Wonderful news — and boy, do we need it now.

A reader dropped me a note to let me know her brother was just ordained in the Diocese of Lafayette, and she directed me to their Facebook page, where I found these pictures, along with the following:

Eleven men of the Diocese of Lafayette were ordained to the diaconate today [Saturday, May 23]! Three Transitional Deacons and eight Permanent Deacons were ordained by Bishop Douglas Deshotel on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 10 AM at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Seminarians Connor Poirrier, Seth Lemaire, and Casey Dugas were ordained Transitional Deacons. They have been assigned to the following parishes and will undergo their final year of education and training before their expected ordination to the priesthood in 2021.

Reverend Mr. Casey René Dugas
Appointed to Sacred Heart Parish in Ville Platte

Reverend Mr. Connor Patrick Poirrier
Appointed to Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville

Reverend Mr. Seth Mitchell Lemaire
Appointed to Saint Peter Parish in New Iberia until his return for further studies at North American College.

Albert Alexander, Richard Castañeda, Adam Conque, Shawn Gautreaux, Bryan Istre, Michael McKee, David Menard, and Kyle Polozola were ordained Permanent Deacons. They have been appointed for a five-year term at the following parishes:

Deacon Albert George Alexander
Appointed to Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

Deacon Richard Cornelio Castanẽda
Appointed to Saint Edmond in Lafayette.

Deacon Adam Louis Conque
Appointed to Saint Edmond in Lafayette.

Deacon Shawn Jude Gautreaux
Appointed to Saint Bernard in Breaux Bridge.

Deacon Bryan Kade Istre
Appointed to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Kaplan.

Deacon Todd Michael McKee
Appointed to Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

Deacon David Wayne Menard
Appointed to Saint Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau.

Deacon Kyle Patrick Polozola
Appointed to Our Lady of Wisdom in Lafayette.

Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! God bless y’all!