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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.

MOSS BLUFF – Many of the events beginning in January at Saint Charles Center will showcase the thems, content, and impact of the Catechism of the Catholic Church right here in the Diocese of Lake Charles, according to the Rev. Whitney G. Miller, Director of the Center.  The Catechism celebrated the 25 years since its publication in October of 2017.

Registration for most of the events slated can be achieved on the website of Saint Charles Center – stcharlescenter.com - or by calling the Center at 337-855-1232. Clicking here will also provide safe and secure on-line registration.
“Profession of Faith,” an evening of reflection, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, will be the first of several teachings on the Catechism presented by Sr. Diane this Spring. A $20.00 per person suggested donation is due by Friday, Jan. 12. 

Father Miller will present “Prayer in the Christian Life: 25 Years of Revelation and Practice in the Catholic Catechism” on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. The entire fourth section of the Catholic Catechism is dedicated to beliefs and practices of prayer in the Church.  This evening of reflection will be focused on the universal call to holiness and prayer as expressed through adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.  Attendees are asked to register by Friday, Jan. 19, and there is a suggested donation of $20.00 per person.
February’s programming begins with A Theology of the Body Conference Retreat for Women - “On Being a Woman: Icon of Love” – from Thursday, Feb. 1 – 4 with retreat leaders, Paula Hunter and Becky Clements. Theology of the Body is a philosophical work written by St. Pope John Paul II, and is an in-depth study of the human person. The retreat begins on Thursday at 5 p.m., and ends by noon on Sunday and is open to all women 18 years and older.  There will be Mass and Adoration, as well as presentations, discussions, music, prayer and silence. The Sacrament of Penance will also be available.
   A limited number of single rooms are available for $250.00 with a double room is $225.00 per person.  A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required with registration. Register at www.icsulphur.org or call 337 625-9719 if you have any questions. Please ask for Jamie Drummond.

Registration for the “St. Valentine’s Date Night at the Saint Charles Center” presented by Fr. Miller and Center Staff on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. can now only be done by calling the Center at 337-855-1232.  Mass is 6 p.m. in the Assumption Chapel, followed by a gourmet dinner in Brulet Dining Hall, and topped off with festive desserts and enjoyable fellowship. The  suggested donation is $75.00 per couple
A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion presented by Fr. Nathan Long, Margie Long and the diocesan team will be Friday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb.11 A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend, which combines discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a memorial service and a Mass of Entrustment, is strictly confidential. The cost is $215.00 for meals, private room with private bath and all retreat materials.  If you have a financial burden, assistance is available.  For more information or registration contact: Rachel’s Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana at  337-439-7400, Ext. 317 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g.
Bishop Glen John Provost and Father Miller will present “Our Call to Lenten Grace” Ash Wednesday Evening of Reflection on Wednesday, Feb 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The program will consist of Holy Mass and the Distribution of Ashes, a simple supper, and a presentation by Bishop Provost. There will be no cost for the evening, but a free will offering will be accepted.  Funds procured will benefit the Maintenance Account for the Center. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 9. 

“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the Catholic Catechism” Winter Silent Preached Retreat is to presented by Msgr. Ronald Groth from Friday, Feb 16 to Sunday, Feb. 18.  The retreat, though sponsored by St. Pius X Parish in Ragley, is open to any who wish to participate.  Msgr. Groth will reflect upon the basic themes of growth in the spiritual life as presented by St. Ignatius in his writings as well as apply these insights to the prayers, beliefs and practices as found in the Catholic Catechism. The weekend begins with supper on Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes with lunch at noon on Sunday. The suggested donation is $180.00 for a private room and $160.00 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available for those needing assistance.   
The  “Come Alive” High School Retreat will take place in the St. Katharine Drexel Conference Center from Friday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 18. Youth are asked to call the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Lake Charles at 337-439-7400, Ext. 201 to register.
Sr. Diane Depwe will present “I Believe in Jesus Christ/The Creed” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27. This evening of reflection will address the reasons and purposes of God’s relationship with us as humans. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 23. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person. 

