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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 – The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Lake Charles will begin the 2018-2019 school year with the return of students to classes on Friday, August 10, at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School in Jennings and on Thursday, August 16, at the six schools located in Calcasieu Parish.

Those include St. Louis Catholic High School, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Catholic School, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School, all in Lake Charles; St. Theodore’s Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff; and Our Lady’s Catholic School in Sulphur.
Four of the schools – St. Louis, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Our Lady’s School and St. Theodore Holy Family - have new leadership in the office of the principal.

Andrew Bradley will be at St. Louis, Trevor Donnelly at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Linda Portie at Our Lady’s School and Charlotte Kohlenberg at Holy Family.

         Andrew Bradley

Bradley takes over from interim principal Deacon Glenn Viau at St. Louis, Donnelly moves from his position at Our Lady’s School to replace longtime Our Lady Queen of Heaven principal JoAnn Wallwork, and Portie takes over for Donnelly at Our Lady’s School.

         Trevor Donnelly

Holidays during the school year - days the students are not in attendance - include Labor Day, Monday, September 3; All Saints Day, Wednesday, November 1; Thanksgiving, Monday, November 19 to Friday, November 23; Christmas, Monday December 24 to Friday, January 4; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 21; Mardi Gras, Friday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 5; and Easter, Friday April 19 to Friday April 26. Students at Our Lady Immaculate will get an additional Jefferson Davis Parish Fair Day, on Friday, October 5.

         Linda Portie
Charlotte Kohlenberg

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