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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 –Tammy Welch, a parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry, was named the “Distinguished Catholic of the Year” by St. Peter Claver Court and Council #168 of St. Henry Catholic Church at the recent Sapphire and Ice Gala fundraiser. Msgr. Daniel Torres, pastor of St. Henry and diocesan Vicar General, made the presentation to Mrs. Welch.

Msgr. Daniel Torres, who introduced the winner during his remarks, pointed out that Ms. Welch, a staff member of St. Peter the Apostle, has been a parishioner there for 56 years. “She is very dedicated, loving, supportive, and a hard worker in her community and church parish,” Msgr. Torres said. “Recognized by her community for her devoted love and service to her fellow man, Welch organizes each year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for the poor and needy.
“She takes the youth of the parish to Christmas carol to the sick and elderly, offering them hope during the Christmas season,” he continued. “ She always makes sure that children who may need help with clothes, food or school supplies are aided. Promoting the values of life, she has accompanied parish youth to the national March for Life to Washington, DC, for the past five years evangelizing the Catholic faith to the nation that “All Life Matters.”
(In the photo at left, Bishop Glen John Provost, left, presents the 2015 “Distinguished Catholic of the Year” award to Tammy Welch of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry, middle, with St. Peter the Apostle pastor, Father Gijo Ikkaramattom, H.G.N.)

Welch worked tirelessly following the hurricanes of Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 by helping with cooking, doctoring, and helping firemen, medical personnel, the Office of Emergency Preparedness, and local cattlemen during the after the devastating aftermath of the storms.

“She serves an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, lectors for funerals and weddings, is director of Religious Education at St. Peter, is involved in the Cursillo movement, the parish bereavement committee, Legion of Mary, coordinator of Catholic Charities for the parish, and a Confirmation and First Communion teacher,” Msgr. Torres continued. Welch has been previously honored for her work with the Devoted Service Medal from the Diocese.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support College-level seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles and the St. Henry Catholic Church’s Building Bridges Capital Campaign, which is in its second year.
Pastors of the church parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles were asked to nominate an individual for the award, except for St. Henry since it was serving as a host for the gala.

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