Deacons Derek Ducote, Daniel Hart, and Gus “Dutch” Voltz will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral by Bishop David Talley. Following the ordination Mass, a reception will be held in Xavier Hall.
Derek Ducote and his parents Kelly and Chris Ducote, are members of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria.
After attending St. Frances Cabrini School and graduating from Holy Savior Menard Central High School in 2001, he entered seminary at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, La. Four years later, he graduated from St. Joseph Seminary with a B.A. in Philosophy.
But shortly after graduation, Derek stepped out of formation for a few years to better discern his vocation. During his 8-year hiatus from formation, he worked for a law firm in Baton Rouge for a year and taught for seven years in the classroom, -- five of those seven years at Holy Savior Menard. In early 2013, he returned to the seminary, this time at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He recently graduated with a degree in Theology
He will celebrate his first Mass on June 17 at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Marksville and on June 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. He will serve as parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Assumption in Cottonport.
Daniel Jude Hart, the son of Johnnie and Timothy Hart, is a parishioner of St. Martin Church in Lecompte. He attended St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School and graduated from Holy Savior Menard Central High School in 2009.
After graduation he attended Louisiana State University in Alexandria for a year before entering seminary at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington. There he completed three years of studies in philosophy.
From 2013-2017, Hart attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he recently graduated with a degree in Theology.
After his first Mass on Sunday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Martin Church in Lecompte, he will serve as parochial vicar of St. Rita Church in Alexandria.
Gus “Dutch” Aloysius Voltz III, son of Kathleen Voltz and the late Gus A. Voltz Jr., is a lifelong resident of Alexandria.
He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor School and graduated from Holy Savior Menard Central High School in 1970. After graduation he attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and in 1974 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU in Baton Rouge.
Later, he received a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and practiced law in Alexandria for more than 30 years. For several years, he served as an advocate and auditor for the Diocesan Tribunal.
In 2011, Voltz entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, where he recently graduated with a degree in Theology.
After his first Mass on Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria, he will serve as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Church in Marksville.