18 Jan 2010

Catholic High Remembers Brother Aquin Gauthier, SC ’55

Catholic High School remembered Brother Aquin Gauther, SC, class of 1955, at a Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Baton Rouge on January 16.  A reception followed in the church hall.  Brother Aquin died in the early morning on January 13, 2010.

Brother Aquin served as development director at CHS from 1993 to 2005.  In his role as development director, Brother Aquin helped launch the Second Century of Excellence Campaign which provided the first installment of the Master Plan í the Health & Physical Education Building and the Brother Gordian Udinsky, SC Science Center.

íÍBrother Aquin worked tirelessly to advance the educational mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart throughout his life.  His dedicated efforts as the CHS Development Director made a Catholic High education possible for a great number of young men in the Baton Rouge area,íñ commented former CHS President Brother Francis David, SC.

In directing the development office activities, Brother Aquin worked tirelessly in the CHS annual campaigns with parents, alums and friends of CHS.  He was especially proud of his work to raise the number of endowed scholarships from 16 to 70. 

Brother Aquin believed, íÍthese scholarships are a part of the future of CHS and that these funds would allow young men who needed tuition assistance to have the opportunity for a Catholic High education.íñ 

Following his service to Catholic High, Brother Aquin moved to Thibodaux in the spring of 2006 to join the faculty of E.D. White and work in the areas of admissions and public relations. 

“Anyone that ever met Brother Aquin knows that he was a man of great energy and enthusiasm for life.  For over 50 years, the Brothers have been blessed by Brother Aquin’s selfless sharing of  his energy and enthusiasm with us in our mission as educators of youth.  As was evident in his battle with cancer, Brother Aquin was a fighter and an optimist, but more importantly, a believer in the goodness, the love, and the mercy of God.  His brought this same fighting spirit, optimism, and deep faith to everything he did and to everyone he met.  While he will be sorely missed, our final emotion has to be gratitude to God for giving us a Brother who was everything that he was called to be,” commented Brother Ronald Talbot, provincial of Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

Before beginning his tenure at CHS, Brother Aquin served as development director at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for 20 years.