The Catholic High School motto “Acta Non Verba”, which means “actions not words”, is not only a principle set to guide students inside and outside of school hallways, but it is also applied to how mentors should promote the spiritual and academic growth of young people in the classroom. Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, educational reformer, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools, and patron saint of teachers, supported this claim by teaching his Christian Brothers that “example makes a much greater impression on the mind and heart than words.” When a group of Christian Brothers lead by Father John M. Langlois arrived in New Iberia, Louisiana to open Saint Peter’s College on September 9, 1918, the religious community set Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle’s philosophies as the foundations for educating and forming young boys in the area. Teachers and administrators have upheld the beliefs of the Christian Brothers and Carmelite Sisters through the past 100 years as Saint Peter’s College and Mount Carmel Academy have become Catholic High School. The institution is comprised of faculty and staff that are dedicated to impacting the lives of the students they serve.
Administration and Staff Throughout the Years
The staff at Catholic High School has changed significantly since the establishment of Saint Peter’s College in 1918. As the student body became larger and the demand for more teachers grew, lay teachers began to work alongside the Christian Brothers at SPC. When classroom space became limited at Saint Peter’s College, the school was moved and rebuilt at its current location on de La Salle Drive. In 1957 when the school moved locations, it was also renamed Catholic High School. Catholic High School developed a connection with Mount Carmel Academy, an all girls school founded by Mother Saint John and the Carmelite Sisters, when the all boy’s school opened its doors to girls in 1987. Many of Mount Carmel Academy’s students moved from MCA to CHS. Mount Carmel Academy closed down the following year, and the Carmelite Sisters left New Iberia. The Christian Brothers progressively left New Iberia also, and Catholic High School was left under the administration of laity in 1995 when the last Christian Brother, Brother Richard Kovatch, left Catholic High. Catholic High School’s administration and staff today is still primarily comprised of laity who live out the mission of Saint Peter’s College and Mount Carmel Academy to educate young men and women through their own words and actions.
Rt. Rev. Msgr. John M. Langlois
Rev. Msgr. Ignatius Martin, Superintendent of Mount Carmel Academy
Mother M. Dorothy, O’Carm
Brother Richard Kovatch
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