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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.

WESTLAKE -- The 2018 Bishop's Golf Classic will be played Friday, Sept. 216, at the National Golf Club of Louisiana, 2801 Louisiana Way.  The four-person scramble tournament will feature an afternoon round with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, following lunch. Registration begins at noon. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Fees are $500 per team. Tee box sponsorships are $150 and banner sponsorships are $1,000.

Bubba Oustalet Automotive Group of Jennings is a tournament sponsor.

Proceeds from the event provide financial assistance to the Seminarian Education Fund and the Priest Retirement Fund.

Educating the men who are studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles is an expensive task. Thirteen men are currently in various stages of their education and training at four different seminaries.

The Diocese provides 55 percent of a seminarian's educational cost at the college/philosophy level with the students responsible for the remainder. At the theological seminary the Diocese obligates itself to pay 100 percent of the educational costs.

At the opposite end of priestly life is the retired priest. We must see to the care and welfare of these men who have given their lives to spreading the Gospel message in the faith communities of Southwest Louisiana.

Currently 10 priests are in this category. The Diocese will expend over $300,000 on the welfare of these wonderful and holy men during the next fiscal year. The depth of their sacrifice to the Faith is reason enough to aid them for the remainder of their days.

Registration forms will be available at area golf courses and the offices of the Diocese of Lake Charles, 414 Iris Street.

Payment of fees and registration using a credit card or e-check is available here.

For more information contact the diocesan Office of Development at 337-439-7400 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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