“Lenten Private Directed Retreat” with Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas will be Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 18. A form of silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, it focuses on the personal prayer of the individual. The retreatant may choose to make a three or five day retreat. To register, those interested must call the Center at 337-855-1232, as online registration is not available. The suggested donation is $350.00 for three days or $475.00 for five days. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.
“Lenten Introduction to the Directed Retreat” will also feature Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Boulet, Dr. Savoie and Ms. Villegas from Thursday, March 15 to Sunday March 18.  The intro helps retreatants learn the prayer technique and prepares the person for a longer retreat. Registration must be done by calling the Center at (337) 855-1232, as it cannot be done online.  The suggested donation is $350.00 per person. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.
“An Evening of Mercy and Forgiveness” will be Tuesday, March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available for all who choose to come by the Center and spend some time in prayer and spiritual preparation during this holy season of Lent. At 5 p.m., the Blessed Sacrament will be enthroned on the altar of the Assumption Chapel, for those wishing to spend a Holy Hour in this sacred space. Priests will be on hand for the ministry of Reconciliation (Confession) until 7 p.m. when Benediction will conclude this blessed opportunity of Lenten worship and praise. Pre-registration is not required for this event.
“When You Pray the Our Father” a Women’s Lenten Silent Retreat will be presented by Fr. Steve Kimmons, S.J., PhD  from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25.  This silent retreat is sponsored by the women of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish, but is open to any and all women who choose to participate. The suggested donation is $190.00 for a private room, $170.00 for shared accommodations and $75.00 for commuters. Contact Elaine Trahan at 337-474-0178 or the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit stcharlescenter.com for registration.  Scholarship information is available upon request for those needing assistance.
“The Creed /The Holy Spirit” Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe will be Tuesday, March 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 23, with a suggested donation of $20  per person.
Father Miller presents “Good Friday Meditations” on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A brief meditation by Fr. Miller will be given on the hours of: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. with  a contemplative silence observed by all participants until the next hour of meditation. If attending, bring your own lunch and beverage, if desired. There is no fee for this event but pre-registration is appreciated. Deadline to register is Monday, March 26.  
April begins with Dr. Judy Savoie presenting “Trinitarian Life” on Monday April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Catechism identifies the Most Holy Trinity as “the central mystery of Christian faith and life” and as “the source of all the other mysteries of faith.” Yet this essential doctrine can seem like abstract theology, remote from daily life. Come explore the Trinity, mystery and summary of the Christian faith. The suggested donation is $20 per person and all are asked to register by Thursday, April 5.

“I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church” will be presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 13, with a suggested donation of $20. 

“Babette’s Feast: A Celebration of Catechism and Communal Meal” with Fr.  Boulet, Fr. Miller, Paula Willis and the Center’s kitchen staff will be Tuesday, May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The 1987 Danish film  “Babette’s Feast” is presented followed by  a meal with slight variations from the “feast” in the movie. Time will be given for discussion and further reflection on the movie and on the Eucharist between courses. Registration deadline is Friday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. . Because of the festive and exceptional menu items to be prepared for the dinner, the suggested donation for this evening of reflection will be $50 per person. 

A “Domestic Church” Married Couples Retreat will be held Thursday, May 24, to Sunday, May 27. “Domestic Church” is an officially recognized lay movement that provides life-long formation for sacramentally married couples for the sake of achieving sanctity together, growing in mutual love, and providing an environment where children can thrive and grow in union with Christ so they may truly be called a Domestic Church! For information and/or to register, please call Blaine or Denise Wyninger at (337) 764-1562 or call the offices of the Saint Charles Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit www.domesticchurchfamilies.com. 

Saint Charles Center stands as a place apart, offering an atmosphere of serenity and peace, where one can deepen one’s relationship with God and achieve spiritual renewal and growth, rediscovering life’s meaning in quiet reflection.

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