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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

Life March Southwest on Tuesday, Jan. 22
LAKE CHARLES -- Life March Southwest - "Show your Love for Life!" -  is scheduled for Tuesday January 22, beginning from the Lake Charles Civic Center Veterans War
Memorial at 6 p.m. in procession to the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse steps for a candlelight vigil and speakers.

Participants should meet at the Veterans War Memorial well in advance of  6 p.m.  For more information go to LALifeMarch.com or call 1-866-463-LIFE. New Life
Counseling and ABC Pregnancy Center.

Vespers, Benediction, and Holy Hour offered
LAKE CHARLES -- The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception offers Vespers and Benediction each Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall, located at the southeast corner of Kirby and Bilbo streets as well as a Holy Hour of Reparation each Thursday from 11 p.m. until midnight.

All Masses, both daily and Sunday, will be celebrated in Ave Maria Hall while the Cathedral is closed for its restoration.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat March 1-3
LAKE CHARLES -- Rachel’s Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana, sponsored by the Office of Pro-Life of the Diocese of Lake Charles, hosts its next retreat weekend Friday through Sunday, March 1-3, 2019, at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.

The retreat is for both men and women who are suffering from the trauma and after-effects of abortion. These can include: eating disorders, difficulty with relationships, repeat abortions, substance abuse, depression, suicidal urges, anxiety/panic attacks, nightmares, emotional numbness, guilt, anger & gear of punishment from God.

A Rachel's Vineyard Retreat provides an opportunity to deeply enter the grieving process and identify all the ways an abortion may have affected you. Rachel's Vineyard offers a number of powerful exercises that allow the wounded soul to speak its grief and sorrow. The exercises help to connect participants to their inner voice, to each other, and to the love and compassion of God.

They also help participants to accept forgiveness for themselves and others. There is also an opportunity to re-connect with the children that were aborted on a spiritual level, to give them honor and dignity through special and creative spiritual exercises as well as in a memorial service.

If you or someone you love is hurting from an abortion, please reach out by contacting Rachel’s Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana at 337-439-7400, Ext. 317 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Future retreat dates are August 16-18, 2019 and February 21-23, 2020.

Morning of Reflection set March 9
LAKE CHARLES -- A Morning of Reflection with the Religious Sisters of Mercy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at 1414 Martha Street in Lake Charles.

It will be a day of prayer and discussion at the RSM convent beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m. Those who wish are also welcome to arrive by 7 a.m. for Morning Prayer.

There will be discussion of religious life and a time of Adoration. Breakfast and lunch provided. RSVP to (337)564-0030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Respect Life fundraiser March 16, 2019
LAKE CHARLES – The Diocese of Lake Charles Respect Life fundraiser , sponsored by the Office of Pro Life, will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Indian Bay Pavilion of Prien Lake Park with priests and deacons from around the diocese bringing their best cooking teams competing for attendees’ taste buds and votes. The winning "clergy team" will receive a $500 donation to their parish and a trophy.

The fundraiser will support Respect Life ministries in the diocese such as Rachel's Vineyard that continues to help people heal from the wounds of abortion and the newest ministry - Grief to Grace - which provides healing retreats for anyone who has suffered from physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Efforts are also being enhanced in the diocese to teach Natural Family Planning and helping married couples grow in love and generosity.

Tickets are $50 each with children under 12 admitted free and eat for free. The Trinity Package includes eight tickets for tasting, one raffle ticket, and a signed thank you card from Bishop Glen John Provost is $500. Tickets can be purchased here.

There will be games for the children, face painting, and carinval foods. Ticket for the raffle are $20 each and prizes include - first prize - a golf cart; second prize - a Tim Tebow jersey; and third prize - jambalaya prepared for 50 people.

If you have any questions or wish to purchase tickets, contact Ms. Marjorie Long at 337-439-7400, Ext. 317 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Father Edward Richard, M.S., and his Bluegrass Band along with St. Louis Catholic High School Band subgroups - The Deep End, Cypress, and Low Tide - will perform.

Fully Alive Community Growing, Seeks Young Adults
LAKE CHARLES -- Young adults and non-students, ages 18-39, are invited to become part of the Fully Alive Community in the Diocese of Lake Charles, according to Father Trey Ange.

"The Fully Alive community of Catholic young adults is on fire," Father Ange said. "There have been many fruits from this community, thanks to your prayers and communication!  We want to extend the invitation to make sure young adults at all parishes know about this awesome community. They will NOT be taken away from their parish - on the contrary, parish fidelity is valued and encouraged.

"Enjoy spiritual growth, service in the community, social events to meet new people," Father Ange continued."Connect with us at www.fullyalivelakecharles.com, Facebook @ FULLY ALIVE! Lake Charles, text "Fully" to 84576, and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men's breakfast, luncheon next in February
LAKE CHARLES -- Bishop Glen John Provost will next meet in February for the First Friday Men's Prayer Breakfast and the Ladies Luncheon, the former on February 1, 2019 and the latter on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

The breakfast will be preceded by Mass beginning at 6:30 a.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.

For the 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).

Center for Catholic Studies class schedule
LAKE CHARLES -- Father Nathan Long will teach a course on the Letters of St. Paul - How to Listen and Understand the Second Reading - on Jan. 29, Feb. 12,19, and 26 at the Center for Catholic Studies of 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 Long's class description is as follows: St. Paul is notoriously misunderstood. St. Peter admitted as much in his own letter (2 Peter 3:15-16). Yet, understanding St. Paul is critical if we are to take seriously the call to evangelize. After all, Paul was the first world-wide evangelizer. Moreover, his epistles are read throughout the year in the Sacred Liturgy. Few pay much attention, and they are rarely given attention from the pulpit. In the interest of making the most of a short time, the approach in this course will be to take eight keys/keywords to recall the central ideas and themes in Paul. By developing an understanding in these topics, it will better equip the participant to hear and understand the sections of Paul's epistles as they are read at Mass. You'll also find greater ease in reading his letters for personal study and prayer.

Paula Hunter will teach Theology of the Body and the Interior Life on Tuesdays: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, and 16. The course description follows:

In this course the student will develop a basic understanding of St Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, and also of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.  We will explore the profound meaning of being human--our purpose and fulfillment.  Lecture and discussion topics include but are not limited to: The truth of Trinitarian love Scriptures and Church documents about the nature of the Human Person; some key affective states we experience as we move closer to--or further away from--our ultimate destiny as Human PersonsThe most typical resistances men and women feel in spousal and/or friendship relationships.

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 — During 2019, Bishop Glen John Provost will celebrate Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on 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!

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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