The mission of Saint Stanislaus, a Catholic boarding and day school for young men, is to form each student to Gospel values by nurturing his spiritual, academic, and physical growth in a place of sanctuary structured to embody the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
November 3, 2017

Brother Joseph Donovan, S.C. (center) with President Brother Barry Landry, S.C. (left) and Principal Gary Blackburn. 

Bro. Joseph honored at New Orleans dinner

Nick Gachassin III, Class of '75, talks with Brother Joseph Donovan, S.C. 
More than 40 Saint Stanislaus friends and alumni gathered in New Orleans last month to honor Brother Joseph Donovan, S.C.

The dinner was held the evening of Oct. 19 at the Magazine Street home of Elaine and Bob Bergeron. Former Saint Stanislaus students whom Donovan mentored during his 40-year-plus tenure as a prefect, teacher and administrator took turns telling the man how much he had contributed to their development.

Brother Joseph Donovan, S.C.
The Character Cup, an award given annually to outstanding Saint Stanislaus students, was officially renamed the Brother Joseph Donovan Character Cup. Donovan was visibly moved as President Brother Barry Landry explained to guests that the Character Cup would be renamed.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of a new chemistry lab in the summer of 2018.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sent well wishes to Brother Joseph. And thank you Brother Joseph (an avid reader of our newsletters) for your charisma, endearing smile, commitment and true love for Saint Stanislaus, and for all the lives you touched in a positive way. 

The event could become the first in a series of annual dinners to honor the icons of Saint Stanislaus' history.

Dr. Walter Bringaze, Class of '75, and his wife, Angie

Director of Residency Freddy West, Class of '91
Jim Murphy, Class of '78, reminisces with Brother Eduardo Baldioceda, S.C.
Commemorative coins honoring Brother Joseph Donovan, S.C. 

29th Golf Tournament takes over The Oaks 

John Dane, Class of '96, scopes out a pin replacement. 
Cool weather, blue skies and the largest player turnout in recent memory were highlights for the 29 th Annual Saint Stanislaus Golf Tournament held at The Oaks in Pass Christian.

Another successful awards party capped the event, with grilled oysters and boiled shrimp for all players.
Special thanks to Patrick Martinez, Class of '99, and Brandon Rhodes, Class of '92, for serving as our "chefs" for the day, and to all of our sponsors including our event sponsors, American Eagle Logistics (David Lippman, Class of '78), Morgan Stanley (Jay Rousseau, Class of '78) and Merrill Lynch (Ted Longo, Class of '81, Steve Longo, Class of '77, Pat Kergosien, Class of '82, Steve Treutel, Class of '78).

Golf winners included:

Team gross: Gus Aime, Destin Aime, J.C. Brignone, Dustin LaFontaine
Team net: Josh Gardner, Jimmy Lunsford, Murphy Dore, Larry Fayard
Closest to the pin: Jim Davis
Longest Drive: Matt Schmidt
Putting contest: Jim Murphy

We look forward to seeing you next year for the much anticipated "30 th Annual Saint Stanislaus Golf Tournament."

Chris Trapani (left) and Brett Sides celebrate after sinking a putt. 

From left: Stephen Kulikowski, Scott Brewer, Bill Blythe and Donnie Renz

Dave Lundgren eyes the line of his putt. 

Been There: Lessons Through Experience 
Reconnecting with Saint Stanislaus Alumni

