10 Jul 2018

Brother Xavier Werneth Answers The Call To Join The Novitiate Team

“Teaching is my first love. CHS is the best high school I know of.” – Brother Xavier Werneth, S.C.

Beloved Brother and longtime CHS faculty member Brother Xavier Werneth, S.C. has announced he will not be returning to CHS for the 2018-2019 school year. Brother Xavier has been reassigned to the novitiate team in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where he will be working with four young men who are beginning the novitiate in their formation to become Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

“There are not enough words to describe the impact Brother Xavier has had during his 15-year tenure at Catholic High School,” said Lisa Harvey, CHS principal. “He has served as a master teacher, an outstanding instructional supervisor, a kind and gentle colleague, an avid supporter of our students and the embodiment of the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. We will certainly miss Brother Xavier, but we wish him well in his important work at the novitiate.”

Brother Xavier is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and one of five children of Francis and Maurine Werneth. He attended McGill Institute in Mobile, and graduated in 1961 from the Brothers’ prep school in Daphne, Alabama. After graduation, he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, and graduated summa cum laude in 1965 with a B.A. in English and education. He professed his first vows as a Brother of the Sacred Heart in 1962 and final vows in 1968.

Brother Xavier began his teaching career in 1965 at Catholic High School. During his first 10 years, he taught English and served as the English department chairperson from 1968-1975. In addition to his classroom duties, he moderated several clubs on campus, served on a number of provincial committees and chaired the diocese’s Project Equality Task Force. In 1971, he earned a master’s degree in English from LSU, and was a nominated member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Beginning in 1975, he served seven years as principal of E.D. White High School in Thibodaux, where he founded and served as the first president of the Principals Association in the Diocese of Houma- Thibodaux. In 1981, Brother Xavier received the first National Catholic Education Presidential Award for outstanding service to the Catholic schools in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese.

Elected by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to serve on the Provincial Council from 1979-1982, he was then elected provincial superior for the New Orleans Province for two, three-year terms. In 1986, he was elected by major religious superiors to serve as an at-large-member on the national executive committee of CMSM (Conference of Major Religious Superiors). In 1988, he was elected by the General Chapter in Rome to serve a six-year term as general councilor.

From 1995-2003, Brother Xavier served as local director of the St. Stanislaus community in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and was also supervisor of instruction at St. Stanislaus boarding school.

In 2003, he returned to Catholic High School to teach sophomore English and serve as supervisor of instruction. During the past 15 years, he has continued to serve on several provincial committees as well as the Baton Rouge Diocesan School Board. Presently, he serves on the Brothers of the Sacred Heart’s Board for the Brothers’ schools in the South, and has been the local superior for the Woodside Brothers’ residence for the past 12 years.

Please help us honor the dedication and service Brother Xavier has given to Catholic High School at a farewell celebration on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m. All past and present students, colleagues, friends and family are invited to attend. Your good wishes are the only gifts Brother Xavier wishes to receive. If you plan to attend, RSVP here.

Brother Xavier Werneth, Farewell Celebration
Thursday, August 2, 2018
5 to 7 p.m.
CHS Union