Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles

Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
Three St. Louis Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
By Pamela Seal
Diocese of Lake Charles
Three new seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles have been accepted by Bishop Glen John Provost, according to the Office of Vocations.
Michael DesOrmeaux, Julian Jones, and Liam Leonard — all from the St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 — will begin their studies at St. Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict near Covington in the fall. With the new additions, this brings the total to eight men in various stages of formation for the priesthood in the diocese.
Michael is the 18-year-old son of David and Courtney DesOrmeaux of Moss Bluff, and his home parish is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles. He is the oldest of five children.
Julian, a parishioner of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, is the 18-year-old son of Dawn Walker of Lake Charles and the late Shannon Brown.
Liam is the 17-year-old son of Kevin and Cathy Leonard of Sulphur, and his home parish is Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. He is the youngest of three children.
God’s call to the priesthood for each of these young men became obvious to them in various ways.
“There were a lot of times in my life when things were hard or didn’t seem like it would have a good outlook,” said Liam. “Priests showed me how to rely on God. I want to be that person for others.” Liam credits Father D.B. Thompson with being an influence on his decision to apply for seminary entrance.
“Just before Hurricane Laura, I was helping Father Thompson down in Creole,” he recalled. “I had been thinking about the priesthood for a while, but seeing him down in that community helping others, he had sort of a oneness with the people that really opened my heart up to the idea.”
Julian grew up serving the church and was always aware of how happy priests are. He said he wanted to experience that kind of happiness. It was his sophomore year in high school when he felt the tug on his heart to discern the priesthood.
“I had the same dream twice where I was celebrating Mass as a priest,” he remembers. “When I shared the dream with Father (Sam) Orsot, he told me that I should take that as a sign from God that He is calling me to be a priest. Then one day during Mass, I saw myself on the altar as a priest. I thought I was seeing things, but I took that also as a sign from God.”
Michael knew he would only be happy doing God’s will. It was something his parents instilled in him throughout his life. “I always had a general openness to whatever God’s will was for me, but it wasn’t until I made the St. Ben’s Come and See Vocation Discernment Weekend during my sophomore year when I was convinced of what God was asking of me,” he said. “While I was there, I felt a deep peace overwhelm me, deeper than anything I had ever known before. Since then, priesthood has been my focus.”
Liam enjoys reading, spending time with family, and learning to play the piano. He said he would do more fishing if he was any good at it. His favorite saint is Blessed Karl of Austria. “We live in an era where leaders don’t often stand for Christian values. We also live in an era where we have a decline of father figures. Blessed Karl is an excellent example of both,” said Liam. “We need leaders like him in our times.”
A few of Julian’s favorite pastimes are photography, listening to music, and being with his friends and family. His favorite saint is St. Sebastian. “In high school and middle school, I played a variety of sports,” he said. “My grandmother, Sandra Jones, told me I should pray to St. Sebastian because he is the patron saint of athletes. Over the years, I have grown to admire him.”
Michael enjoys reading and spending time with friends. He especially loves theology, which is one reason he is drawn to St. Thomas Aquinas as his favorite saint. “He was brilliant. To see this tremendous voice of reason and see him articulate theology so well is wonderful.”
Seminarians continuing in their formation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles are Josh Page from Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, Sulphur; Treville Belcher, Garrett Broussard, and Hunter LaRocca, all from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Lake Charles; and Philip Seilhan, from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Jennings. Their summer parish assignments are: Page and Seilhan — Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Belcher — Our Lady Help of Christians; Broussard — St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley; and LaRocca — Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
Anyone interested in a vocation to the priesthood is encouraged to contact Father Jeffrey Starkovich, Vocation Director, at jeffrey.starkovich@lcdiocese.org.

A Dance Class With Fitzgerald & Shakespeare

A Dance Class With Fitzgerald & Shakespeare

Dance class students have expanded their creative capacities and adapted to the new Covid world with a “dance for camera” production.  In lieu of a Fine Arts Night performance, dancers collaborated with Ms. Barrow to choreograph and produce A Night At Gatsby’s.  In addition, seniors Molli Miller and James-David Self reunited, a partnership that started with 2020’s production of Fame, Jr. The Musical, to perform First Sight.  Both pieces capture the essence of classic literary works, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, pieces both Freshmen and Juniors studied in English.  A Night at Gatsby’s displays the variety of genres studied this year, layered with each performer’s personal style.  First Sight features Molli’s love for contemporary work with a classical ballet foundation, a combination that exemplifies her beautiful lines and performance quality.  She and JD share such synergy on stage!  After enjoying the show, please also listen to what junior, Anna Cholley, and freshman, Asha Austin, learned about life from Fitzgerald and Shakespeare.

