Mr. Glenn Farnet is nearing the completion of his studies in the permanent diaconate program and has been assigned to Our Lady of Mercy as an intern for the next year to complete his pastoral formation. The internship experience is a vital step in helping the Deacon-candidate form a bridge into parish life.
Dear Mercy Parishioners,
My name is Glenn Farnet and I have been assigned to Our Lady of Mercy parish for my pastoral diaconate internship. I first started discerning a call to the Permanent Diaconate in 2010 at which time I entered the Religious Studies Institute of the Baton Rouge Diocese. I completed the three-year classroom instruction component of the program in 2013 but decided that the timing was not right to enter into the final two years of formation. I continued with religious studies on my own but felt the call to enter back into formation in 2016. By then, the Permanent Diaconate formation program had been restructured so I “started over” in the new, five-year formation program offered by the Diocese in partnership with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) here in Baton Rouge. I completed my fourth year of formation this past May, and I am now entering into a one-year internship with Our Lady of Mercy as I complete my 5th and final year of formation. God willing, I will be ordained in June 2021.
I was born and raised in Metairie and graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 1982. After high school graduation, I moved to Baton Rouge to study Computer Science at LSU. It was at LSU where I met my beautiful wife Christine. After graduating with my Bachelor of Science from LSU, I entered LSU Law School graduating in 1990. I clerked with the Louisiana Supreme Court, then joined the law firm of Kean Miller LLP where I’ve been employed since 1991. I am a partner in the firm and practice in the area of civil litigation.
My wife Christine and I have been married for thirty-one years and have four children: Michael (27), Emily (24), Jonathan (21), and Mary Elise (14). We’ve been members of St. George Parish for the last twenty-three years. Our oldest daughter, Emily, is married to Andrew McAlister, and they reside in Baton Rouge where they attend St. Anne’s Church in Sorrento, where Andrew is a Music Minister. I am currently a lector and RCIA Scripture Sharer at St. George. I also serve as lector and altar server for noon Mass at the Cathedral and I was previously involved in PSR teaching (10th grade) and Confirmation preparation at St. Agnes.
Christine was born and raised in Zachary and graduated from Zachary High School in 1981. She graduated from LSU in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science. Christine was raised in the Baptist faith but went through RCIA at Christ the King at LSU and was received into the Catholic Church in 1988. In her “former life,” Christine was a Systems Analyst for General Health, Inc., and Cajun Electric. After the birth of our first child, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom, and after several years felt a calling to homeschool our children. She is a former Co-Director and the current Treasurer of Holy Family Homeschoolers, a Catholic homeschool support group comprised of approximately 150 families in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
I am excited to start this new journey and look forward to getting to know all of you during my time here at Mercy. Please pray for me as I will be praying for all of you!