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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—Two September events kickoff the Fall Retreat Schedule at Saint Charles Center - “Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life” presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, September 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. and “An Evening of Intercessory Prayer for Peace” facilitated by Fr. Whitney Miller and Deacon Brian Soileau takes place on Tuesday, September 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For additional information on any of these events or future programs e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 337-855-1232, or go to stcharlescenter.com.

The suggested donation for Sr. Diane’s program, which will help participants discern deception from truth and apply scripture in their daily life, is $20 and has a Friday, August 31, registration deadline.

Father Miller and Deacon Soileau will begin their evening of intercessory prayer for peace with the novena recently made popular by Pope Francis dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title as “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.” Following the novena, time will be given for contemplative meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, as well as a Litany for Peace throughout our world. A Holy Hour with  Benediction will conclude the night. Light refreshments will be served in the dining hall immediately after this time of shared prayer. No monetary gift is necessary for this event.

In October, events include “Good versus Evil” with Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, October 2, from, 6 to 9 p.m.; “Liturgy, Lunch and A Lecture for the Ladies” presented by Fr. Miller and Diana Vallette on Tuesday, October 9. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and “Virtuous Living: Where Spirituality and Psychology Meet”
with Father Miller on Tuesday, October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. The suggested donation of each of these programs is $20, with registration deadlines of Friday, September 28; Friday, October 5; and Friday, October 12, respectively.

A Prayer Vigil for the Feast of St. John Paul II, facilitated by Fr. Miller and Deacon Soileau will be Sunday, October 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A Women’s Fall Silent Retreat presented by Simone Dubois is set for Thursday, Nov. 1 to  Sunday, Nov. 4. Based on the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as applied to daily living and growth in one’s faith life. The suggested donation is $250 for a private room and $225 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

“Private Directed Retreats” will be offered by Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas from Monday, November 5 to Sunday, November 11. Registration for this retreat cannot be done online and you must call 337-855-1232 to register. There is no online registration. The suggested donation is $350.00 for three days and $475.00 for five days.

An “Introduction to the Directed Retreat” will offered on Thursday, November 8to Sunday, November 11 by  Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Boulet, Savoie and Villegas. Telephone registration is also required for this retreat and the suggested donation is $350.00 per person.

Two other November events include “Christians Rising to Help our Veterans” presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. and “The History of the Mass: From the Breaking of the Bread to the Holy Eucharist” with Deacon Soileau on Tuesday, November 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Suggested donation for each is $20 with registration deadlines of Friday, November 9, and Friday, November 16, respectively.

A Men’s Spiritual Exercises Retreat presented by the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi will be held Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2. For more information about this retreat contact Michael Istre at  337-515-7164,  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 337-855-1232.

Two events will conclude the Fall season beginning with “Silencing the Christians” with Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. and an Advent Penance Night at Saint Charles Center on Tuesday, December 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The suggested donation for “Silencing the Christians” is $20 with a registration deadline of Friday, November 30. There is no need to call for pre-registration for the Penance Night and there will a number of area priests available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Chapel of the Assumption.

The Saint Charles Center stands as a place apart, offering an atmosphere of serenity and peace, where one can deepen one’s relationship with God and achieve spiritual renewal and growth.”  Join us for this sacrament of God’s mercy and joyful peace!
  


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