Father William Blanda was announced as the new pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Chancellor of Catholic High School in the Spring of 2014. He has been closely involved with Catholic education for many years, previously holding the post of Chancellor at Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville for 12 years. Prior to that, he served on the Diocesan School Board.
Father Blanda was born July 20, 1963 in Harvey, Louisiana. He obtained his bachelor’s in Philosophy from Saint Joseph Seminary College and his Religion Theology degree (M.Div.) from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1990, he was ordained to the Diaconate at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. One year later, he was ordained by Bishop Harry J. Flynn. He has held numerous diocesan appointments and positions and served at several parishes across the Diocese of Lafayette.