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Ian Bozant: Katrina’s loss showed God’s love

bozant8593    I was born a triplet to Bruce and Dorine Bozant on June 8, 1988. My two sisters, Heather and Dominique, and I have always been very close.
    We grew up in Chalmette and attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish and School. Heather and I attended OLPS from pre-kindergarten through seventh grade, and Dominique, who was diagnosed with a learning disability, attended the local public schools because of their special education programs.

    Growing up, my faith was incredibly important to me. My great-grandmother, grandmother and parents are truly the pillars of my faith. Some of my fondest memories include family recitations of the rosary, regular novenas, prayer vigils, shrine visits, candles, Good Friday devotions, Stations of the Cross and regular Mass.
    I attended Holy Cross from seventh grade until my senior year. There, I discovered my passion for music by joining the band, playing the clarinet and piano. I also began to take seriously my interest in science, looking into several extracurriculars that would give me more experience in this area, especially in astronomy.  
    My senior year at Holy Cross was 2005 – the year of Katrina. School had just begun when the storm ravaged our beloved city. My family and I evacuated to Houston, and we were contacted by a priest friend of mine who was a teacher at a school in California. The priest offered Heather and me a place in his school and a host family to stay with.
    My family and I decided this was for the best, and, trusting in God’s providence, we flew to California with literally the clothes on our backs. Truly, God provided and did so in abundance.
    Heather and I graduated from Notre Dame High School in California in June 2006, and I went to Villanova University to study astronomy and astrophysics.
    My first inkling that God might be calling me to the priesthood really began in the second grade, when I remember practicing Mass on a folding table with cups, crackers and a sheet. That same year, we had a project for our religion class where I had to “celebrate” Mass in class. I remember being more excited about it than most.
    Looking back, I can see God working in many ways to point me in this direction – hindsight is 20/20. It was in my junior year when I was on a service retreat for Holy Cross that I really felt God calling me personally. “Consider the priesthood,” I could hear God saying in the context of silent prayer. It was an invitation, not a demand.
    I spent two years at Villanova discerning if this really was God’s call and then entered the seminary in 2008, being strongly supported by my parents but not by many others. After five years of discernment, the church has confirmed this vocation in calling me to orders as a transitional deacon. I am excited to give my life to the service of the church and Christ, being supported by the prayers of the saints and the faithful of the archdiocese.

Age: 24
Birthplace: Chalmette
Home Parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
Parents: Bruce and Dorine Bozant
Education: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School; Holy
Cross High School (2005); Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California (2005); Villanova University (2008), entered St. Joseph’s Seminary College (2008); Notre Dame Seminary (2010)
Favorite Food: Seafood and/or potato chips
Tell us something people don’t know about you: When I was at Villanova University, I worked with a professor funded by a NASA science grant to research dying stars.
Favorite Saint:  St. Therese of Lisieux,
St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope St. Pius X
Favorite Book (Religious and Non-Religious):  “The Soul of the Apostolate” by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard or “The Literal Exposition of Job” by St. Thomas Aquinas; “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Hobbies: Piano, organ and reading
Summer Internships:  St. Ann Church and Shrine (2009), Institute of Priestly Formation (2010), Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Chalmette (2011), Clinical Pastoral Education at East Jefferson Hospital (2012)
Diaconate Internship: St. Clement of Rome, Metairie