Office of Vocations

seminarians

Contact Information

Rev. Louis Sklar
Director of Vocations

P. O. Box 7417
Alexandria, LA 71306
Phone: (318) 445-2401
Email: frlsklar@diocesealex.org

 

Deacon Richard Mitchell
Director of the Permanent Diaconate

P.O. Box 7417
Alexandria, LA 71306
Phone: (318) 445-2401
Email: dcnrmitchell@diocesealex.org

 

Rev. Martin Laird
Vicar for Religious

P.O. Box 9
Plaucheville, LA 71362-0009
Phone: (318) 922-3131
Email: frmlaird@parish.diocesealex.org

 

Sister Sandra Norsworthy, OLS
Vicar for Women Religious

9968 Bayou des Glaises
Moreauville, LA 71355
Phone: (318) 985-2772
Email: sacredheart@kricket.net

 

John Mohn

John Upton

Derrick Rials

Grant Rabalais

Chase Masters

David Keran

Thomas Kennedy

Jacob Cass

Matthew Bonner

Under construction.

Brothers of the Holy Eucharist (F.S.E.)

Infant Jesus Monastery
P.O. Box 25
Plaucheville, LA 71362-0025
Phone: (318) 922-3630

Superior: Brother Andre Lucia, FSE


Marianites of the Holy Cross (M.S.C.)

St. Rita Convent
1717 Ashley Ave.
Alexandria, LA 71301-7344
Phone: (318) 448-8001

Superior: Sister Ann LaCour, MSC
21388 Smith Road
Covington, LA 70435


Sisters of the Incarnate Word (C.C.V.I)

St. Frances Cabrini Community
3330 Prescott Rd.
Alexandria, LA 71301-3915
Phone: (318) 448-3187

Superior: Sister Kevina Keathing, CCVI
P.O. Box 230969
Houston, TX 77223

Vocations Director: Sister Kim-Phuong Tran, CCVI
6510 Lawndale St.
Houston, TX 77023
Phone: (713) 928-6053
ktran@ccvi-vdm.org


Nazareth Community

340 Park Place Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301-3942
Phone: (318) 443-5520

Sisters of the Holy Family (S.S.F.)

Mere Henriette Convent
3200 Elliott St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: (318) 483-9480

Julliette Gaudin Convent
3110 George's Lane
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: (318) 619-8573

Superior: Sister Greta Jupiter, SSF
6901 Chef Menteur Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70126


Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows (O.L.S.)

www.ols.org

St. Joseph Convent
440 Browns Bend Rd.
Alexandria, LA 71303-4146
Phone: (318) 443-1553

Sacred Heart Convent
P.O. Box 179
Moreauville, LA 71355
Phone: (318) 985-2164

Superior: Sister Sandra Norsworthy, OLS
9968 Bayou des Glaises Rd.
Moreauville, LA 71355

Vocations Director: Sister Fatima Aphiri, OLS
Email address: vocations@ols.org


Sisters of the Secular Institute of the Two Hearts (S.I.T.H.)

Superior: Mother Agnes Frias, SITH
P.O. Box 1179
Hanceville, AL 35077

Sister of Divine Providence (C.D.P.)

Superior: Sister Ann Petrus
515 South West 24th St.
San Antonio, TX 78207-4619


Sisters of the Living Word (S.L.W.)

233B Slaughtherhouse Rd.
Bunkie, LA 71322
Phone: (318) 346-6238

Superior: Sister Sharon Glumb
800 North Fernandez Ave. B
Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Sister of St. Anne (S.S.A.)

Superior: Sister Yvette Dargy, SSA
720 Boston Post Rd. East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Laying on of Hands

How to become a priest.

The Office of Church Vocations is commissioned to reach out to those who want to join the clergy and to minister to those who have already made the decision to join the clergy. God promises to provide shepherds and ministers to His people. It is the task of the Office of Church Vocations to encourage, support and inform the men and women in the diocesan community as they consider whether they have been called as priests, deacons, sisters, brothers, or ministers of Christ's sacraments, His Gospel and His life.

Each of us has a call - a vocation - to be holy as a married or single lay person, or as a priest, deacon, or a religious brother or sister. God offers to everyone the special graces required to fulfill their calling. Through prayer, vocation retreats, workshops and preaching in the church parishes, the Office of Church Vocations strives to strengthen parishioners' relationships with God to ensure that they are filled with the grace necessary to fulfill their calling.

Catholics who feel called to support the ministry of the Office of Church Vocations can join the Serra Club to pray for vocations and affirm the clergy and religious as they seek to submit themselves to Christ through their vocations.

Prayer for Vocations

"Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Make us a kind and understanding family so that we will help one another discover our vocations and follow them faithfully. Form us all in the likeness of your Son so that in Him, with Him and through Him, we may love You more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."

How long does it take to study for priesthood?
Answer: 8-10 years!

Requirements:
4 years of college with a minor in philosophy
4 years of theology
8 total years and the student graduates with a Masters of Divinity.

However, if a student has a 4-year college degree in anything, but not a minor in philosophy, he must
take two years of philosophy (also called pre-theology) before taking the 4 years of theology:
4 years of college with a degree
2 years of philosophy (pre-theology)
4 years of theology
10 total years and the student graduates with a Masters of Divinity.