Consolata Nursing Home in New Iberia.  He credits Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard for influencing his priestly vocation.
 



Msgr. Louis Melancon is a native of Plattenville.  He was also ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963, and celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 26 at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in New Orleans.  His first assignment was to St. Landry Church in Opelousas.  He went on to serve several church parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles, including St. Henry, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, and Immaculate Conception.  Msgr. Melancon also held several administrative assignments over the years, including Spiritual Director of Immaculata Seminary in 1973, as well as Director of Vocations and Permanent Deacon Program.  
Fr. Andrew Whitman, SJ is a native of Detroit, MI.  He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and was ordained for the Jesuits on June 12, 1963.  He currently resides at St. Alphonsus Rodrigues Pavilion in Grand Coteau, where he assists with part-time ministry at St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Charles College, and the retreat house.  (No photo available)


Fr. Grady Estilette is a native of New Iberia.  He was ordained to the priesthood on December 18, 1963, at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome.  His first assignment was to St. Margaret Church in Lake Charles, and he later served the church parishes of Sacred Heart in Ville Platte; St. Landry in Opelousas; St. Patrick in Lafayette; St. Peter in Gueydan; and St. John the Evangelist in Jeanerette.  From 1973-1988, he also served the diocesan Tribunal.  He is presently retired, and credits the influences of the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers, the pastors and assistants of St. Peter Church in New Iberia (especially Fr. Floyd Calais, the late Msgr. Albert Bacaque, Fr. Roger Moag, and Bishop Warren Boudreaux) for his answer to serve the priesthood.
Fr. Robert Courville is a native of Lafayette.  He attended Central Elementary School in Lafayette from grades 1-3, Cathedral School in Lafayette for grades 4-8, Lafayette High School for grades 9-10, Lafayette Senior High School for grade 11, and Immaculata Minor Seminary for grade 12, as well as for his first and second college years before he went on to attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  He also audited classes at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette and Loyola University in New Orleans.  He holds a BA, an MA, and an M.Div. from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, and an MA in Education from Notre Dame University, IN.  He was ordained to the priesthood for the Lafayette Diocese on December 21, 1963 and his first assignment was to St. Bernard Church in Breaux Bridge.  He went on to serve the church parishes of Our Lady of Mercy in Opelousas and St. Martin de Tours in St. Martinville before attending LSU in pursuit of a Ph.D, and also served as chaplain to Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.  Later, he also served the church parishes of St. Henry in Lake Charles; Our Lady of Mercy in Henderson; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Church Point; St. Francis Regis in Arnaudville; St. Anthony of Padua in Krotz Springs; and St. Anne in Mamou.  He is presently retired.  (No photo available)

40 Years


Fr. Martin C. Borcherdin
g is a native of New York City.  He attended Cathedral College Seminary in New York as well as Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans before being ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1973.  His first assignment was to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Iberia, but he has also served St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, St. Joseph Parish in Loreauville, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Abbeville, Holy Cross Parish in Lafayette, and St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Lafayette.  This year, he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his priesthood with a Mass at Consolata Nursing Home in New Iberia.  He credits Fr. Joseph A. Bourque for influencing his call to the priesthood.


Fr. John Richard Fabre
 is a native of Youngsville.  For his education, he attended Youngsville Elementary, Immaculata Seminary, and Notre Dame Seminary.  He was  ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1973, and his first assignment was to Our Lady of Mercy Church in Opelousas.  Other parish assignments have included St. Theresa in Abbeville; ST. Marcellus in Rynella; St. Joseph in Cecilia; St. Bernadette in Bayou Vista; and Nativity of Our Lady in New Iberia.  He is presently assigned to St. Rita Parish in Catahoua, and credits his mother, Msgr. B.W. Neyboer, Fr. Conley Bertrand, Fr. Rex Broussard, Heard Melancon, and Ethel Savoy with influencing his decision to answer the call to the priesthood.
Fr. Paul B. Patin, SJ is a native of Breaux Bridge, where he attended St. Bernard School in his younger years before going on to attend Spring Hill College, the University of Texas, and St. Louis University School of Divinity.  He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Bernard Church in Breaux Bridge on June 2, 1973 and was first assigned to serve Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston.  He also served the church parishes of St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau and Holy Name of Jesus in New Orleans.  He presently serves as Retreat Director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House and the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau.  Considering influences which encouraged him to become a priest, he credits the faith of his parents, priests in the parish, a high school retreat he attended at Our Lady of the Oaks during his senior year, and Jesuits he knew before he chose to enter the novitiate.  (No photo available)

25 Years



Msgr. Ronald Broussard
 is a native of Lafayette.  He received a BA in Business Management from USL (now UL) in Lafayette and a Master of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1988 and was first assigned to St. Francis Cabrini Church in Kaplan.  Other parish assignments have included St. Benedict the Moor in Duson, and St. Edward, its St. Jude mission, and St. Edward Catholic School in New Iberia.   Presently, Msgr. Broussard is assigned to St. Edward Church in New Iberia and its St. Jude mission.  He credits the faith community of Immaculate Heart of Mary, his ministry with the IHM People's Choir, Holy Ghost priest Fr. A.J. McKnight, Fr. Frances Theriault, SVD, and his family's love and support with influencing his call to serve in the priesthood.

Fr. James Goeke, SJ is a native of St. Louis, MO.  He attended St. Louis University, as well as the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, CA and Boston College.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1988 and was first assigned as a theology and math teacher at St. Louis University High School.  He also served as staff chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital for 12 years, and as Associate Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, MO for 3 1/2 years.  He presently serves as Assistant Director of Novices at the Jesuit Novitiate of Stanislaus in Grand Coteau.  When reflecting on the influences on his call to the priestly vocation, he credits the Jesuits at St. Louis U. High when he was a student there, a lay teacher who taught him math and encouraged him to be a high school math teacher, his diocesan parish priests who were good models of the priesthood, and his parents' strong Catholic faith.



Fr. Cyprian O. Eze
is a native of Amaetiti, Ututu.  He holds a degree in mass communication and was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1988 for the Diocese of Ututu-Umuahia.  His first assignment was to the diocesan seminary, and he later went on to serve at several local church parishes.  Presently, he serves as hospital chaplain here in the Diocese of Lafayette.  He credits his parents and his parish priest, Fr. J. Petit, with influencing his decision to respond to the call to the priesthood.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 
 

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