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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.

Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles

Center for Catholic Studies class schedule
LAKE CHARLES -- Instructors and subjects for upcoming classes offered at the Center for Catholic Studies at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 221 Aqua Drive, have been announced by the Office of Religious Education and the Office of Adult Education of the diocese of Lake Charles.

Father Ruben Buller will teach Introduction to Spiritual Theology on September 10, 17, and 24 along with October 1, 8, and 15. Dates for remaining courses have yet to be set.

Father Ruben Villarreal will lead Introduction to Philosophy in November and December, Father Nathan Long will teach on the Letters of St. Paul during the months of January and February and Paula Hunter will teach Theology of the Body & Interior Life during March and April.

Cost is $50 per person for each course. Click here to register online. For more information, or to be placed on a list for future announcements, call 337-439-7400, Ext. 308 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blessing and Dedication set September 22
SULPHUR – The blessing and dedication of the of Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine/Facsimile  at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church on Saturday, September 22, with Bishop Glen John Provost. Following the blessing will be the celebration by Bishop Provost of the Holy Mass.

Very Reverend Fr . Rene Butler, M.S., Provincial Superior, Mary, Mother of the Americas, Missionaries of LaSalette will be the homilist.
Concelebrating will be Father Butler and Very Rev. Phil M. “Skip” Negley Former Provincial Superior, Mary, Mother of the Americas, Missionaries of La Salette, and currently, Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Gathering in the Prayer Garden begins at 4:30 p.m. with the Blessing and Dedication at 5 p.m., followed by the procession to the church for Mass. This begins the Nine Day Novena Masses and culminates with the Feast of Our Lady of LaSalette on Sunday, September 30.

For more information about the annual nine-day celebration, call 337-527-6722.

Take Aim at Hunger set Sept. 30
LAKE CHARLES – The annual “Take Aim at Hunger” clean out your freezer and pantry day to benefit Abraham’s Tent is Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gordon’s Drug Store’s parking lot at 2716 Lake Street, with drive-thru service.

Donations of wrapped and labeled frozen meat and fish (wild and domestic) canned or boxed foods, containers/bags of rice, cooking oil, seasonings, vegetables, and paper goods.

The event is sponsored by Sportsmen for the Hungry in affiliation with Hunters for the Hungry.

"Family Rosary" at St. Theodore, Sept. 30
MOSS BLUFF -- The Knights of Columbus Council #3622 will host  the "Family Rosary" at St. Theodore Catholic Church leading  parishioners in praying the Rosary at 8 a.m. on Sunday,  September 30, followed by the celebration of the Mass at 8:30 a.m.

The "Family Rosary" program, formerly known as the Fifth Sunday Rosary, has been developed by the Knights of Columbus as a part of the Order's Domestic Church initiative.

St. Theodore Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Vaughn Johnson said, "It is our desire to strengthen the families of our community and encourage a greater devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through having families pray the Rosary together."  To facilitate this program each time a fifth Sunday falls within a month, members of Council #3622 invites all to join them in praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Church before the celebration of the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

For more information on the Knights of Columbus and Council #3622 go to www.kofc3622.org.

St. Eugene Alligator Festival Oct. 7
GRAND CHENIER - The Annual Saint Eugene Parish Alligator Festival will be Sunday, October 7, on the Mermentau River at Grand Chenier Park beginning at 10 a.m.

The Alligator Cookoff this year is dedicated to the memory of Benny Welch, his wife Linda and daughter Alice.

The festival includes the Little Mr. & Miss Alligator Festival Pageant, the South Cameron High School Dazzlers Dance Line, live baby gators, live music with Teardrops, a big prize raffle, live and silent auction with great deals for early Christmas shopping, barbecue chicken and beef dinners,  fried alligator and much more.

For cookoff information and registration email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 337-538-2245.

Calca-Chew Food Festival Sept. 30
LAKE CHARLES -- The annual St. Margaret Calca-Chew Food Festival begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, at 9 a.m. with live music by the Sulphur Cajun Ramblers.

There will be Cajun/Creole Food and a silent auction in the school's gym with children’s games and more food in the East Room and outside. Vendor booths will host a variety of items and there will be several cake walks throughout the day. At 11 a.m. judging of the Cajun/Creole Cook-off takes place followed at 11:30 a.m. by public sampling of the fare.

The St. Louis Catholic High School Show Choir will perform at noon with the silent auction closing at 1:30 p.m., in addition to the raffle drawing for a $1,000 grand prize. The winners of the Cajun/Creole Cook-off will be announced at2:30 p.m. with the festival closing at 3 p.m.

