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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.

Food Distribution Sites Expand

LAKE CHARLES -- Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana now provides food distribution to registered individuals and families at three locations within the Diocese of Lake Charles. The food distribution schedule at Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, 1225 Second Street location for the remainder of 2018 and through June 2019 is as follows:

Above, Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana volunteers load a client’s vehicle during the once a month food distribution at the organization’s 1225 Second Street site.


For registered clients whose last name begins with A through L, food distribution will take place at 1225 Second Street in Lake Charles on Friday, October 12; Friday, November 9;  Friday, December 14; Friday, January 11; Friday, February 15; Friday, March 15; Thursday, April 11; Friday, May 10; and Friday, June 14.

Those registered clients whose last name begins with M through Z, distribution will be at 1225 Second Street, on Friday, October 19; Friday, November 16; Thursday, December 20; Friday, January 18; Friday, February 22; Friday, March 22; Friday, April 12; Friday, May 17; and Friday, June 21.

The dates for distribution at the Upper Cameron Food Bank, located at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 11054 Highway 384, in Big Lake are on the Wednesdays of  October 17,  November 14, December 19, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, and June 19.

Catholic Charities has expanded the reach of its monthly food distribution program into lower Cameron Parish.

A new location has been opened in lower Cameron Parish at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole,5250 West Creole Highway. Distribution there will take place on the first Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May  3, and June 7.

Catholic Charities continues to follow the example of Jesus, serving the communities and neighbors that need help the most. Its strategic priority is to collaborate with parishes to identify those in each community facing hardship and respond with the appropriate services that are lacking.

Contributions to the Return to the Lord Capital Campaign in favor of Catholic Charities have made it possible to add services to lower Camron Parish with movement to put plans in place for other areas of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

The goal in Return to the Lord was to raise $800,000 to enhance its Diocesan Social Ministry Program to offer education on the services that are available in order to connect the right services to those who qualify.

Included in that was to remodel warehouses to increase storage capacity for disaster relief services and outreach; purchase new refrigeration equipment to increase cold storage capacity; upgrade vehicles to use as mobile food banks to better serve parishes and create an endowment to help sustain operations and increase staff.

Funding for Catholic Charities is provided in a number of ways, 32 percent from diocesan collections and contributions, 22 percent from private donations, 20 percent from general grants, 11 percent from grants that can only be used for residents in Calcasieu Parish, four percent from the annual Jazz Brunch fundraiser; and 11 percent from grants provided specifically to aid individuals in Allen, Beauregard, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Those wishing to register or recertify to receive food baskets must bring the following items to receive food:

•    Picture ID for each adult in the household;

•    Social Security card for each person in the household;

•    Proof of one month's income for the Household: Food Stamp Letter, SSI, TANI, Social Security, Child Support Letter, Retirement, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Payroll Checks;

•    Proof of Residency- a utility bill or copy of current lease and rent receipt.

For further information, call Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana at 337- 439-7436.

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