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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

Holy Mass and Adoration for Healing

LAKE  CHARLES -- Celebration of Holy Mass and Adoration for Healing will take place on Wednesday, December 5, in Ave Maria Hall on the southeast corner of Kirby and Bilbo streets, across the street from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. "Come and experience the healing power of Christ in the Eucharist, said Father Rommel Tolentino, Cathedral pastor.

Rosary and Confession at  5:30 p.m., The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 6 p.m. and Eucharistic Exposition with Prayers for Healing, concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m. - "By His wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

Men's breakfast on December 7
LAKE CHARLES -- The next of Bishop Glen John Provost’s First Friday Men's Prayer Breakfasts is December 7. The Bishop will celebrate Mass beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall of the Cathedral Office Complex with breakfast in the Assembly Room of the Chancery,  414 Iris Street, a block south of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m.

Men should call 337-439-7400 to register. There will be a hiatus for the breakfasts and Ladies Luncheon with the Bishop a until February 1, for the men and February 13 for the ladies

For each of the remaining luncheons, women should send a check in the amount of $15, payable to the Diocese of Lake Charles, to Victoria Walter, 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. A stamped self-addressed envelope should be included with payment.

The dates and topics for remaining breakfasts are Friday, February 1 (II Corinthians, 1-4) continuing Friday, March 8 (II Corinthians, 5-7); Friday, April 5 (II Corinthians, 8-10); and Friday, May 3 (II Corinthians, 11-13).

Remaining luncheon dates and topics are Wednesday, February 13 (II Corinthians, 1-4); Wednesday, March 13 (II Corinthians, 5-7); Wednesday, April 10 (II Corinthians, 8-10); and Wednesday, May 1 (II Corinthians, 11).

St. Henry to conclude anniversary year
LAKE CHARLES -- St. Henry Catholic Church's 60th Anniversary Year will close on the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year, November 25, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

"This celebration will be a moment devoted entirely to prayer," Father Matthew Cormier, pastor, said. "It will begin at 3 p.m.,  the hour of Our Lord’s death on the Cross, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Holy Hour in the Church."

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 3 to 4 p.m., during which time the Sacrament of Confession will be available, in both English and Spanish, according to Father Cormier.

At 4 p.m., a Eucharistic Procession will move from the church, south on Eighth Avenue, then east on Third Street, then north on Ninth Avenue, west on Second Street, and finallly south on Eighth Avenue, processing back into the church for benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

"This procession will be an opportunity for us to publicly demonstrate our faith in Jesus Christ and our love for His Eucharistic Presence," Father Cormier said. "It will also be a moment when Our Lord, in the Blessed Sacrament, blesses the Church grounds, buildings, and neighborhood with His Presence."

Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King begins at 5 p.m.

Catholic Charities' Christmas Adopt-A-Senior" Program
LAKE CHARLES — Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana has begun its “Adopt-A-Senior” program seeking to aid the loneliest in local communities - the elderly with no families to provide for them at Christmas.

Catholic Charities will match each senior with a generous donor who provides Christmas gifts of food, clothing, or maybe a few little luxuries.

“What we ask of our church parishes in the diocese is to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to Catholic Charities (337-439-7435) three to five names and telephone numbers of seniors in their communities who meet this criteria,” said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a Catholic Charities volunteer. “We will contact them by phone to fill out a wish list then provide that list to a donor.”

In past years, wishes have included such things as new bed linens, clothes, robes and slippers, and even a new set of car tires, according to Roe. “I truly feel our project reaches those that are most needy during this most blessed season of the year.”

The deadline for submitting names is Thursday November 8, but Catholic Charities we will be happy to take names as soon as they are available. Each parish will be notified when the gifts for their seniors are wrapped and ready for delivery, approximately two weeks before Christmas.

Center for Catholic Studies class schedule
LAKE CHARLES -- Father Ruben Villarreal, Ph.L., J.C.L., will lead the course Introduction to Philosophy in November and December at the Center for Catholic Studies at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 221 Aqua Drive, according to the Office of Religious Education and the Office of Adult Education of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Father Nathan Long will teach on the Letters of St. Paul during the months of January and February while Paula Hunter will teach Theology of the Body & Interior Life during March and April.

Father Villarreal's class, which takes place on Mondays November 5, 12, 26 and December 3, 10, 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is described is as follows: What is philosophy? And how can it help us to better understand God, the world around us, and ourselves as human beings? How can it help us make heads or tails of what we hear in the news, and how can it help us strike that important balance between our emotions and our reason? This introduction to philosophy will explain what philosophy is by showing philosophy in action - as it helps to clarify our thoughts and to rid us of confused or even odd notions about God, the world around us, and ourselves. According to Father Villarreal, "If you would like to take this course, are a current college student and/or need financial assistance, please register by calling the Office of Religious Education at 337-439-7400, Extension 308."

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, Extension. 308 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pontifical Mass schedule announced
LAKE CHARLES — Bishop Glen John Provost will celebrate a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, Dec. 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The schedule of pontifical masses in the Cathedral during 2019 has also been set - Thursday, August 1, Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, 5:30 p.m.  and Sunday, December 29, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, 11:15 a.m.

Pilgrimage to Italy in 2019
LAKE CHARLES — Visit Rome, Monte Cassino, 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!

Latin Mass Community Fall Festival in Roberts Cove
ROBERTS COVE – The Fall Festival at St. Leo IV Catholic Church, 7166 Roberts Cove Road, hosted by the Mater Dolorosa Latin Mass Community will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Father Keenan Brown will celebrate Holy Mass.

For more information contact Julie or Rusty LaMotte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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