There will be delicious food including chicken gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp etouffe, fried fish, french fries, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and homemade sweets. Catholic Daughters will have delicious candy for sale while the Knights of Columbus will offer their delicious BBQ dinners for  purchase. The Ladies Altar Society booth in the East Room will have many “treasures” old and new for sale. As always the highlight of the Silent Auction will be class gift baskets. Tee shirts and aprons will be available for purchase at www.shopswla.com.

October Events slated for the Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES -- “Power In My Hands” movie will be shown in the Ave Maria Hall on Wednesday, October 3, at 4 p.m.,  Saturday, October 6, at 9 a.m., and Sunday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. The film uncovers the beauty, timelessness and power of the Rosary. Its primary purpose is to help viewers understand the power to revitalize America – a society in spiritual crisis, and instill an active response to the Blessed Mother’s plea for prayer. Hope through Jesus Christ is the ultimate goal of this film.

“Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist” is a four-week study that explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the “source and summit” of the Christian life. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation. Join us every Tuesday (October 9, 16, 23 and 30) at 6 p.m. in the Ave Maria Hall.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Bazaar Oct. 13-14
LAKE CHARLES --Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, October 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the church grounds at 614 Louisiana Avenue.

Barbecue chicken and rib dinners, sweet potato pies, popcorn balls, and a variety of other food items will be sold both days. Games, rides, and music will be availabl for the enjoyment of all.

Bingo opens on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the raffle, which has two $1,000 top prizes and two additional prizes, can be purchased by contacting the church office at 337-439-2646.

Black Catholic Women’s Conference October 20
LAFAYETTE  - The Inaugural Black Catholic Women’s Conference - “By The Grace of God, I Am What I Am” - is set for Saturday, October 20, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the St. Genevieve Middle School Cafetorium. The event is hosted by Black Catholic Women of the Diocese of Lafayette.

A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m.

Registration is $30, including breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt, and may be made by check or money order only, payable to Black Catholic Women’s Conference to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 145 Martin Luther King Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501. Registration must be postmarked by the October 1 deadline. There will be no onsite registration.

Workshop presentations will include: I am Black and Beautiful, Dr. Diana Hayes JD PhD STD; Domestic Violence in the Black Communitu. Lori Landry JD; Women of Grace: Step Up, Kaffy Belvin; Cybersecurity, Val Senegal MA; Child of God: You are Worthy, Shanna Doiron;  The Virtues of a Christian Woman,  Stephanie Bernard; Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Pro-Life, Kathy Allen PhD; Faith & Culture: Black Catholic Women at Worship, Dr. Kathleen Bellow; Reach out and Touch, Louella Cook; History of Black Catholic Women, Christenia Ventress; and Identifying Parental Alienation: Stopping Child Psychological Abuse, Rachel Stephens.

For more information call Rashida McZeal at Our Lady Queen of Peace 337-233-1591, Ext. 100.

St. John Vianney Bazaar October 28
BELL CITY – St. John Vianney Catholic Church will hold its 2018 Fall Bazaar on Sunday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds.

There will be bingo and raffle along with live and silent auctions, kid’s games, a fun jump and train rides.

Pork loin dinners and barbecue chicken dinners will also available. All are welcome.

Pilgrimage to Italy in 2019
LAKE CHARLES — Visit Rome, Montecassino, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Manoppello, Loreto, Tolentino, Assisi, Orvieto, Florence,Padua, and Venice with Spiritual Director Father Rommel Tolentino, on September 16-27, 2019.

The 12-day pilgrimage is $3879 per person with double occupancy. The price includes round trip airfare from Houston, $450 government taxes and airline surcharges, accommodations in first class hotels, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing, daily Mass, and more.

For a brochure and more information, call 337-436-7251 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space is limited! Book early to avoid disappointment!

Radio broadcast of Cathedral Sunday Mass expanded
LAKE CHARLES -- The celebration of the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which has been broadcast on the radio - KLCL (1470-AM), since the beginning of the Diocese of Lake Charles and additionally - more recently - on Jennings' KJEF-AM (1290-AM) - as well streaming on the two stations' websites, will now also be broadcast on Radio Maria 91.1 FM on the second Sunday of each month. The broadcast will also be available streaming on Radio Maria's website.

Women to join Theresians being sought
LAKE CHARLES – Catholic women are being sought to join a monthly faith-filled spiritual community, especially to form a new Theresians group in the Westlake, Sulphur, Vinton and Carlyss areas, according to Cookie Phillips, outreach coordinator for the Theresians International Organization.

To learn more about the Theresians call 337-474-9205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Theresians gather in small groups around the world to prayerfully nurture, affirm and empower each other to live a Gospel-centered life through Five Dimensions: Spirituality, Education, Community, Vocation and Ministry,” Phillips said.

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