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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 Office of Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Lake Charles is sponsoring a six-day Pilgrimage to Washington, DC – January 14 to January 19 – for high school teens and young adults attending the annual March for Life.

Three busloads of Southwest Louisiana pilgrims, including adult chaperones, will join hundreds of thousands of other pro-life supporters to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including Roe v Wade, that legalized abortion.

Over the course of the trip, pilgrims will visit a few National Shrines, attend daily Mass including Mass with Bishop Glen John Provost in Our Lady of Victory Church at         4835 MacArthur Blvd. N.W. in Washington at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 18. Also to pray in Adoration for the right to life, visit and pray at the Holocaust Museum, attend a national rally with thousands of others. They will also participate in a prayer walk in front of the White House and Supreme Court, attend a Geaux Forth Rally with other teens from the State of Louisiana, visit national monuments and museums and most importantly join the thousands in solidarity to Pray and March for Life in front of our nation’s capital.

The cost of the pilgrimage is $625, which includes travel, lodging, most meals, scarf, hat, bag, journal and entry fees into various events and sites.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due with the registration form, which can be completed online or downloaded for each person making the pilgrimage.  Paying the deposit or the entire cost can be done safely using a credit card or an e-check online .

Any payment balance for the pilgrimage must be paid by Monday, December 17. There will be an informational meeting that day beginning at 6 p.m. in the Diocesan Chancery Administration Building, 414 Iris Street.

Spaces for the pilgrimage are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A spot will not be held without the non-refundable deposit and registration forms turned in to the Office of Youth Ministry, 411 Iris Street. Those considering taking part in this faith-filled journey should act quickly to reserve a seat.

Group leaders should contact Caroline Matt at 337-439-7400, Extension 301, or Milissa Thibodeaux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.


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