A Senior Year Like No Other

A Senior Year Like No Other

By Pamela Seal 
Diocese of Lake Charles  

Graduation for the St. Louis Catholic High Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 18, was about more than diplomas, awards, and scholarships. It was also the culmination of perseverance and faith during a senior year like no other.  

On Aug. 27, 2020, which was supposed to be the first day of classes for the new school year, Hurricane Laura destroyed the Bank Street school with 150-mph winds. Little did the seniors know their junior year — which ended abruptly because of COVID-19 — would be the last time they would ever walk the halls of St. Louis High.  

“When I found out about our school, my heart just dropped,” said Caroline Broussard. “I immediately started crying as I was looking at the photos on Facebook and texting all my friends.”  

The St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 celebrates
at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in the
Burton Coliseum on Tuesday, May 18.
(Photo credit: Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Jaide Navarre said she was terrified when she learned of the destruction. After the news sunk in, she quickly shifted gears to organize a cleanup crew. “I was on the phone for about 12 hours calling teachers, friends, and people that needed help,” she said. “We all got together. It was very bonding and didn’t seem as tragic as I thought it would be in the end.”  

Terry Sherman attended public elementary and junior high schools prior to starting at St. Louis his freshman year. “When I got there, they treated me like family,” he said. “After I heard the school was destroyed, I thought, where am I going to go now? No one will ever treat me as good as they did at St. Louis.”  

Within six weeks of Laura making landfall, Hurricane Delta slammed the already crippled region on Oct. 9. Less than two weeks later, students finally started the school year at a temporary campus set up on the school’s football field. Bishop Glen John Provost praised Principal Mia Touchet, the staff, teachers, and advisory board for making it possible for students to return so quickly after back-to-back hurricanes.  

“Even though we weren’t using the original school, just pulling up in the same parking lot and being next to the school was comforting,” said Caroline.  

A big part of high school are the memories, and the seniors were determined to adapt to the hand dealt by Mother Nature.  

“Homecoming was weird, but we made it work,” Caroline recalled. “We hosted it at the Lake Charles Country Club’s tennis courts so that it was outside and would be COVID friendly. Instead of having Twerp Week, we decided to have Scholar Week celebrating academics complete with a Scholar Week Court and pep rally.”  

“We celebrated Mass outdoors instead of in the school chapel,” said Terry. “They did everything they could to make some of the usual events happen for us.” The chapel and being able to eat lunch with his friends in the cafeteria were a couple of things Terry missed most about the school. “On the temporary campus, we had to eat in our classrooms, so I didn’t see a lot of my friends.”  

Caroline said one of her favorite memories of the old school was their school dances. “It was so much fun all being smooshed together in the cafeteria.”  

Even though each day was filled with uncertainty as the students navigated the unusual school year, one thing that remained constant was God’s guiding hand. 

Terry said he enjoyed going to St. Louis so much he was determined to find a way rather than switch to a school in Houston where he had evacuated.  

“I was driving from Houston to Lake Charles every day, getting up between 3-4 a.m. for about a month, because our house was destroyed,” he said. “When a couple of my friends realized what I was doing, they said there was no way they were going to let that happen. I lived with friends for about four months until FEMA finally helped my mom get a trailer and move back to Lake Charles. My friends were a huge blessing.”  

Jaide noticed how God always provided even when it was not the ideal situation. “Seeing the way everyone was able to lend a hand regardless of their own situation has been heartwarming and encouraging,” she said. “Going through this challenging time and seeing what is important has made our school overall become closer.”  

As chair of the Scholar Week committee, Caroline was tasked with planning a Twerp Week pep rally. It rained so hard the day before, plans had to be changed at the last minute. “We decided to host it on the deck and have students watch it virtually,” she recalled. “It ended up being an awesome event. We have been through so much this year, but we are thankful for the trials. I think that is God’s way of strengthening us.”  

