LAKE CHARLES – The Fred B. and Ruth B. Zigler Foundation of Jennings, has announced that it has awarded a grant of $48,000.00 to the Diocese of Lake Charles to assist four men from Jefferson Davis Parish studying for the priesthood for the diocese.
The grant will provide tuition assistance totaling $12,000 each at the student's respective seminaries.
Included in the four is Ruben Villarreal, in his final year of theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and a parishioner of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. He is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 27.
The remaining three are Michael Caraway of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Jennings in his second year of pre-theology studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland; Joseph Caraway of St. John the Evangelist Mission in Lacassine, in his first year of pre-theology studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; and Randall Edwards, a parishioner of Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings in his first year of pre-theology at Notre Dame Seminary.
Msgr. Daniel A. Torres, Vicar General of the Diocese and pastor of St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles, serves as the Director of Vocations and Seminarians.
Below, from left, are the seminarians receiving the assistance: Deacon Villarreal, Michael Caraway, Joseph Caraway, and Randall Edwards: