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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 — Deacon Glenn Christopher Viau, 64, of Westlake, LA, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

   Deacon Glenn Viau

Deacon Viau was born January 17, 1954 in New Orleans, where he was a native and a long time educator. He began his educational ministry in 1977 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, serving for 14 years, first as a teacher and assistant principal at St. James Major High School, and then as principal of St. Louise de Marillac School, where he met the love of his life, Rosalie Viau.  Here in the diocese, Deacon Viau served on the administrative staff of St. Louis Catholic High School from 1991 through 2001, and again from 2002 through 2007, serving as Academic Assistant Principal (1991-1998), Campus Minister (1998-2001), and Academic Administrator (2002-2007).  While at St. Louis, he also taught Theology, English, Social Studies, and Journalism.  He also served as interim principal at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School in Jennings during the 2001-2002 school year, and most recently, was interim principal at St. Louis for the 2017-18 academic year.

A 1977 graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, where he earned a B.S. in Secondary Education, he also took graduate degrees from Loyola, an M. Ed. in Secondary Education and an M.P.S. in Pastoral Studies.  In 2004, he completed the Spiritual Directors program offered by the Diocese of Lake Charles, and served as a supervisor in the program.  He served three terms as Chairperson of the Council of Deacons, and was the Assistant to the Vicar for Clergy in the diocese at the time of his death.

Deacon Viau taught two Holy Cross theology courses offered through the Diocese of Lake Charles, Morality and Adolescent Faith Development and served on the teaching staff for the most recent Diaconate Formation Program of the Diocese, teaching New Testament Letters and Gospels to deacon candidates.  He has also taught Introduction to Catholicism and The Catholic Novel for the Center for Catholic Studies and was currently teaching a dual-enrollment course, Religion 201, at St. Louis Catholic High School through McNeese State University.

Deacon Viau enjoyed volunteering back to his community through the Covenant House, where he served as an educational tutor, for Hunger Walk-Bread for the World, sSpiritual director for the ACTS Community and with many other organizations.

Deacon Viau lived by Micah 6:8 “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Deacon Viau was known for his great memory, recalling facts, practical level-headed advice and willingness to do anything for his family and friends and those in need. He was a Spiritual director, known for his wisdom and guidance. He loved sports for entertainment and the knowledge of facts. His many interests included books and literature, the theater, opera, and science fiction. He loved his ACTS Community family, but his true passions in life were for God and his family, especially his grandchildren and Yorkie, Lucy.

Deacon Viau was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Doris Viau; and his in-laws, John and Teresa Sparacio. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Rosalie Sparacio Viau of Westlake; daughter, Christina “Tina” Burleigh and husband Phillip, also of Westlake; sister, Deborah Viau Valiente and husband Joseph; nephew, Stephen Valiente; niece, Kristen V. Romig and husband Neil; grandchildren, Brooks, Brennum, and Brecken Burleigh; and his beloved grand-doggie, Lucy.

Donations can be made in Deacon Viau’s name to St. Louis Catholic High School, 1620 Bank Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 221 Aqua Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70605, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 1536 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601, or to Camp Karol Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Lake Charles, LA 70611.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 3, in Our Lady of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Bishop Glen John Provost officiated with many priests of the diocese concelebrating  Burial followed in New Bethany Cemetery on the campus of Saint Charles Center in Moss Bluff.

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