In a historical moment for the Diocese of Lake Charles, Bishop Glen John Provost ordained one priest and four transitional deacons to service for the local church in Southwest Louisiana during Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Bishop Provost ordained Rev. Michael Caraway to the priesthood and the four transitional deacons (the largest number of transitional deacons ever ordained for the diocese) – Deacon Sam Bond, Deacon Joseph Caraway, Deacon Andrew DeRouen, and Deacon Levi Thompson – in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. At the conclusion of the liturgy, before the final blessing by Bishop Provost, Deacon George Stearns, diocesan chancellor, pronounced the pastoral changes for a number of diocesan parishes, including the first priestly assignment for Father Caraway as Parochial Vicar to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur. Summer pastoral assignments for the four deacons was announced – Deacon Bond is attending the Liturgical Institute of Chicago; Deacon DeRouen is serving at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur; Deacon Joseph Caraway at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles; and Deacon Thompson at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles Father Caraway celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 30, at his home parish of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Jennings. Deacon Joseph Caraway, Father Caraway’s cousin, was the homilist for the liturgy.