Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Redemptorist Catholic School are happy to welcome Deacon Sal Istre to our community for his Deacon Internship. We look forward to his work among us for the next few months! Below is a message from Deacon Istre to our Parish and School.
Hello to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish! My name is Deacon Sal Istre, and Bishop Deshotel has assigned me to your parish from early June until early October. This is my first assignment as an ordained minister, and I am honored to be with you. I am very excited to get to know each of you and your families over the coming weeks.
Here’s a little bit about me: I am originally from Lafayette. I grew up in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and I went to Fatima School and St. Thomas More High School. I entered seminary right out of High School – at 17 years old, I was the youngest in my class. I studied philosophy at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Covington for four years. Then, I moved to Maryland and studied at Mount St. Mary’s for one year. In 2016, I moved to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. I will complete my final year of theological studies at Notre Dame in 2019.
By the grace of God, I was ordained a Deacon on May 26th of this year in our Cathedral. After I finish my assignment at Immaculate Heart of Mary, I will return to Notre Dame Seminary to finish my degree in theology. Then, in June of 2019, Bishop Deshotel will ordain me and two of my classmates to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.
For as long as I can remember, I knew that God was calling me to the pritsthood. I’ve always known in my mind and in my heart that I was called to serve the People of God as a priest. At St. Thomas More, I realized that I had to respond to God’s will in a concrete way. I had to take the plunge and enter seminary. I’ve been on an eight year journey to ordination since 2011 and I’ve loved most every moment of it. I thank God every day for giving me the courage to respond to his call and follow his will.
I look forward to serving you and getting to know you over the next five months. Know that you are in my daily prayers, and I ask that you please pray for me! May God bless you all abundantly.
“May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance” (Jude 1:2)
In Christ, Deacon Istre