“Even though there were a lot of struggles this year, I really did have a great senior year,” said Caroline. “I am grateful for the extra efforts to keep all of us together on the same campus. There is no way I would have had the amazing senior year I had if not for the temporary campus.”  

Jaide said she also is grateful for the way her senior year panned out. “If I could redo my senior year and have it gone down differently, I would not have it any other way,” she said. 

As for Terry, he feels like he has lived through the worst of the worst and won’t ever question what God has in store for him. “There will always be obstacles in life,” he said, giving credit to his mom for his strong faith. “I was blessed to be able to come back to St. Louis and play basketball for the Saints. You never know when something is going to be taken away from you.” 

 

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

The Diocese of Lake Charles is accepting proposals for construction services related to:

RFP 20.0028.51-06 Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church – Construction Services – Roofing

RFP 20.0028.07-06 Our Lady Queen of Heaven Life Center – Construction Services – Roofing

The RFP’s can be obtained at https://www.centralauctionhouse.com/Category/10485/DioceseofLakeCharles

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

St. Louis Catholic FBLA competed at the Louisiana FBLA State Virtual Conference from Wednesday, March 24-Wednesday, March 31. Students competed on the SLC campus by taking written tests, having live interviews, giving live and pre-recorded presentations and speeches. Here are this year’s stats:

  • 62 competitors
  • 4th place in Largest Chapter Membership in the state
  • 60 placements
  • 4 first place winners
  • 26 events qualify for national competition (highlighted in yellow)

Louisiana FBLA had approximately 900 competitors from 46 schools in the state

Way to go Future Business Leaders of America St. Louis Chapter!

Go Saints! We are proud of you! 🧡💙

 

Louisiana FBLA Virtual State Conference Results
Largest Local Chapter Membership Fourth Place
Event Name Ranking
Advertising Jade B. Sixth
Banking & Financial Systems Shelby W. First
Business Communication J.R. B. Third
Business Communication Kaia A. Fourth
Business Ethics Nicholas U. Second
Business Law Peter O. Fourth
Business Law J.R. B. Eighth
Client Service Peter O. Second
Computer Applications Jake S. Fifth
Computer Applications Kristen G. Ninth
Computer Problem Solving Joshua F. Third
Computer Problem Solving Callen H. Ninth
Cyber Security Andrew L. Ninth
Economics Vean R. Second
Entrepreneurship Emma D., Walter R., and Darren M. Sixth
Entrepreneurship Logan B., Mika D., and Nicholas U. Seventh
Help Desk Molly I. First
Help Desk Julian J. Eighth
Hospitality Management Chaise S. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Kate A. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Myca T. Eighth
Insurance and Risk Management Silas D. Tenth
International Business Hayden J. and Holden J. Third
International Business Megan U. Fifth
Introduction to Business Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Business Presentation Matthew G. Third
Introduction to Business Procedures Reese D. Tenth
Introduction to Event Planning Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Second
Introduction to FBLA Silas D. Fifth
Introduction to FBLA Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Financial Math Katie W. Ninth
Introduction to Information Technology Malia H. Fourth
Introduction to Information Technology Kate A. Sixth
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure Annie H. Third
Journalism Kaia A. Third
Management Decision Making Christian W. Second
Management Decision Making Mika D. Third
Marketing Sofie S. Fourth
Marketing Chaise S. Fifth
Mr. FBL Julian J. Sixth
Networking Infastructures Tyler A. Fifth
Organizational Leadership Christian W. Sixth
Personal Finance Molly I. Fifth
Personal Finance Saizar B. Seventh
Personal Finance Xander K. Tenth
Political Science Vean R. Second
Public Speaking Darren M. Fourth
Publication Design Katie R., Malia H., and Emma M. First
Securities & Investments Ailani F. Tenth
Social Media Strategies Sophie S. and Annie H. First
Sports & Entertainment Management Tyler A., Kyler C., Adyn G. Ninth
Sports & Entertainment Management Jules H., Stephen K., and Xander K. Tenth
Spreadsheet Applications Joshua F. Third
Spreadsheet Applications Saizar B. Fourth
Spreadsheet Applications Jade B. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Karli P. Fifth
Supply Chain Management Hayden J. and Holden J. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Holden J. Eighth
Word Processing Kristen G. Seventh

