A new bishop for Lafayette Diocese
Bishop John Douglas Deshotel, 58, was installed April 15 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist as the seventh Bishop of Lafayette.
Bishop Deshotel, a native of Basile, Louisiana, and a priest of the Diocese of Dallas, succeeds Bishop Michael Jarrell. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on May 13, 1978. In 2010, he was ordained as auxiliary bishop of Dallas.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Bishop Jarrell escorted Bishop Deshotel to the bishop’s cathedra, a symbol of episcopal ministry since ancient times. Archbishop Aymond then presented Bishop Deshotel with the bishop’s staff – or crosier – which once belonged to Bishop Maurice Schexnayder, who ordained Bishop Deshotel to the priesthood in 1978.