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Curriculum Vitae

Rev. Michael H. Champagne
Community of Jesus Crucified, CJC
103 Railroad Avenue
St. Martinville, La. 70582
(337)394-6550
frchampagne@yahoo.com




Date of birth: November 7, 1963
Hometown: Leonville, LA
Parents: Howard and Sarah Champagne
Siblings: Five sisters and three brothers
High School Graduation: May 1981
frchampagne@yahoo.com
Canonical Novitiate: June 1989 - July 1990, Trappist Monks, Conyers
Religious Profession: September 14, 1990
Diaconate Ordination: December 18, 1993
Ordination to the Priesthood: May 28, 1994

Pastoral Experience - Health Care

  • Counselor on AIDS hotline (Lafayette CARES, 1991)
  • HIV testing counselor (University Medical Center - 1991)
  • Member of Ethics Committee Medical Center of the Southwest (Sept. 1995 - April 1998)
  • Member of Bishop's Task Force on Reproductive Technology
  • Member of the board of directors of Lafayette Women's Center

Assignments/Chaplaincy

  • NAVY chaplain candidate program officer (1992 - 1996)
    • CCPO chaplaincy course (Naples, Italy - 1992)
    • Lectures to Navy chaplains
    • Experience with interfaith staff and clients
  • Chaplain to Gli Apostoli di Maria per la Nuova Evangelizzazione (Velletri, Italy, 1994 - 1995)
  • Chaplain at Medical Center of the Southwest, Lafayette, LA (September 1995 - April 1998)
  • Chaplain to Hospice of Acadiana, Lafayette (April 1998 - present)
  • Member of Council of Priests (1999 - 2001, 2006 - present)
  • Member of the Diocesan Consultors(2006-2008, 2012-2014)
  • Director of Fete-Dieu du Teche, LLC (2015-present)
  • Director of St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy (2016-present)
  • Director of the Aquinas Institute for Theology and Catholic Studies (July 2006 - 2012; January 2017-present)
  • Adjunct Spiritual Director at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans (2007-present)
  • Community of Jesus Crucified, St. Martinville, LA
    • Counseling and spiritual direction (1995 - present)
    • Religious superior (1996 - present)

Teaching

  • Cursillo leader school and formation (10 years)
  • Adult education classes on Catechism of the Catholic Church (4 years)
  • Religion classes at Marymount International School – Rome, Italy (2 years)
  • Spirituality course for Holy Cross Extension Program
  • Faculty member of Aquinas Institute and Director (2006-present)
  • Conferences on the consecrated life
  • Clergy study days for various dioceses in the United States
  • Conferences and missions in preparation for the Jubilee 2000
  • Diaconate theological formation program in Diocese of Lafayette – Ecclesiology
  • Preached over 100 parish missions and retreats
  • Numerous retreats and seminars for the Missionaries of Charity in the US and abroad
  • Retreat master at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center (1995 - present)
  • Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans (2007-present)

Education

University

  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1986(3.2/4.0)
  • Pontificia Universita' Gregoriana, Rome, Italy
    STB, 1993 (Magna cum laude)
  • Pontificia Universit' di San Tomasso, Rome, Italy
    STL, 1995 (Summa cum Laude)
  • Pontificia Universit' di San Tomasso, Rome, Italy
    STD, 2006 (Magna cum Laude)

LANGUAGES

  • Italiadea School of Languages, Rome, Italy
    • Intensive Italian Language Course (September 1991)
  • l'Universite Catholique d'Ouest, Angers, France
    • Intensive French Studies (September 1992)
  • l'Institut Catholique, Paris, France
    • Intensive French Program (July 1993)
  • Notre Dame School of Theology, New Orleans, LA
    • Ecclesiastical Latin (1990 - 1991)
    • New Testament Greek (1990 - 1991)
  • Schola Superior Litterarum Latinarum, Rome, Italy
    • Latin Language (1992 - 1995)

PUBLICATIONS

  • "Religious Life and its Sacramental Characteristics: An Historical Study." STL thesis, University of St. Thomas, Rome, 1995.
  • "Joy in Suffering" Position Paper 302 (February 1999): 45-52.
  • "The Holy Spirit: Convincer of Sin," Sacerdos, English Edition, vol. 6, no. 20 (March-April 1999): 23-25.
  • "The Holy Spirit and Suffering," Sacerdos, English Edition, vol. 7, no. 25 (January-February 2000): 24-28.
  • "An Inquiry into the Relation between St. Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta." STD thesis, University of St. Thomas, Rome, 2006.
  • "An Examen for Married Couples," Liguorian, vol. 104, no. 1 (January 2016): 24-26
  • "Sainte Therese et Mere Teresa: Ames soeurs, "Therese de Lisieux, no. 948 (November 2013): 7-8
  • "The Way of Therese and the Spirit of Mother Teresa,"Teresianum vol. 67, no. 1 (2016/1): 95-131.
  • "The Trial of Faith of Saint Therese," Teresianum vol. 67, no.2 (2016/2): 395-434

Employment

  • W & H Stock Farm, Leonville, LA
    • Tractor Driver 1979 - 1981
  • Wyble Oilfield Contractors, Opelousas, LA
    • Mechanic/Roustabout 5/82 - 7/82
  • LSU Duplications, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Operator 8/82 - 5/85
  • Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), Cohouma, TX
    • Summer Engineer 5/85 - 8/85
  • Louisiana Power and Light Company, New Orleans, LA
    • Mechanical Engineer 7/86 - 6/88
  • Hospice of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA
    • Chaplain 4/98 - 7/04; 3/06 - present


Aquinas Institute for Theology and Catholic Studies
103 Railroad Avenue
St. Martinville, Louisiana 70582
(337)394-6550