Brian: Can you tell me when you started at Saint Stanislaus, when you graduated, where you live now and what you are doing?
John: I started seventh  grade as a boarder in the spring semester of the '83/ '84 school year (I landed an open spot in Bro. Eduardo's eighth- grade dormitory), and graduated with the Class of 1989. I live in Metairie, La. with my wife, Yvette and two children, Susan, 17, and Phillip, 15, and co-own a structural-civil consulting engineering firm in New Orleans.
John Endom, Class of '89
Brian: How was Saint Stanislaus introduced to you at first? Did you attend camp and then decide to apply as a student? Were you hesitant about becoming a Rock-A-Chaw?
John: My older brother, Fred, started at Saint Stanislaus a semester before I did so I only knew of the school from short visits. I didn't decide to apply, my mother decided to apply for me! I was very hesitant about starting school, especially as a boarder in the middle of a school year. That all changed in a positive way though, as it does for most students.
Brian: Do you think the mission of Saint Stanislaus - to teach Gospel values, to nurture the total development of each student, to foster character formation and faith development - plays a role in your life now?
John: I think it's helped me make better decisions for me and my family.
Brian: What do you miss most about Saint Stanislaus?
John: Friendships, comaradery, and dormitory life.
Brian: Knowing what you know now, is there anything you wish Saint Stanislaus had offered when you were a student?
John: I enjoy my time on or near the water, especially fishing. More activities during the school year associated with the school's front-yard Bay - sailing, fishing, boating and the like - would have been great. It's good to see more of that happening now.  
Brian: Let's talk about friendships at Saint Stanislaus. Did you form lifelong friendships while at Saint Stanislaus? If so, with whom? What are they doing these days?
John: Yes! Jeff Aycock is married and an oral surgeon in Galveston, Texas. He's moving to a new practice in Houma, La. soon, and we look forward to that. John Baxter lives in Bay St. Louis, and is married with two children. He's a banker,  and his son, my godson, currently attends SSC.
Brian: Why is it critical for you, and your friends, to remain strong supporters of Saint Stanislaus?
John: My time at Saint Stanislaus was an incredibly positive experience, as I know it was for many others. There are many young men who could benefit from a Saint Stanislaus education and experience. Being a participant at any level in "giving back" is important for alumni.
Brian: We're sitting here in a beautiful New Orleans courtyard moments before the Brother Joseph Donovan event. What does he mean to you?
John: Observing Brother Joseph's wise words, even temper, and fair decisions while a student was and continues to be an incredible example for me of desirable characteristics for a man.  I didn't see the steel-tipped finger thing as a necessary characteristic.
Brian: I know there are probably many, but what's your favorite Brother Joseph Donovan story?
John: There are many. Some fellow students and I had a little run-in with local law enforcement one weekend...  for being out too late I think;  it was really not that big of a deal, but it seemed like it for us at the time. When the officers found out we attended SSC they assured us that Bro. Joseph would be informed. Well it turned out he was informed, but Brother didn't let us know that for two weeks while we sweated out the wait hoping we might be all clear. Brother Joseph decided the wait would serve as our punishment.
Brian: What advice would the current John Endom tell the seventh grader John Endom about time spent in Bay St. Louis, what to expect upon graduating high school, and how to handle life and its peaks and valleys?
John: I'd tell him, from a boarder's perspective, to embrace what the school, campus and town (it's grown up a bit since my time) have to offer. Spend more weekends at school, and get to know the day students. In my early years I probably spent too many weekends away from campus and the Gulf Coast.
There's no getting around it, there will be peaks and valleys. Peaks are easy; the valleys will test you. Your time at SSC will help to prepare you, and never forget your faith in God.
Brian: Thanks John for sitting down with me. Looks like Brother Joseph has entered the building. Time to greet the man of the hour. 
John: Absolutely. Thanks, Brian. Go Rocks!

Dorm Life
An ongoing series, Dorm Life is an inside look at, well, the storied dorm life here at Sai nt Stanislaus.

Have you ever thought about what happens to our boarding students after the last school bell rings on a Friday afternoon?

Well, a lot happens.

Saint Stanislaus boarding students have the opportunity to utilize the campus's playing fields for pickup games, hit the gym for a stress-reducing workout, grab a fishing pole and catch some dinner or, if nothing's biting, walk into town and enjoy some great comfort food from the Mockingbird Café or Purple Banana.
Saturdays and Sundays are just as busy.

Prefect Daniel Grieves with two of his residents. 
On a recent trip, students visited Honey Island and took the famous swamp tour. Upcoming trips include a New Orleans Pelicans game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the International Food Festival on the Gulf Coast, ice skating at the Coliseum and tickets for the world-famous Cirque du Soleil show (in Biloxi, not Vegas - sorry guys!). 

Boarding students also work to serve their
Gator sightings were part of the Honey  Island swamp tour. 
community. Notable projects include volunteering at the Hancock County Resource Agency to help set up mobile food pantries, escorting senior citizens from Woodland Village to attend the Hancock County Fair and working with Coast Electric at their hazardous home waste collection facilities.