 

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

This year’s Senior Retreat theme was Survibin’. It’s what we’ve been doing this past year. Whether in the trenches or the clouds, we’ve yearned for and wondered where that Mighty Wind will carry us. Born from the discussions at a Reflection Day with Freshmen, the theme carried through Monday and Tuesday’s prayerful and playful activities. Though a different format for different times, camaraderie abounded, bringing together a resilient class. Near the Retreat’s conclusion, a string of words cinched us together, “This was a childhood dream.” Keep survive-in, vibe-in, and dream-in, you irrepressible Class of 2021.

A Retreat of Community & Faith~Junior Class

A Retreat of Community & Faith~Junior Class

Our Junior Class Retreat was a day of community and focus on our Catholic faith.  We began with mass at the Cathedral, where Father Jeff Starkovich celebrated and gave a moving homily that challenged students to pattern themselves after Christ in loving others more than love of self.  Junior Allie McCall especially was moved by the mass experience and had the following to say, “Junior retreat was very eye opening.  I learned a lot about myself and God.”  Students then were brought to Dry Creek Baptist Camp to break open the theme and begin their day of activities which ranged from shelter building to sharing our struggles with one another to patterning our lives after those who embody holiness. 

Sirach 6:14 states “Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter, he who finds one finds a treasure.”   Students were challenged to be a shelter for one another so that their burdens may be lightened.  They were also challenged in their small groups to build a shelter with limited supplies.  The shelters were weather tested for its ability to be wind and rain proof.  This activity helped Junior Thomas Watson work with his team through a given challenge despite having limited supplies.  It also moved the students to see beyond problems to be able to work within a community.  

Students also had moments of encounter with one another and shared stories from their own lives and their challenges.  When listening to and sharing struggles, students learned more empathy for their fellow classmates.  Michael Benoit stated, “The activities helped us to get to know the struggles of our classmates and be more aware of them which helped us to see that we are not alone.” Classmates were also able to connect also during free time in a fun game of Gaga Ball.  Luke Monlezun felt like it was a great time of bonding through friendly competition.  

 

The beauty of the day was embodied through the joy in students’ faces.  They truly enjoyed a day free of phones and technology and were able to connect in a meaningful way.  Anna Guidry stated it best when she said, “The Junior Retreat was so memorable.  I really like how the theme of community connected us as a class”.  This day set apart in nature enabled our Junior Saints to see God’s handiwork in one another and the beauty that each of us brings to everyday life. 

Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

DONOR GIVES NEARLY $2 MILLION TO FUND UP TO 400 SCHOLARSHIPS

AT DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES SCHOOLS

Deadline to apply is April 15

 

Lake Charles, La (March 12, 2021) – Up to nearly 400 students will have an opportunity to earn scholarships to attend Catholic schools this Fall within the Diocese of Lake Charles, thanks to the generosity of a patron giving a $1.8 million donation. The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the generous gift through ACE Scholarships, which provides children of low-income families access to quality education through its scholarship program.

“This incredible gift to our community comes at a time when Southwest Louisiana families are most profoundly in need, and this patron’s investment in their future is evidence of deep faith in the educational excellence of our diocesan schools,” said Bishop Glen John Provost. “Because of this generosity, families unable to afford Catholic school will find the assistance they need to make the best choice for their children. We urge families considering our Catholic schools to seek us out and seize this blessed opportunity.”

Students in grades K-8 receive up to $4,200 and students entering grades 9-12 receive up to $4,500 toward tuition. Families interested in applying for tuition assistance through ACE Scholarships must apply for enrollment at their school of choice and apply separately for a scholarship through ACE at https://www.acescholarships.org/become-a-scholar/louisiana/.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2021-22 academic school year is April 15, 2021.

