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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 28th annual New Life Counseling Pro-Life Banquet, featuring keynote speaker Gianna Jessen, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum beginning at 6 p.m. with the doors opening and a silent auction followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 each  (Friend of Life) with a variety of sponsorship offerings including Life Saver $5,000; Champion of Life $3,000; Sustainer of Life $1,500; Advocate of Life $800; and  Supporter of Life $600. The annual fundraiser sustains the operations of New Life Counseling’s pregnancy resource center from year to year.

For tickets or more information 337-474-7003 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, September 26. Checks should be made payable to New Life Counseling Center, Inc., P.O. Box 7222, Lake Charles, LA 70606.

        Gianna Jessen

Gianna Jessen was intended to die before she was born – the survivor of an abortion at seven and a half months. Talk to her for just a few minutes and she’s likely to punctuate every sentence with a deep, infectious laugh. Talk to her for a while longer and, as her story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the constant joy has overcome unspeakable challenges. In many regards, her life has been a short path littered with obstacles at every turn: challenges, betrayal, and cruelty. But for every setback, there have also been invitations into the greatest halls of government. A life that was never meant to be has been used to inspire, and even save others.

She entered the world two months premature and weighing just two and a half pounds and spent her first couple of months in a hospital. The failed abortion had also provided the “gift” of cerebral palsy, as she calls it: “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”

It also labeled her a hopeless case—an infant who was a ward of the state and for whom the expectations of achievement were extremely low. Doctors predicted she would never even lift her head. She showed them: walking at three, Jessen has grown into a woman who has run marathons.

For a voice that was never intended to speak, it not only speaks and sings, it laughs. Why? “I am honest, with myself and with Jesus. To the point where one might mistake my honesty for irreverence,” she said. “But I would rather risk that and give Him my truest self than live life thinly veiled.”

New Life Counseling, thus far in 2018, has 742 visits to the center by women in need, of which 145 were abortion vulnerable coming in for pregnancy testing and seeking a potential abortion procedure. After counseling and in-house ultrasound services, 135 chose life!

All other visits were from mothers in need of either maternal and child aid, participation in our "Earn While You Learn" program, "Woman 360" mother/daughter chastity workshop, "Forget Me Not" natural pregnancy loss group, or "Life after Choice" abortion recovery program.

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