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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.

(Special from the Office of Religious Education)
LAKE CHARLES -- On Saturday, December 5, over 100 middle school students from around the Diocese of Lake Charles participated in the Inaugural Diocese of Lake Charles Quiz Bowl at Saint Louis Catholic High School.

The day began with an opening prayer and word of welcome from The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, who wanted to begin this event in order to bring students into a deeper knowledge and love of their faith. Weeks prior to the event, one young lady from the winning team remarked that she was grateful to have had the opportunity to study and participate in Quiz Bowl, whether she won or lost. Certainly, we hope all the participants feel the same way, as they gained the knowledge from more than 200 questions, which they were given to study.
As the day progressed and teams were eliminated, students from around the Diocese had the opportunity to get to know each other in different games and icebreakers.  At the end of the day, the game came down to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish and Saint Martin de Porres Parish. The final round was held before the full audience, with Our Lady Help of Christians coming in first place. The winning team received $1,600 ($400 per student) and the second place team received $800 ($200 per student). Both teams graciously accepted their awards and went back to their parishes to celebrate!
As the teams discussed what they wanted to do with the money, the team from Our Lady Help of Christians remembered a woman they met at morning Mass that day who said she knew a teenage mother who was in need of a crib and mattress. One of the girls noted that would be a worthy use of their prize money. However, when they got back to Our Lady Help of Christians, the crib and mattress had already been donated because people knew that the winning team was thinking about spending their money on that project. This team certainly learned that our faith is something to be known and lived.
We look forward to an even more lively competition on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The questions are already available at: https://quizlet.com/_1nngfj with the password: dolc. You too can check out the questions to see and learn what our young people are learning. You will be impressed! If you have questions about next year’s Quiz Bowl or would like to make a donation contact Sister Miriam MacLean, RSM by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 337-439-7400, Ext. 305.






The Inaugural Quiz Bowl was a great success, according to Sr. Miriam MacLean, RSM, Director of Religious Education. The team from Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings captured first place. Pictured with Sr. Miriam in the photo at left, are, from left to right, Rachel Wild, Kate Watkins, Emma Granger, and Mary Caraway. In the right photo, the runners-up from St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Lake Charles are, from left, Aiden Manuel, Amelia Sarver, Sr. Miriam, Derek David, and Jessie Cormier.

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