Above: The new aspirants are pictured with Deacon Richard Mitchell, they are, left to right:
Back row: Les Glankler, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church; Kenny Sayes, Mary, Mother of Jesus Church; Doug Moreau, St. Mary’s Assumption Church; Lee Moreau, Sacred Heart of Jesus; Sam Jones, St. Patrick Church.

Middle row: Jason Lavergne, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral; Jody Byrd, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral; Ken Primeaux, St. Winifred Chapel, Effie; Reggie Ducote, Sacred Heart Church.

Front row: Fidel Andrade, St. Michael the Archangel Church; Roger Christopher, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church; Chad Thibodeaux, Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception; Alex Mangini, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Not pictured: 
Marc Barrett, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and Mark Guidry, St. Anthony of Padua, Natchitoches

Bishop Talley has accepted fifteen men to begin their discernment and formation for the Diaconate. They will begin their formal formation mid-August of this year.

“The fifteen aspirants are excited to begin this journey of faith formation. The diaconate office has worked closely with Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans to tailor the program to ensure the men are formed to meet the needs of our diocese,” according to Deacon Richard Mitchell, director of the Diaconate Program for the diocese.

They will meet monthly with Notre Dame Seminary professors here in Alexandria for a period of four years. After one year of aspirancy, they will be accepted into candidacy until ordination.