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To All Brothers' Boys,
It gives me a great deal of satisfaction and pride to announce to you
that we are commemorating fifty years of Christian Brothers' service in
Without a shadow of a doubt, we can say that the Christian Brothers
have greatly enjoyed their stay in New Iberia. And from the wonderful
response of the people, we feel that the community has appreciated the
work of the Brothers.
Many of the Brothers who worked so hard here have gone on to their
reward. Many are still working in various parts of the Lord's Vineyard.
It can be said that all the Brothers who worked here have truly loved
it and are anxious to return.
We invite you to join with us to commemorate our Fiftieth Anni-
versary, and we ask you to remember all your fine teachers in your prayers
as you can be sure you are remembered in their prayers.
We wish for you God's choicest blessings.
Yours in Christ,
Brother Denis Charbonnet
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The mansion of C. C. Henshaw, purchased by Monsignor Langlois in 1913, served as the first school
house and later as the Brothers' residence before it was finally removed from the lot a few years ago.
The Beginning .
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
Catholic education for New Iberia boys was a definite
problem. Numerous attempts to relieve the situation
failed, and the matter was finally put into the hands of
the Carmelite Nuns of Mount Carmel Academy, founded
in 1870 for girls. But by 1903, it became evident that
the nuns could no longer handle the education of the
boys even after the addition of new facilities.
Monsignor I. M. Langlois, the industrious pastor of
St. Peter's Parish of New Iberia. then arrived on the
scene. In 1913, he purchased the mansion of C. C.
l-Ienshaw for 320, 000 to be used as a school building.
Now, his only obstacle was to provide a faculty for his
If there ever was an occurrence to prove the old
saying, "Every cloud has a silver lining, " it was the
outbreak of the religious persecution in Mexico around
this time. Many priests and religious were forced to
flee into the United States. A Baton Rouge pastor who
knew of Monsignor Lang1ois's problem convinced five
Christian Brothers from Mexico, who were passing
through that city on their way north, to go to New Iber-
ia. After seeing Monsignor Langlois, the Brothers de-
cided to stay and teach at the school.
On September 9, 1918, St. Peter's College opened
with a student body of 106 and a faculty of five. The
five were principal Brother A. Arsenius, Brothers A.
Xavier Qdeceasedj, Anselm fpresently at Catholic Highp,
Amable Marie fLouisj. and Gustavus fdeceasedj. These
men, together with Monsignor Langlois made Catholic
education for boys an astounding success in New Iberia
despite the misfortunes of those who had tried before.
A new addition was constructed to keep up with the
amazing rate of expansion and was dedicated by Bishop
I. B. Ieanmard of Lafayette on May 15, 1919.
St. Peter's produced its first graduating class in 1922
After many years of expansion and improvement,
in 1957 St. Peter's moved to its present facilities locat-
ed on Admiral Doyle and DeLaSalle Drives. Since the
school was no longer in St. Peter's parish, the name
was changed to Catholic High School.
This commemorative supplement to the 1968
Panther will try to awaken some fond memories of the
past years of St. Peter's-Catholic High by presenting
a collection of pictures from those memorable days
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