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Priesthood & Transitional Diaconate Ordination


Bishop Michael Duca has set the date for the combined ordination of Deacon Matthew Dunn to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ and Mr. Taylor Sanford to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, August 1st at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Deacon Matthew Dunn

Deacon Matthew Dunn, who grew up in French Settlement, admitted he “kind of fell away” from the idea of priesthood, until he became more active in his church during his teen years. At St. Joseph Church in French Settlement, Deacon Dunn was a member of the youth group, a lector and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Then, his path became a little clearer when he attended his first
diocesan youth conference at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge at the age of 14.

After graduating from French Settlement High School, Deacon Dunn entered St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict. He graduated from St. Joseph in 2016 and
has recently completed his studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.


Taylor Sanford

Taylor Sanford, a life-long member of St. George Catholic Church, attended St. George School and Catholic High School in his early years. After high school he entered LSU
to study Chemical Engineering. It was at the Catholic Student Center at LSU where he fell in love with Jesus Christ and desired to lay down his life for His Bride, the Church.

His first two years of formation were spent at St. Joseph Seminary College where he spent much of his time studying, praying, running, and playing ultimate frisbee. After graduating from St. Ben’s he moved to New Orleans to attend Notre Dame Seminary to complete his studies. Taylor is currently assigned as a summer intern at Ascension of our Lord and St. Francis of Assisi in Donaldsonville.

A Reflection on Priesthood

“I believe, in fact, that this is the best time in the history of the church to be a priest, because it is a time when there can be only one reason for being a priest or for remaining a priest – that is, to “be with” Christ. It is not for perks or applause or respect or position or money or any other worldly gain or advantage. Those things either no longer exist or are swiftly passing. The priest of today is forced to choose whether he wants to give himself to the real Christ, who embraced poverty, including the poverty of the common-place, rejection, misrepresentation – the real Christ of the Gospels – or whether, with the mistaken throngs of Jesus’ time, he wants an earthly, worldly messiah for whom success follows upon success.”

-Archbishop Quinn, Retired Archbishop of San Francisco



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