Time management is something all of the Saint Stanislaus boarding students learn from the start and it's an extremely valuable tool to have once they graduate and move on to college or their professional careers.

And if a huge thunderstorm decides to rear its ugly head over the campus on a weekend? There's always the plush sofas in the newly enhanced, cross-hall lounge to bundle up on and watch back to back-to-back movies - just like at home.

If you know of any weekend opportunities for our boarding students and would like to donate or help out, please contact Kristen Tusa (


Boarding students blow off steam during a weekend trip. 

A new fire pit gives students a chance to stay warm with fall cool moving in. 
Street hockey action in the back of campus.

October was 'Respect Life' month

Eighth graders wait for Respect Life Mass to begin. 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops made October "Respect Life" month in order to call attention to the social justice issue of respecting life from the moment of conception to natural death. Saint Stanislaus' Campus Ministry team scheduled several events to help its young men become even more aware of their roles in protecting the "seamless garment" of life, as outlined by Cardinal Joseph Bernadin in 1984. 

All students viewed a powerful documentary about adoption called  "I Lived on Parker Avenue." The movie  tells the story of a young man who seeks and finds his birth mother, a young woman who had walked away from an abortion clinic - located on
Students Will Pennell and Aaron Rush with the presenter of "I Lived on Parker Avenue"
Parker Avenue - because of the encouragement of a protester there. The film encourages the "beauty of adoption" as a real and loving choice for women and men instead of the evil of abortion. 

The entire Saint Stanislaus community attended a "Respect Life" Mass in which Dr. Sidney Chevis, Class of '63, and his wife, Mary Chevis, a local couple who have fostered 100-plus babies and children during their lifetime on the way to adoption, participated as tangible witnesses to the role any of us can play in making adoption a more attractive choice to men and women
From left: Charlie DeMetz, Mary Chevis, Dr. Sidney Chevis, Brother Bernie Couvillion, and Charlie Gant
who consider abortion. 

Each morning, school prayers were focused on pro-life issues, reminding students that we can all bring our intentions to protect life to God. 

As a culmination of this attention to the "seamless garment" of life, 20 Saint Stanislaus students and two teachers will attend The March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January of 2018 to bring more pressure to our government to overturn the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Saint Stanislaus is committed to be a vibrant part of our Church's teachings, and "Respect Life" month activities demonstrate to our students the responsibility we all have in protecting all human life.

Big Brothers meet their Little Brothers at Saint Stanislaus 

From left: John Samson and Mark Ray
Each year, every seventh grade student is paired with a senior to establish a connection that will provide the young students a source of support, advice and friendship as new Rock-a-Chaws begin their experiences at Saint Stanislaus. 

Pairings are based on interest survey results so that there are common interests between the senior and his "little brother."
From left: Andrew Trapani and Bryce Deano.
After the luncheon that kicked-off the program, big and little brothers played pool, ping pong, basketball and board games as they began to know each other. During the school year, there will, of course, be informal interactions as well as more formal events, such as a dodgeball tournament, optional weekend activities, and an end-of-the-year beach afternoon. 

This program allows senior Rock-a-Chaws to mentor our newest students and share their Saint Stanislaus pride, and provides our newest students a guide here on campus.

From left: Braxton Shirley and Brady Logan 

From left: Jake Greer and Canye Bankston

Where Are They Now?

Davon Hayes, Class of '11 

Former Southeastern Louisiana guard Davon Hayes 
was selected by the Westchester Knicks in the NBA G-League Draft.

Hayes, who played for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in 2016-17, went as the eighth pick of the third round (60th overall).

Hayes, a 6-foot-6, 198-pound guard out of Portsmouth, Va., appeared in 32 games with 28 starts in his lone season with Southeastern. He was second on the team and 19th in the Southland Conference with 12.1 points per contest. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds while recording 55 assists, 27 steals and seven blocks. He was 13th in the league with 1.7 3-pointers per game.

Via the University of Southeastern Louisiana

Ryan Gibson, Class of '15

Ryan Gibson was named the University of California, Berkeley's "Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar-Athlete of the week." 

