Friday, January 10, 2014, 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Rev. Stephen Scott Chemino will serve as guest homilist of this year's Red Mass.
ReverendChemino is a native of Avoyelles Parish and pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Bunkie. As a son of the parish in which he is now pastor, he received his early education from the Sisters of Divine Providence and Brothers of the Holy Eucharist.
Father Chemino graduated from Central Louisiana Academy and entered Louisiana State University in 1973. Before graduating from LSU in 1977 he was inducted into and later elected state president of Gamma Beta Phi collegiate honor society.
In 1980 he entered Southern University Law Center where he received the Bancroft-Whitney Scholarship for excellence in the study of American Constitutional Law. While a law student, he served as clerk and senior clerk for the Legislative Bureau of the Louisiana State Senate. Graduating with honors, he was published in Southern Law Review and admitted to the Louisiana Bar in October 1983.
In 1989 he left the practice of law to enter Notre Dame Seminary for the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. Completing philosophy studies at Loyola University and First Theology at Notre Dame, he entered Theological College at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Father completed priestly formation through the Society of Saint Sulpice and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Catholic University. He also completed adjunct studies at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington. After ordination in 1993, Father Chemino has served as a parish and school pastor in Plaucheville, Alexandria, Natchitoches, and Bunkie.
During these years he returned to The Catholic University of America to complete studies in Canon Law. Father received the Juris Canonici Licentiate in 2002 – contemporary with the Dallas Charter and norms for Safe Environment within the Church. In 2004 Most Reverend William Friend appointed him Defender of Justice and Review Board Administrator.
In 2007 Father Chemino was appointed Director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Alexandria by its new bishop, Most Reverend Ronald P. Herzog. In 2010 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Vicar General.
Father is a student of French School spirituality for lay and priestly Catholic life. He also enjoys Carmelite studies. A twenty-year member of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, he serves on its Board of Directors and is Regional Coordinator for ecumenical events in central Louisiana. He serves on multiple boards and committees for the Diocese of Alexandria and other social and civic organizations. An avid enthusiast of Louisiana life, culture, and history, he enjoys all things Acadian!