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2018-2019 DOLC Seminarians

Thirteen Men Return To Seminary Studies

The 2018-2019 class of men continuing their discernment and training for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles is one of its largest and each man has been assigned to various seminaries by Bishop Glen John Provost. The Bishop, seen center in the above photo, is seated with the class. Seated with him are, from left, Andrew DeRouen, Joseph Caraway, Deacon Michael Caraway, and Levi Thompson. Standing, from left, are Michael Beverung, Alec January, Josh Page, Conner Chaisson, Samuel Bond, Treville Belcher, Lai Nguyen, Olin Scot Chester, and Garrett Broussard. Belcher, Chaisson, and Broussard are the three newest men accepted by Bishop Provost for entry into the seminary. Deacon Michael Caraway, who will return to the Pontifical North American College in Rome following his fall internship, was ordained to the diaconate in June. He will join three other men, at the PNAC - Andrew DeRouen, Joseph Caraway, and Levi Thompson. Deacon Caraway will be completing his fourth year of theological study while the trio are in their third theological year. They, along with Sam Bond, studying at Notre Dame Seminary College in New Orleans, are expected, with God’s grace, to be ordained next June to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Provost. The priestly ordination of Deacon Caraway is expected at the same time.

New seminarians, Treville Belcher and Garrett Broussard, both in First Year Pre-Theology at Notre Dame Seminary and Conner Chaisson in First Year College at St. Joseph Seminary College. Alec January and Josh Page are in their fourth year of philosophy study at St. Joseph. Also, at Notre Dame Seminary will be Michael Beverung in second year theology, Lai Nguyen in second year pre-theology, and Olin Scott Chester in first year theology. The men represent 10 church parishes of the diocese – Michael Beverung – Our Lady Queen of Heaven; Sam Bond – Our Lady of LaSalette, DeQuincy; Levi Thompson – St. Theodore, Moss Bluff; Joseph Caraway – St. Charles Borromeo, Fenton and its mission, St. John the Evangelist, Lacassine; Andrew DeRouen – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Lai Nguyen, Garrett Broussard, and Treville Belcher – all Our Lady of Good Counsel; Deacon Michael Caraway – Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings; Alec January – St. Philip Neri, Kinder; Olin Scott Chester – St. Joseph, Vinton; and Josh Page and Conner Chaisson – both Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Sulphur. Rev. Jeffrey Starkovich, the pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley, serves as Director of Seminarians and Vocations for the diocese, overseeing the education, training, and discernment of these men. Additionally, before their return to school, three seminarians – Olin Scott Chester, Michael Beverung, and Sam Bond - were accepted by Bishop Provost to Candidacy for Admission to Holy Orders. The Rite of Admission is celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose regarding his vocation and has shown the necessary qualities for ordained ministry. Through this liturgical rite, a seminarian makes a public intention of receiving Holy Orders and resolves to continue his preparation, in mind and spirit, in order to give faithful service to Christ and His Church.

LAKE CHARLES – Sixteen men studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles will return to their seminary courses later this month in three different seminaries in the United States and Italy.

This summer, these men were assigned to various parishes of the Diocese to assist the pastors of the parishes and learn more about the priest’s pastoral duties to his flock. The 16 are pictured in the photo at left with Bishop Glen John Provost, center. The seminarians are Trey Ange, John Souder, Samuel Orsot, Michael Caraway, Samuel Bond, Joseph Caraway, Randall Edwards, Andy Derouen, Levi Thompson, Addison Pitre, Michael Beverung, Eric Gruspier, Olin Chester, Josh Page, Alec January, and Adam Blake Richard.
During the week of August 5-7, the Diocese hosts its annual Seminarians Seminar at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center. The three-day event includes talks on a given theme pertinent to their formation, this year “Balance and Mature Judgment”.

Bishop  Provost will give the keynote talk introducing the topic and concentrating on an introduction to the pursuit of virtue in the life of the seminarian and the priest. There will be three other presentations during the seminar, give by Father Ruben Buller on “Discretion,” Father Derek Covert on “Wisdom,” and Father Edward Richard, M.S., on “Prudence”. "The virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary for the exercise of the Christian life and most especially for the life of service in our Lord required by the priesthood," Bishop Provost said.

The Vianney House of Discernment and Formation has three men enrolled as residents under the supervision of Father Nathan Long. 
Life at Vianney House moves around three areas of focus: Prayer - Holy Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and Adoration underlie the daily schedule for Vianney residents. The schedule of prayer helps a man to develop discipline and to grow in his love for God. Regular conferences are also given as an instruction in the spiritual life and discernment; Study and Work - Residents are enrolled full-time at the local university or community college and have a part-time job. In addition to forming habits of the soul, the residents learn to form good study skills and a sound work ethic; and Community Life - A sense of fraternity and stability is established among the residents through community meals, outings and recreation. The bonds that develop are truly life-changing and tremendously helpful in facing the challenges of following God’s will. It also gives the residence a sense of the seminary community, though on a smaller scale.

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