Office of Vocations

Archbishop Gregory Aymond hosted Father Louis Sklar, director of vocations, and the seminarians of the Diocese of Alexandria for dinner following their annual evaluations.  The dinner was held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Archbishop’s residence, and included a brief tour of several spots where Pope St. John Paul II was during his stay with Archbishop Philip Hannan during his visit to New Orleans in the 1980’s.  Blaine Phillips came from St. Ben’s Seminary, and the rest of the seminarians pictured attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

Contact Information

Rev. Luke LaFleur
Director of Vocations

P. O. Box 7417
Alexandria, LA 71306
Phone: (318) 445-2401


Deacon Richard Mitchell
Director of the Permanent Diaconate

P.O. Box 7417
Alexandria, LA 71306
Phone: (318) 445-2401


Rev. Martin Laird
Vicar for Religious

P.O. Box 9
Plaucheville, LA 71362-0009
Phone: (318) 922-3131


Sister Sandra Norsworthy, OLS
Vicar for Women Religious

9968 Bayou des Glaises
Moreauville, LA 71355
Phone: (318) 985-2772


Our Seminarians

Matthew Bonner

Rev. Mr. Thomas Kennedy

Joshua Burch

Rev. Mr. Robert Johnson

Derrick Rials

Blaine Phillips

Donnie Kuzma

Our Deacons

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

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

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.)

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:


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


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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!

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.