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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.

WASHINGTON, DC – Bishop Glen John Provost celebrated Mass on Friday January 18, for the National March for Life pilgrims from the Diocese of Lake Charles at Our Lady of Victory Church.

The pilgrims, numbering 158, included Milissa Thibodeaux, director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry; Father Trey Ange and Father Jeffrey Starkovich; four members of the order of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan and seminarians Sam Bond, Treville Belcher and Conner Chiasson.

Three chartered buses left Lake Charles on Monday, February 14, for the more than 27 hour journey road trip, which included a stop in Knoxville, Tenn., where the pilgrims attended Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart. At left are Father Starkovich, the main celebrant and Father Ange, who concelebrated.In the center is Knoxville Deacon Walt Otey, one of three deacons assigned to the Cathedral

During their pilgrimage, the group was housed at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland.

On Wednesday, they attended a morning liturgy at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Following Mass, they visited the Holocaust Museum. This was followed by a Rosary Prayer Walk from the Holocaust Museum to the White House.

Pilgrims in front of Basilica

Nightly programs for each evening of the pilgrimage were held at Camp Wabanna.

The group attended the Geaux Forth Rally, made up of other groups of pilgrims from Louisiana, on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Warner Theater.  Following lunch after the Geaux Forth Rally, pilgrims spent several hours at the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II.

Visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, Dr. Martin Luther King and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials were on Thursday afternoon. The Life is Very Good Rally was held Thursday evening on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Following Friday’s Mass with Bishop Provost, pilgrims participated in the National March for Life. Following the March, the pilgrims loaded the buses and began the journey back to Lake Charles traveling through the night, with a stop at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama for Mass. Departure for home followed a tour of the Shrine and visit to the gift shop with with a late evening arrival in Lake Charles.

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