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St. John Vianney Prep: Memories of 50 years

Baton Rouge Bishop Robert W. Muench, above, was the homilist Nov. 28 at a Golden Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Rita Church in New Orleans honoring the establishment in 1964 of St. John Vianney Preparatory School, which closed in 1985. Bishop Muench, the school’s fifth rector, wore a special 1970 St. John Prep T-shirt (right) under his vestments. From 1964-85, the school produced 612 graduates. Fourteen serve as priests and five have been ordained permanent deacons, with more on the way. Other graduates, such as Louisiana Fourth Circuit Judge Paul Bonin, left, have a deep commitment to their Catholic faith. “The school ... excelled for two decades of transition – a bridge – from a pre-Vatican II model to a post-Vatican II model of identifying, promoting and preparing leaders in the church, whether for the priesthood or for the expanded role of laity,” Bishop Muench said. “St. John was truly a place where boys became men, where their faith, understanding and talents were developed.”  

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