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.
May 4, 2018
Stanislaus Takes Service to Klagetoh, Ariz. 
Each year Saint Stanislaus sends a small group of students and faculty members on a mission trip to Klagetoh, Arizona. The service and learning trip to St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh has been an active ministry of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart for many years. Participants spend a week in service to the Navajo people, "walking in beauty."  

This year, Saint Stanislaus sent two groups to St. Anne's -- one over the
Thanksgiving break and another over the Easter break. Service projects on the trips this year included cleaning out homes, pumping water from a well, cleaning out sheep and horse corrals, repairing corral fences, digging a hole for an outhouse, re-shingling a roof, painting a barn, hosting an Easter egg hunt for the community, hosting a game night for the nearby boarding school children, clearing sage brush, and collecting volcanic rocks from one of the sacred mountains for the sweat lodge.

This year, five students and two faculty members were able to experience the beauty of the Navajo people over the Thanksgiving break and eleven students and four faculty members over Easter.

Thanksgiving participants were Mr. Tim Roberts, Mrs. Letha Boudreaux, William Weber, Jack Wikoff, Chris Luffey, Jacob Kurka, and Leandro France. Easter participants were Mrs. Letha Boudreaux, Mr.  Jeff Jordan, Mr. Gus Dos Santos, Mr. Chris Davis '98, Alex Rimmer, Nathan Hale, Leandro France, William Weber, Philip Wittmann, Jack Wikoff, Jacob Burleson, Austin Gardner, Nicholas Ray, Zach Whitley, and Robin Spanks.
Kairos Retreat Allows Time for Reflection
Twice a year, Saint Stanislaus and Our Lady Academy retreatants unplug from their devices. The students retreat from chronological time so they can enter God's time -- called " Kairos"  in the New Testament In March, campus ministry directors Mrs. Betsy Gagnet and Brother Bernard Couvillion offered the 20th edition of the Kairos retreat series: a three-night, four-day, student-led experience based on the Cursillo movement. 

During Kairos, student and adult leaders probe key themes: knowing themselves, discovering God in their life, responding to God's call, and living in union with Christ.  The setting is Fr. Kelley Retreat Center in Bay Saint Louis, a ministry of the Divine Word Missionaries. The four days, with a rigorous 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. schedule, follow a rhythm of music-based meditations, sacramental celebrations, experience-based talks, journaling, small group exchange, times of silence, and sharing in meals and recreation. Over time, a spirit of trust and unity builds among retreatants. 

A key feature of Kairos is that it is peer-led. The student team is composed of seniors who have already experienced the retreat, with a few 
faculty  members steeped in the Kairos spirit. 

In his introduction, Brother Bernard likes to explain to the retreatants, "The difference between Kairos and other retreats is that it focuses mostly on helping you find your own personal story of relationship with  God  during a few days of discerning and discovery.  During the process, you will have the opportunity to become very close to the others involved in the retreat. As it unfolds in a spirit of mutual openness, reflection, and trust, a strong sense of  community  takes hold. And God is present in that community."
'Rock the Night Away' Provides a Prom for the Disabled 

The red carpet was rolled out recently for over 100 special guests. The guests, disabled adults from the community, attended "Rock the Night Away," a prom hosted by Saint Stanislaus and Our Lady Academy seniors in conjunction with the South Mississippi Regional Center and The Disability Connection. 

As guests arrived, they were greeted and crowned as royalty for the night. They took pictures in a limo and were given a unique flower arrangement hand-made by Saint Stanislaus and OLA seniors. 

Inside the event, the dance floor was packed and the music was in full swing, thanks to our Saint Stanislaus DJs.

Annual Report Goes Digital

The 2016-2017 Saint Stanislaus Annual Report has been completed and can be accessed online by clicking here. If you have any questions regarding the report, please email Brian Murphy at

Dorm Life
An ongoing series, Dorm Life chronicles the lives of our boarding students here at Saint Stanislaus. 

Boarding students make up the core of Saint Stanislaus's new lacrosse program.

The inaugural season for the Saint Stanislaus lacrosse club is winding down, but you wouldn't know it. U.S. and international boarding students make up half of the team assembled this year and the interest level has been incredible. Whether it's in the hallways of the dorms,
after school or on weekends, you are sure to find a lacrosse player working on his game.

Congratulations to all the lacrosse student athletes who have participated in the inaugural season. You can see the f ull team roster here.

Been There: Lessons Through Experience 
Reconnecting with Saint Stanislaus Alumni
Successful people stay positive and keep looking forward, while learning from past experiences, both good and bad.