Gibson was given the honor "for acknowledging the significance of diversity in people and programs that exist at Cal with a keen eye on expanding his horizons, personally and professionally, via the academic and athletic culture," the university said in a release. 

"Ryan's appreciation for different perspectives stretches back to his extensive travel resume, which has played a role in him being drawn to Berkeley," the release continued. "His intentional pursuit for knowledge is evident when you see him passionately engage within a learning community."

Kenyatte Booker, Class of '91 

Colonel Ronald "Kenyatte" Booker is Chief of the Joint Staff Global Force Management Policy, Process, and Technology Division. This division integrates and synchronizes guidance, policy, doctrine, processes, education, training, and technology across the Adaptive Planning and Execution, Global Force Management, and Joint Deployment and Re-deployment domains that are compatible with Joint Distribution to enable more coherent, effective, and efficient adaptive planning and execution.

Prior to this assignment, Col. Booker was a student at the Joint Advanced
Warfighting School of National Defense University, in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Joint Advanced Warfighting School produces graduates who can
create campaign-quality concepts, plan for the employment of all
elements of national power, accelerate transformation, succeed as joint
force operational and strategic planners and be creative, conceptual,
adaptive, and innovative.

Via the United States Air Force 

Gary Ponthieux, Jr., Class of '90 

The Bay St. Louis City Council unanimously approved Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre's appointment of Gary Ponthieux, Jr. as Bay St. Louis's new Police Chief. 

Ponthieux is from Bay St. Louis and a St. Stanislaus graduate. 

"He is familiar with Bay St. Louis, the citizens and our community," Favre said. 

In appointing him, Favre said Ponthieux has experience in numerous aspects of law enforcement including patrol, general detective, narcotics, state and federal task force, and investigative and patrol supervision. 

Via the Sea Coast Echo 

Jeffrey Hansell, Class of '02

Chef Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9 in Covington competed for a chance to " Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network TV show.

The show puts two chefs against each other, and the chef who wins that competition then moves on to try to take down Flay.

Hansell competed against Boston-based chef Meghann Ward, according to the Food Network's website.  Ward is head chef at  Tapestry , a dual-concept restaurant that serves pizza, local beer and bar snacks in the front room of the restaurant, and more refined fare in the lounge area.

Hansell, who opened Oxlot 9 in the Southern Hotel with his wife in 2014, also owns  Smoke BBQ in Covington.  He received the Country Roads Magazine Small Town Chef's Award for 2017.


Athletics Update


The first round of playoffs start tonight at 7 at McComb. 


The Aqua Rocks placed third at the state championship meet in Tupelo Oct. 27-29.   

Upcoming Sports Schedules

Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer

Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball
Annual Fund Campaign

Without question, there is high market value for an education at Saint Stanislaus. And as we all have come to understand... anything of value costs.

During the month of November, we begin our Annual Fund Campaign. Take part by making a donation or monthly pledge here , or via your personalized donation card to arrive by mail this month. The time is now to strengthen the financial legacy of Saint Stanislaus as we continue to be the oldest and most prestigious boarding and day school in the South. Thank you for your ongoing support! 
Pete Benvenutti, Class of '44

Peter James "Pete" Benvenutti, Bay St. Louis native and longtime Cedar Point resident, passed peacefully from this life October 12, 2017, at the age of 92. Pete, "PawPaw" to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren and their friends, was a Marine who served in WWII and the Korean War, a small business owner, a city councilman, and a longtime parishioner at St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church. 

Pete has gone to join his beloved wife Betty, who passed away in 2013. He leaves behind eight children and 16 Grandchildren. 

Benvenutti's full obituary can be read  here

Aynaud Hebert, Class of '41

Aynaud Maurice Hebert, M.D. passed away on Sept. 19, 2017, at the age of 92. He was born on Aug. 6, 1925, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his brother John Robert Hebert (Jack); his father Aynaud F. Hebert; and his mother Marguerite Hartson Hebert. He was the beloved husband of Adelaide M. Hebert. 

Dr. Hebert graduated from  Tulane University and Tulane School of Medicine. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an Ob-Gyn Physician. Aynaud was a member of numerous Carnival Organizations, N.O.C.C., and the Pickwick Club.

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