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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.

MOSS BLUFF – Bishop Glen John Provost has approved the final plans and specifications for the Camp Karol Catholic Retreat Center, according to Father Whitney Miller, Director of Saint Charles Center and Camp Karol.

   Deacon Brian Soileau

Bishop Provost also named Deacon Brian Soileau as Associate Director of Saint Charles Center and Camp Karol. That appointment became effective on July 1.
Father Miller also noted that the contractor for the project will be Alfred Palma LLC, though a firm starting date has not been confirmed. The architect for the project is Champeaux, Evans, Hotard. The construction of Camp Karol was one of the goals of the Return to the Lord Capital Campaign which the diocese conducted. The goal for Camp Karol was $1.6 million and contributions from pledges continue to be provided.
The official groundbreaking for The Lodge at Camp Karol took place in October 2017
“The Lodge” will feature a dining hall for guests/retreatants/campers, a large conference/meeting area, a full service kitchen with large pantry, cooler, freezer and dish washing room, office, staff conference room, a small interior chapel that can be reconfigured into a large exterior chapel for outdoor gatherings, restrooms, storage space and mechanical rooms.
Deacon Soileau with conduct “Camp Karol: Now and Into the Future” (a meet and greet evening) on Tuesday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Effective July 1
In his 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 to give other ideas, suggestions and recommendations for Camp Carol.
Register by calling (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, August 3, deadline. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

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