Fr. Kevin Bordelon, born on October 18, 1978, grew up in the small farming community of Vidrine in the heart of Evangeline Parish. The oldest of three children, he graduated from Vidrine High School in 1996 as the salutatorian.
He received a B.A. in History from LSU in May of 2000, Summa cum laude. He attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for philosophical formation. Father Bordelon completed his theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, MA where he received both the M.Div. and the M.A. degrees.
Ordained by Bishop Jarrell on June 11, 2005, his first assignment was at St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville. In 2007 he was transferred to St. Genevieve’s in Lafayette where he served for only 13 months. In August of 2008 he was named pastor of St. Leo IV in Roberts Cove and St. Edmund’s Chapel in Branch. Fr. Bordelon served on the Council of Priests from 2008 to 2010, as well as Secretary of that body in 2009, and Vice- Chairman in 2010.
In 2009 he was appointed Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests. Since July 1, 2011 Father Bordelon has served as Director of Vocations and Seminarians and Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. In addition, he continues to serve as Assistant Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Jarrell.
On July 1, 2015 he begins serving as Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rayne in addition to his duties as Director of Vocations, Seminarians, and Ongoing Formation of Priests.
Rev. Samuel Fontana – Associate Pastor Phone: 337-334-2193
I was born in Abbeville and raised in Lafayette, the son of Paul and Rose Fontana. I was a parishioner of St. Pius X and attended public schools in Lafayette. After graduating form Lafayette High School in 2005, I studied at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, then the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where I earned a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in philosophy. I finished my seminary studies in 2014 at Mount St. Mary Seminary in rural Maryland. I was ordained to the priesthood on June 21st, 2014 and arrived here in Rayne two weeks later.
So far, priesthood has been a strange and fascinating experience, something I could not have chosen for myself. It is a wonder and a mystery. I hope to understand it better one day, and maybe begin to offer adequate thanksgiving for such a gift.
Tim Ledet – Deacon Email:
Pope Benedict XVI recently commented to one of his priests to leave “I” behind and enjoy the freedom of “we.” He commented on how the whole of Vatican II Council was focused on moving away from the idea of individual spirituality. Our spirituality has to be centered on each other! It’s that very point that planted the seed for me to enter Diaconate study. I remember like yesterday being in Church and realizing the importance of community. Left alone I was usually discouraged by weakness and lack of direction. But when I was gathered with others in any expression of love, joy, faith, hope, friendship, mourning…without doubt, there was always a sense of being, feeling, accomplishment, purpose, satisfaction, life…And one day, in the most important gathering of all, the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus called me to consummate that commitment to service, by pursuing clerical ministry.
It’s a tall order to lose the word “I” and focus on “We.” However, the concept certainly compliments scripture. Our commitment to Jesus by serving the least of His brethren is our primary spiritual focus. It’s a prescription that cures shaky friendships, strengthens marriages, makes for healthier children, the list goes on and on. We no longer act for ourselves, but our actions are for the nourishment of others.
Regardless of your vocation, the most gratifying effect of all from a life of service is its liberating effect. There’s such freedom in living life for others. There’s no deceptions, no wonder. Expectations are focused on heaven, so hurt and confusion are gone. Start small, start at home. I’m reminded of a recent article Mr. Floyd Gautreaux, St. Joseph Parishioner, wrote on joy. In it he so eloquently articulated the rewards experienced by those who focus on bringing joy to others. He said, regardless of the circumstances do your best to bring joy to others, even if it’s as simple as smiling and greeting a perfect stranger. The true recipient of joy is you!
Denis LaCroix – Deacon Email:
Welcome to the St. Joseph Parish website! As a Catholic community of believers we welcome you to live out your gospel call to holiness as a part of our family!
My name is Deacon Denis LaCroix. I was baptized at St. Joseph’s, served here as an Altar Server for many years, was educated at Rayne Catholic Elementary and Notre Dame High School, received the sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation at St. Joseph’s and married my wonderful wife in the sanctuary of our beautiful church. My roots run deep in this parish and I am so honored to call St. Joseph’s my home!
I’m the oldest child of the late Cleo LaCroix and Julia Falcon LaCroix Breaux. I’m married to an amazing Irish New Orleans lady, Shawn Murphy LaCroix, and we have two awesome daughters, Rachel and Brittany, who attend Notre Dame High School.
I was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Lafayette by Bishop Michael Jarrell on August 25, 2012…19 years after receiving what I discerned as my initial call to the Diaconate. My hope for you is that you persevere in the call God has given you.
The purpose of a Deacon’s ministry is to imitate “Christ the Servant” – the One who came not to be served, but to serve. My prayer is that God will use my Diaconate ministry to inspire all in our community to be of service to others…given our incredible parishioners; this prayer is constantly being answered!
Tommy Adams – Deacon Email:
My name is Deacon Tommy Adams Sr, and I was ordained on August, 18 2012. I am married to Peggy Credur Adams for 30 plus years. I have three children Tommy Adams Keller, Deidre Adams Clement, and Thomas E Adams II. My wife and I have 7 grandchildren and one on the way. My call to service began before the year 1998 shortly before I made my handicapped Cursillo in that same year. As my prayer life improved, I began searching for ways to serve others. After several years of service I attended the Q&A portion of the Diaconate program. After much prayer I entered the program asking God to help me be the best servant I could be. I dedicated the remainder of my life to Him and the Church and it has been a rewarding and successful ministry to say the least. At this time I would like to thank the parishioners of St. Joseph for all of the prayers and support that I have been given since my ordination. I would also ask them to continue to pray for me and the other priests and deacons in our parish. We are all here for the glory of God, and if I am needed please call.
– Deacon Tommy Adams
Clergy contact information may be obtained from the parish office at (337)-334-2193. For after hours emergencies, your call will be directed to an answering service.
Regular Weekly Mass Times
Sun. 7am - 10am - 5:30pm
MWF 6:30 am
Tues. and Thurs. 12:05 pm