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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.

LAKE CHARLES – Andrew Bradley has been appointed to the position of Principal of St. Louis Catholic High School, effective, May 16, according to the Rev. Nathan Long, Rector and President of the Board of Pastors.

            Andrew Bradley

The announcement is the culmination of an extensive national search conducted by the consulting firm, Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions. Partners in Mission is devoted exclusively to Catholic education, and widely viewed as the nation’s leading counsel in developing excellence in all areas of school advancement and leadership.
“Through this robust and intensive search process, numerous highly qualified candidates were screened and vetted, with two finalists being identified as moving forward,” Father Long said. “These finalists recently spent individual days on campus meeting with constituencies from our school community - including students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, and board members.”

Continuing, Father Long said, “The feedback offered by the search committee and many within our community, as well as Bradley’s extensive understanding of the mission of Catholic education, gives me great confidence in his ability to serve as the school’s next Principal. I am confident that Andrew will serve our community well as the visionary leader we set out to identify and secure. Together, we will now further develop our strategic plans for St. Louis Catholic High School as we strive to bring Christ to life in our young men and women in all we do.”

Bradley most recently served as Principal of Saint Francis Catholic Academy in Gainesville, Fla. and Archbishop John Carrol High School in Radnor, Penn.  With over 11 years of Catholic education teaching and administrative experience in elementary and secondary environments, Andrew possesses the requisite skill sets to lead our spiritual, academic, and overall school operations. Under his leadership, school communities have experienced increased enrollments, improved academic performance, and strengthened constituent engagement. With a penchant for strategic planning and all areas of school advancement, Andrew is well-versed in creating the conditions necessary for market leadership.

As a life-long learner, Mr. Bradley earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, with Minors in Spanish and Theology, from Georgetown University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from The University of New Mexico, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.

In accepting the position, Bradley stated, “I am incredibly honored and humbled to be chosen as the next principal of St. Louis Catholic High School. As a Catholic school leader, I was enormously impressed with the school's traditions and its limitless potential. It was readily apparent during my visit that the many passionate and dedicated constituents at St. Louis Catholic - students, faculty and staff, parents, board members, and especially Father Long - shared enthusiasm for the school. I am excited to be a part of such a dynamic community and help execute an innovative and forward-thinking vision for its future.”

“We will host an informal reception, welcoming him to our school community during our Crawfish Boil on Friday, April 27,” Father Long said. Bradley, his wife Nina, and their five children will be moving into the area the first week of May.

For the remainder of the school year, Deacon Glenn Viau will continue to lead our school community and will ensure that the transition of the educational leadership will be as seamless as possible, according to Father Long.

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