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Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain candidate ordained a Deacon in Louisiana

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THIBODAUX, La. (Archdiocese for M.S., U.S.A)– The Reverend Mr. Daniel Duplantis, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Saturday, May 25, in Thibodaux, LA. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).

Deacon Duplantis, 25, is participating in the program for  priestly formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. His diaconal ordination was celebrated at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux. AMS Auxiliary Bishop William (Bill) Muhm concelebrated the 10:00 a.m. ordination Mass.

Also in attendance were the new deacon’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Duplantis III, his brother, Mr. Matthew Duplantis, his sister, Ms. Emily Duplantis, and members of his extended family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The Rev. Mr. Duplantis is a 2012 graduate of Central Lafourche High School in Mathews, LA, and a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict, LA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Liberal Arts, after which he commissioned into the Air Force Reserve. He is scheduled to be ordained a priest next year.

The Air Force chaplain candidate said he discovered his vocation through the example of the priests who served in his home parish of Saint Louis King of France in Houma, LA. “I was inspired by their zeal and enthusiasm,” he said. Commenting on his diaconal ordination, he said, “I am amazed at how fast the time flies in seminary. Reaching this point in formation has made me so grateful for all the years spent thus far since there is much to be learned before ordination. I would encourage any beginning seminarian to take it a day at a time and use each day as an opportunity to grow. A lot of growth can happen in six to nine years.”

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