Disciples of the Lord
Missionary Priests for the New Evangelization
About the NDS Vision of Formation
Pastoral Formation
Pastoral formation, the culmination of the entire formation process, prepares mento enter into communion with the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd.
Pastoral Formation at NDS
Spiritual Formation
Formation steadily points to the center, which is spiritual formation...the core which unifies and gives life to being a priest and acting as a priest
Spiritual Formation at NDS
Intellectual Formation
There is a reciprocal relationship between spiritual and intellectual formation in accordance with the classical adage credo ut intelligam (‘I believe in order to know’).
Intellectual Formation at NDS
Human Formation
The human personality of the priest is to be a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ the Redeemer of the human race.
Human Formation at NDS


July 1, 2022

On July 1st, we officially welcomed Fr. Joshua J. Rodrigue, S.T.L. as the 17th Rector of Notre Dame Seminary.

Fr. Josh Rodrigue grew up in the St. Charles Community in Thibodaux, LA, and graduated from E.D. White Catholic High School. After completing minor seminary studies at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, Fr. Rodrigue spent five years in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux on August 10, 2002. 
Following his Ordination to the Priesthood, Fr. Rodrigue returned to Rome for his last year of studies to complete the licentiate degree in sacramental theology. After returning to the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Fr. Rodrigue served in the diocese as Associate Pastor at Holy Cross Church in Morgan City, Pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Bayou Black, and Rector at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma. In 2017, Fr. Rodrigue was granted permission to serve at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he has served as Director of Pastoral Formation and a Formation Advisor and then as Director of Spiritual Formation and as a Spiritual Director.
Since 2006, Fr. Rodrigue has been involved in seminary formation and over the years, has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Joseph Seminary College (2006-2017), Notre Dame Seminary (2008-2009), the Pontifical Gregorian University (2017-2018), and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (2018-present).


2023 ILEM Commissioning

The Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM) of Notre Dame Seminary is a 23-credit hour formation program for lay leaders throughout the Archdiocese of New

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2022 Christmas Luncheon

On Friday, December 2, 2022, Fr. Josh Rodrigue, Rector/President of NDS, and Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Chancellor of NDS, welcomed guests to our annual Christmas Luncheon

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Eucharistic Procession

Notre Dame Seminary celebrated the Annual Eucharistic Day which included Holy Mass, a Eucharistic Procession from St. Rita Church to Notre Dame Seminary, afternoon Adoration,

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Acolyte Institution

Bishop Michael Duca, the Bishop of Baton Rouge, instituted seminarians into the ministry of acolyte on Monday, October 10th. The ministry of acolyte is the

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Legatus Dinner

On Tuesday,  September 27th, the New Orleans Chapter of Legatus hosted the seminary community for Mass and Dinner. The evening included Mass and a delicious

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