That being said, when you graduate from Saint Stanislaus and begin another chapter in life you still have to wonder...

How would I be different if I hadn't attended Saint Stanislaus?

Would I have gotten into the same college? Would I have been able to graduate in four years? 

Would I have chosen the same career path? 

Would I have (or will I) seek out a private, Catholic school education for my own kids?

It's difficult to answer any of those "what ifs" because as a Saint Stanislaus student you did have the benefit of a high school education that surrounded you for years  with teachers who pushed and supported your efforts and friends who did the same.

Being in a structured environment that encourages personal growth and educational success gives students the confidence to  approach professors in college or advocate for themselves. Every dollar invested in a Saint Stanislaus education is worth it. Saint Stanislaus's time-tested methods are a big reason why you should consider the school for your sons, too. 
Boyd Housey named STAR student

Saint Stanislaus is proud to announce that senior Boyd Housey has been named the school's 2018 STAR student in the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program. 

Housey earned this recognition by achieving the highest ACT score of this year's senior class. He scored a 34 out of a possible 36. Housey recognized Saint Stanislaus French and English AP teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Kayes, as his STAR teacher who has had the most influence on his high school educational career. The STAR Student-Teacher Recognition (STAR) Program is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation.

Saint Stanislaus STAR teacher Jennifer Kayes commended Housey on his work ethic in the classroom: "Boyd has a promising future ahead. He has been an asset to my classes: working 
tirelessly to surpass expectations, participating in creative and thoughtful ways, and demonstrating intellectual curiosity. I have enjoyed teaching him and wish him the best."

Housey plans to study Finance at Georgetown University.
News from the Archives 

Thank you to our latest yearbook digitization sponsors for their generosity and dedication to preserving school history:

Michael Flynn '72
Chuck Wood '74
Hunter Vegas '82
Chris Trapani '84
Luis Barocio '96
Steven Alberti '96

To view our collection of digitized yearbooks,  click here. The following years are still available for sponsorship: 1956, 1957, 1960, 1975, 1985, 1987, 1997-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017. 

Be sure to check out our latest project -  digitized issues of The Rock-A-Chaw! We currently have five issues available online, and are seeking sponsors to help with the digitization and preservation of other issues we have that are in fragile condition. 

If you're interested in sponsoring a yearbook or newspaper, or have items you'd like to donate to our school archives, please contact Anna at

Band Earns 'Superior' Rating

The Advanced Band traveled to Pearl River Community College where they participated in the South Mississippi Band Festival. The Band received an overall "Superior" rating, the highest rating available. The students have worked hard this year to achieve this goal. Congratulations to all of the Band Rocks:

Sam Chen (9th)
Ana Hebert (OLA 7th)
Eugenie Saunders (OLA 8th)
Ashton Alderman (OLA 8th)
Aryanna Kellum (OLA 8th)
Alto Saxophone
Ezekiel Tatum (9th)
Atticus France (8th)
Tenor Saxophone
Joshua Grumme (10th)
Baritone Saxophone
Philip Wittmann (12th)
French Horns
Aloysia Theobald (OLA 8th)
Anna Hazlette (OLA 8th)
Wallace St. Paul (9th)
Andrew Castle (10th)
Joel Grumme (9th)
Tyler Varnado (11th)
William Zhang (10th)
Luke Borchelt (9th)
William Quave (9th)
Chae Anton (9th)
Luke Beyer (10th)
Darien Henry (11th)
Gabe Sandoz (9th)
Cameron Corr (10th)
Jack Brown (9th)
Kendall Desporte (8th)
Ralph Romaguera III (8th)
William Rogers (8th)
Reese Cooper (7th)
Gordon Licciardi (8th)
Allison Arnoult (OLA 7th)

Marine Science Students Tour the Okeanos Explorer 

Marine Science students got a personal tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship the Okeanos Explorer recently. The Explorer is "the only federally funded U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge," according to the NOAA website. The ship was preparing for a major expedition in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

The expedition will survey to a depth of 2,400 meters the biology and geology of an unexplored, narrow ridge feature off a system of canyons on the southern end of the West Florida Escarpment. The Explorer surveyed similarly shaped ridges during CAPSTONE efforts in the Pacific Ocean, so this dive will help scientists compare the faunas of two ocean basins in similar environments. 
Bryant Addresses Seniors at Breakfast
Seniors recently attended the 6th Annual Hancock Chamber Recognition Breakfast, hosted by the Education Committee. Mississippi's First Lady, Deborah Bryant, was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Bryant is an enthusiastic proponent of education in Mississippi and lends her time and efforts to supporting schools throughout the state. 
Athletic Updates


Varsity baseball finished with a 12-12 record (5-5 in the district), and ended the season with a loss to Purvis in the 2nd round of the playoffs. 