“The gift of a quality education is a precious thing,” said ACE Scholarships President Arthur Dupré, “and this private donor’s desire to help Lake Charles and all the surrounding communities in Southwest Louisiana by investing in educational opportunity – particularly via the Diocese – will directly transform so many children’s lives. This donation is a testament to Bishop Provost’s leadership in ensuring academic excellence, and we at ACE Scholarships are proud to partner with the Diocese to open new doors for these families and these children. We look forward to helping enrich these young minds through a solid education and empowering them with access to the schools of their dreams.”

To qualify for an ACE Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
  2. Your family income is less than the amount listed in the chart (See link above).
  3. One of the following statements must be true:
    1. Your child attended a Louisiana public school during the 2020-2021 school year.
    2. Your child participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Credit Program during the 2020-21 school year.
    3. Your child will be attending kindergarten for the first time during the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, please contact the Office of Catholic Schools (337-376-0603 ext. 400).

Lady Saints Win State & Celebration

Lady Saints Win State & Celebration

Congratulations to the  Lady Saints basketball team who defeated Liberty Magnet 50-41 to earn the second state title – and first since 1989 – in program history. Sophomore guard Paris Guillory was named the game’s outstanding player. Guillory also earned first team all-district honors, along with junior Myca Trail, who was selected as the league’s most valuable player. Junior Raven Guillory was voted to the second team, while juniors Tia Reder, Mackenzie Williams and sophomore Gabbie Link earned honorable mentions. Coach Tony Johnson was selected as the district coach of the year for the third consecutive season.

Check out the Good Morning America segment with Robin Roberts!

The Lady Saints Basketball Team has organized a parade to celebrate the recent win of their State Title as well as the acccomplishments of our athetics department Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30pm. Sports Groups, Clubs & Organizations from St. Louis Catholic High School as well as our 5 Partner Schools are invited to participate. The parade will follow the same route as our homecoming parade beginning on the corner of 9th & Bank streets. Participants should line up by 5pm on 9th street along the soccer field facing East. There is no cost to particpate. For any questions please contact Rico Guillory 337-540-2719

Around Athletics

Around Athletics

Girls Basketball

The Lady Saints defeated 4th seeded St. Thomas More Tuesday night to earn their third consecutive state finals berth. Coach Johnson and his top-seeded team will once again battle Liberty (formerly Lee) Magnet for the title Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=316068#.YEEqj45KiUm or tickets will be available at the door for $13.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team downed 11 seed Thomas Jefferson Monday night to earn a trip to Friday’s quarterfinal round. Junior Bryson Hardy led the way with 19 points. Coach Guillory and his team will travel to face third-seeded Liberty Magnet in Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 and only available for purchase online at http://libertymagnet.ticketleap.com/liberty-magnet-boys-basketball-vs-st-louis-catholic/     .

Wrestling

The Saints wrestling team posted several strong performances in last weekend’s state meet in Baton Rouge. Coach Gage’s squad placed fifth as a team, led by two individual state champions: sophomore Luke Caballero at 106 pounds and freshman Hank Hebert at 113. Also earning spots on the podium were senior John Reina (2nd), sophomore Hank Milligan (3rd), freshman Graham Montet (5th) and junior Daniel Thomas (6th).

Powerlifting

Five Saints powerlifters advanced through last week’s regionals to qualify for the upcoming state championship meet in Monroe. Seniors Molly Inman, Stephen Kershaw and Connor Mills, junior Cody LeBato and sophomore Sam Slade will all make the trip to compete at the University of Louisiana-Monroe on March 18-19.

Track & Field

The Saints track & field teams opened their outdoor season at Wednesday’s Brusly Invitational. The girls dominated the meet, outpointing second-place Scotlandville by a 122-86 score. The boys, limited by injuries, placed fifth. Event winners for the Saints were: Wesley Maze (100 meters), Josh Orsot (400 meters), Mason Abshire (pole vault), Kenzie Touchet (100 hurdles & 300 hurdles), Maci Fontenot (high jump), Ali Myers (pole vault), Mary Claire Groves, Mary Dempsey, Ella Segura and Mia Medlin (4 x 800 relay).

Golf

Saints golfers will open their season Saturday at the Basile Invitational at Koasati Pines Golf Club in Kinder. Representing the boys will be sophomores Ross Anderson and George Trappey and freshmen Cameron Langley, Jonathan Perry and Collin Achee’. Playing for the girls will be junior Ann-Margaret Rosteet.