Fr. Aurelio D. Luzon, Jr.
Born on September 20, 1970 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. My nickname if FR. DODONG, but when I was assigned in ANNUNZIATA CHURCH in Houma, La. way back 2004-2007 the parishioners there used to call me FR. D, just the first letter of my nickname to make it easier to remember and easier to pronounce. So…call me FR. DDuring my elementary years I studied at Holy Spirit School in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. A catholic school run by nuns of the SISTER SERVANTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Then in 1983 I entered in IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SEMINARY for my hi-school years, and still in the same seminary I took my Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy for my college degree. And after graduating in the said seminary I went to another big island of Cebu, in Cebu city (as Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands) and there I studied my Theology at SEMINARIO MAYOR DE SAN CARLOS and was ordained to PRIESTHOOD in June 3, 1996 at 25 yrs of age.
In my 20 years of Priestly ministry, I was assigned to 7 churches and spent 16 years as a pastor in my Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines.
Now, this is my second time to be here in this diocese of Houma-Thibodaux serving the people of God. The First time was at ANNUNZIATA CHURCH in Huma in 2004-2007, during the time of Bishop Sam Jacobs, and now at St. Joseph co– Cathedral.
I’m so grateful that Bishop Shelton Fabre gave me the chance to serve the people here and so also to Fr. Jay Baker for accepting me as his associate and to all the church’s working staff….MABUHAY!”
Fr. Jay Baker
Fr. Jay, a native of Houma, graduated from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Summa Cum Laude. He was in the last class of deacons to be ordained priests by Bishop Boudreaux in 1992. While serving in various parishes as Associate Pastor, he was appointed Vocation Director by Bishop Jarrell. He later sent Fr. Jay to Université Saint-Paul in Ottawa, Canada where he earned his Licentiate in Canon Law. While serving Bishop Jacobs as his Vicar General, Fr. Jay was assigned to St. Joseph as Rector. Fr. Jay has taken groups to the Third World to do mission work and has led several pilgrimages to Italy but finds his deepest joy in helping people respond to the presence of God in the common, ordinary experiences of daily life.