Track and Field

The Rocks won the Region 4-4A Championship this year for only the second time in school history. The Rocks went on to become South State runners-up for the second consecutive year. The team qualified 12 entries to the state meet which will be held today. 

Record-setting relay teams have paced these great performances. The 4x8 record (2014), the 4x1 record (1997), and the 4x2 record (1997) have fallen. 

Tony Benton, Andy Brown, Fred Lewis, and Robb Hoff held the 4x1 and 4x2 records from 1997. J.D. Rutherford, Delvin Henry, Brandon Bordelon, and Robin Spanks are the new record holders. 

Brendon Caliva, Christian Nunez, Tom Burcham, and David Burk held the 4x8 record from 2014. The new record holders are Landry Lemoine, Michael Raymond, Madison Grindall, and Alex Koons. 


The Lacrosse Rocks are 0-2 after losses to North Shore (10-0) and Mandeville (5-2). 

Where Are They Now?

John Swider '87

The film "1959," which Mr. Swider directed, got its worldwide video-on-demand release this month. Check out the press release for the movie here

David Zanca '86 

Mr. Zanca returned to campus to speak with Mr. Mark Logan's Entrepreneurship class. Mr. Zanca is a senior director with Blanchard and Company in New Orleans. He spoke to the class about the different ways to utilize entrepreneurial skills during collegiate and professional years. 

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Randolph C. Bourgeois '45

LT. Col. (USA ret.) Randolph C. Bourgeois, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

The Colonel, as he was affectionally known, was born in Bay St. Louis on August 31, 1927. He attended both St. Joseph Academy and St. Stanislaus College where he graduated in 1945. Upon graduation, as many men did, Randolph enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in order to serve his country. On September 7, 1946, he married the love of his life, Theresa Sartwell, with whom he shared 71 years of marital bliss prior to her passing in 2017.

Read Lt.Col. Bourgeois's full obituary here. 

Leslie B. Lampton

Leslie B. Lampton, businessman, philanthropist and founder of Ergon, the energy-based company he established in 1954, passed away Tuesday, April 17, of natural causes at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 92 years old.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, graduating from Ole Miss, and then serving again in the Navy during the Korean conflict, Mr. Lampton returned to his hometown of Jackson with a plan to enter the oil business. With the support of his bride, the former Dorothy Lee Crum, Mr. Lampton embarked on a business career spanning 64 years that would see him at the helm of Ergon, a diversified empire that provides jobs to over 2,600 employees in Mississippi, 29 other states, and several other countries. While other businesses were moving to Texas during the oil boom years, Mr. Lampton made a commitment to remain in Mississippi, his home state.

Read Mr. Lampton's full obituary here. 

Brock J. Rock

 Joseph Rock, 42, a resident of Pasadena, Texas passed away, Friday, April 27, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Rock was born on September 25, 1975 in Morgan City, the son of Earl Joseph Rock Sr. and Beatrice Ann Pennison Rock.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by one brother, Brad Rock and wife Misty of Morgan City; one sister, Priscilla Cooley and husband James of DeRidder; his partner, Jaime Hernandez of Pasadena, Texas; two nieces, Carissa Rock Upshaw and husband Mike, Jana Cooley Hebert and husband Clint; two nephews, Jared Cooley and Brandon Rock; four step nieces, Kaylyn Roe, Sarah Elliott, Matison LeBlanc, Maycee LeBlanc; four great nieces and nephews, Peyton, Jeremy, Payton and Addison; one great step niece, Gracie Roe.

Brock was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Joseph Rock Sr. and Beatrice Ann Pennison Rock; two brothers, Earl Rock Jr. and Chris Rock.

Ronald J. Sylve

Ronald Joseph Sylve entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the age of 75. Ronald was the devoted husband of the late Dawn Gleason Sylve. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norris and Nolia Sylve, his brother Donald and his sister Cynthia. He was the beloved father of Connie S. Briscoe ( Scott) and Patricia A. Sylve. He is survived by his grandchildren Spencer and Sarah Briscoe and his brothers, Brother Raymond Sylve, S.C., and Anthony Sylve. 

He will be sadly missed and remembered by a host of nieces, nephews and a large extended family. Ronald was a Brother of the Sacred Heart for approximately 13 years prior to his marriage. He worked in the electrical field for Summers Electric and Armstrong Electric and enjoyed retirement for many years. He was also a volunteer at St. Stanislaus for the past five years. 

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