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Why do we have a seminarian with us?

The journey to the priesthood is everything but boring. Throughout the school year, men discerning and preparing to become priests attend seminary college for anywhere between six and nine years. Not only do these seminarians focus on academic studies by pursuing a master’s degree, but they also concentrate on growing spiritually, emotionally, and socially. This is to ensure that the seminarian is healthy and strong in mind, body, and soul so that he can be a living image of Jesus Christ as a priest. Each summer, the seminarians are assigned to different church parishes in the diocese in order to experience parish life more closely. This summer, we are happy to have with us Joseph Marcantel. Born and raised in Mamou, Joseph grew up in the country with his 6 brothers and sisters. After moving closer to Lafayette with his family during his adolescent years, he attended John Paul the Great Academy for high school. Upon graduation, Joe began seminary formation at St. Joseph Seminary College (St. Ben’s) in Covington, where he just finished his second year of formation. Joe enjoys blacksmithing, woodworking, and gardening. He is looking forward to spending time with us during the summer months and hopes to meet many of you personally. I encourage each of you to offer Joe warm hospitality this summer by welcoming him into our community and showing him what makes Sacred Heart so special.