CHS Inducts Brother Ray Hebert, SC into the Hall of Fame
Brother Ray Hebert, SC, was inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame on Dec. 3, 2015, at the Hall of Fame Founder Banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
Brother Ray Hebert, SC, was born in Houma, LA, on Oct. 29, 1939, to the late J. Raymond Hebert and Leona Hutchinson Hebert and is the oldest of four children. He attended high school at St. Francis de Sales in Houma and was taught by the Marianites of Holy Cross and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart through his junior year. Brother Ray completed his senior year in 1957 at Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ, which then served as a center for educating Brothers prior to their apostolate in Catholic education.
After his year of novitiate in Metuchen, Brother Ray professed his first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He graduated Spring Hill College in 1961 with a bachelorí´s degree in secondary education with a minor in math and science. Brother Rayí´s teaching ministry began in 1961 at St. Aloysius in New Orleans. He was then transferred to St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, MS, the following year. In 1963, Brother Ray was assigned to Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, TX. On June 7, 1964, he made his final vows at St. Stanislaus Chapel in Bay St. Louis and continued to teach at McGill Institute in Mobile, AL, for two years.
In 1966, Brother Ray entered Manhattan College in Rosedale, NY, to pursue a masters in catechetical theology while serving as assistant novice master at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Belvidere, NJ. In 1968, Brother Ray entered the University of Notre Dame to complete his masters +30 in counseling psychology. He was later assigned to Brother Martin High School in 1972 where he taught religion and served as guidance counselor until 1975. Brother Ray was invited to enter Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained on May 21, 1977, by Bishop Stanley Ott at St. Francis de Sales Church.
For the next 12 years, Brother Ray ministered as guidance counselor, teacher of religion and math, director of campus ministry, dean of students and principal at E. D. White Catholic High School in Thibodaux, LA. From 1989 to 1996, he was campus minister and chaplain at Brother Martin High School, as well as director of pre-novices and post-novices. During that time, Brother Ray was also a presenter on psychosexual development to Brothers from around the world participating in international renewal sessions in Rome, Italy, and eventually became a staff member at the Brothersí´ generalate for almost six years in Rome, where he learned to celebrate Mass in Spanish, French and Italian.
In 2004, Brother Ray was assigned to Catholic High School. Since then, he has served as co-chaplain and school counselor, and ministers to the young students on campus so that they may mature into the men God created them to be. He also works with the Diocesan Task Force on considering the future of the Baton Rouge Diocese.
The Catholic High School Hall of Fame honors those men and women whose commitment and dedication to Catholic High School have been exemplary, and whose lives can be an inspiration to the students of CHS.