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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.

Bishop Glen John Provost has released the following statement in response to the National Crisis of Sexual Misconduct in the Church.

I would ask the faithful of the Diocese to join me in prayer and acts of penance for the damage that has been done to young people in the Church.   It is virtually impossible for any of us to express adequately the outrage and the sorrow that we feel.    Simply, we must acknowledge sin, assist the victims, ask forgiveness, seek genuine repentance, correct the errors, and remain constantly vigilant.  What is true for our call to personal holiness is as true for our collective response to the horrors we have experienced in the Church and our society.   We must take seriously, each and every one of us, our Lord’s admonition:   “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).          
Many have asked me about our policies and practices.  I wish to reassure the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Lake Charles that we, the Bishop and administration, take very seriously our commitment to protect our children and young people.   The perversion of children and youth is reprehensible.   Our Lord condemns such behavior in the Gospel.  As I have publicly stated in the past, and local law enforcement and prosecutors have acknowledged, when an accusation is brought to our attention, we immediately report it and cooperate fully with the authorities.   We make every effort to be transparent and forthcoming.  The Diocese of Lake Charles acts on its policy addressing these issues which can be found on our diocesan website.

Additionally, the Diocese of Lake Charles conforms fully to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.   The agency tasked with the annual audit of all dioceses in the nation, StoneBridge Business Partners, has certified that the Diocese of Lake Charles is in compliance with the Charter.  There are no uninvestigated or unaddressed accusations in the Diocese of Lake Charles.   

Our concern must be first and foremost the healing of the victims and the prevention of further abuse.   We know that abuse destroys innocence.   As Christians, may we with Christ be a source of the Father’s love.         

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