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Deacon wins, then donates, 50th anniversary artwork

Deacon W. Gerard Gautrau, who was ordained as a permanent deacon in December, won the door prize at the Clarion Herald’s 50th Anniversary Gala Feb. 27 at the Audubon Tea Room – a “live” collage painting of St. Louis Cathedral and the gala event by local artist Alex Harvie.

Deacon Gautrau, the chief financial officer for several corporations at Fountain Park Centre in Harvey, said he wanted to donate the painting back to the Clarion Herald in honor of the newspaper’s golden anniversary.

“I could put it in my office, but that would be like putting a lamp under a bushel basket,” Deacon Gautrau said. “I think this painting should be shared with more people, and I would love for it to be seen when people to come to the Clarion Herald offices so they can remember this milestone.”

Deacon Gautrau has been a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Destrehan for many years, and he is assigned to Holy Family Church in Luling.

Deacon Gautrau said he recalled seeing an advertisement for Armbruster’s Jewelers in the Clarion Herald in the 1970s, and that’s where he bought his wife Laura’s wedding ring.

Artist Alex Harvie

“Mr. Armbruster was our mentor when I was with the Columbian Squires, and the Squires contributed heavily to my vocation,” he said.

Deacon Gautrau also said he worked for Gregory-Salisbury & Co., an industrial equipment specialist. “Of the 12 guys I worked with, four became permanent deacons (the others were Deacon Tom Caffery, Deacon Henry Cassou and Deacon Charles Nunez),” he said. “There must have been something in the water.”

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