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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 – Saint Charles Center continues the marking of a quarter century of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – October 11, 2017 – with its summer schedule of events  showcasing the themes, content, and impact of the Catechism here in the Diocese of Lake Charles.


Kicking off June will be the Quo Vadis Retreat 2018 from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, for Catholic young men ages 15 to 25, offered for retreatants to learn about the priesthood and how to discern a possible vocation. There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together in fellowship, recreation, prayer, and discussion to help explore our Lord’s call, according to Father Jeffrey Starkovich, director of vocations and seminarians. Contact Father Starkovich at (337) 436-7223 or Fr. Nathan Long at (337) 477-1434 for more information or to register. The cost is covered by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

“God’s Salvation: Law and Grace” will be presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn about the laws of the Gospels that may be summed up in the golden rule and the “new commandment” of Jesus to love one another as He has loved us. To register call (337) 855-1232 or go to stcharlescenter.com. The suggested donation is $20 per person with a registration deadline of Friday, June 8.


Mike Papania and Father Whitney Miller will present “The Human Community: Living in a Spirit of Cooperation and Support” on Tuesday, June 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening is designed to support participants in becoming more competent and comfortable in speaking and listening.  Good for married couples, co-workers, friends, family members and all who want to grow in promoting communities of Christ-like care and understanding. To register call (337) 855-1232 or go to stcharlescenter.com. The suggested donation is $20 per person with a Friday, June 15, registration deadline.

“Private Directed Retreats” will be led by Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie, and Gloria Villegas from Monday, June 25, to Sunday, July 1. The directed retreat is a form of silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola focusing on the personal prayer of the individual. The retreatant may choose to do three or five days. For more information or to register (which may only be done by telephone or in person) call (337) 855-1232. Registration online is not available for this retreat. The suggested donation is $350.00 for three days and $475.00 for five days. Scholarship information is available upon request.


An “Introduction to the Directed Retreat” with Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Boulet, Judy Savoie, and Gloria Villegas as presenters will be Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1. The retreat, which consists of individual meetings with a director once a day and praying on assigned passages from the scriptures, provides an introduction that helps the retreatant learn the prayer technique and prepares them for a longer retreat. Those interested must call the Center to register at (337) 855-1232, as it will not be possible to register online. The suggested donation is $350.00 per person and scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

The depth and breadth of St. Therese’s “Little Way” continues to have relevance for us today. Join Robin Hebert for “The Little Way: A Journey Along St. Therese’s Path of Confidence and Love” Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28. Please be reminded that this is a SILENT retreat.  Hebert, who is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and the co-author of When Women Pray and When Wisdom Speaks, currently serving at Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette as marriage ministry coordinator and is the Past President of Theresians of the United States. The suggested donation is $350 per person for a private room and $300 each for a shared room. Register by calling (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com. Space is limited for this retreat, so early registration is urged to be assured of participation. Scholarship information is available upon request.

Fr. Rommel Tolentino, Margie Long and the Diocesan team will lead the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8. If someone is struggling with guilt, depression, regret or other difficult emotions from an abortion, they are not alone and this weekend is a way to experience the healing love of Jesus Christ The retreat will combine discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a memorial service and a Mass of Entrustment. Participation is strictly confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness and compassion.  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 SWLA (337) 439 7400, Ext. 317 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join Sr. Diane Depwe as she presents ’The Sacrament of the Eucharist” on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. According to Vatican II liturgy documents, the Eucharist is the summit from which all spirituality flows.  We are a thanksgiving people and we are to go forth to witness to others that the Eucharist is truly the real presence of the body and blood of our Savior.  Come and learn the depth of this sacred mystery of our Lord in the Eucharist! Register by calling (337 )855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by Friday, July 6. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

A Beginning/Intermediate Icon Writing Workshop will be from Monday, July 23 to Sunday, July 29. Instruction is in the Byzantine-Russian Tradition of the Prosopon School of Iconograph (www.prosoponschool.org). Cost for beginners is $1,165.00, which includes 36 hours of studio instruction, all art supplies, meals and room with private bath. Intermediate/advanced students include same amount of instruction and room and board but they much provide their own art board or supplies.  The cost for those students is  $1,005.00. Prior art experience is helpful but not required. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $150.00 is required to reserve a space in the class. Class size is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Deposits will only be refunded in the case of workshop cancellation. Please make checks payable to: Prosopon Icon Workshop-Lake Charles. Contact the workshop coordinator, Sylvia Marcantel at (337) 304-2911 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


“Baltimore Catechism and the Catechism of the Catholic Church:  Similarities and Differences” will be presented by Fr. Miller on Tuesday, July 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. One text was published in 1885 and the other in 1994.  One text was intended primarily for an elementary/young adult student, and the other for the adult community of believers. One text was circulated in the dioceses of the United States while the other “is offered to every individual who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes.” (Pope John Paul II) Learn more about each text and what it means to be Catholic in each and every generation! To register call (337)855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, July 27, deadline. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.


“Camp Karol: Now and Into the Future” (A Meet & Greet Evening with Deacon Brian Soileau) will be offered on Tuesday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Effective July 1, Bishop Provost has appointed Deacon Soileau as the Associate Director of the Saint Charles Center / Director of Camp Karol. In that role, Deacon Soileau will be working with Fr. Miller to develop and plan for the establishment and future programming of the Camp Karol youth retreat facility.  Come for prayer, a meal, and a presentation by Deacon Soileau on the latest developments associated with Camp Karol as well as opportunity given for ideas, suggestions and recommendations. Register at (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, August 3, deadline. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person. 
 

“The Love of God” will be offered by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, August 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Jesus as well as the Old Testament tells us “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”.  What does this mean?  Jesus teaches us what it means as well as providing examples of how to live by it.  Register at (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, August 10 deadline.







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