St. Mary’s Catholic School alum continues motivational speaking tour

Barry Guillet

St. Mary’s alum, Barry Guillet, will continue his internationally renowned motivational speaking tour on Saturday, March 10, starting at 6 pm during the St. Mary’s Second Annual, “Whatever Happened To…A Trip Down Memory Lane.”

Get ready for an evening of stories and lore from St. Mary’s alumni and former employees including:

Barry Guillet, Entrepreneur, Class of 1964

Henry Chandler, Celebrity Chef, Class of 1977

Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU President, Class of 1982

Mrs. Nona Bobo, St. Mary’s Librarian, 1973-2008

Guillet will wow the crowd with tales of his athletic prowess. During his freshman year, he tried out for the basketball team and did so well that his coach gave him half a uniform. He chose the jersey while his freshman teammate, John Emmett Prudhomme, got the trunks.


Guillet was also well known for his musical ability and was often praised by the Sisters of Divine Providence for his ability to play the victrola, a talent he used to deftly avoid his shorthand classes. Guillet later applied to the Juilliard School, but sadly, was not accepted.


An experienced pilot who flew during the Vietnam War, Guillet will demonstrate the proper way to fly an airplane.

The evening will feature Live Auction Items, Light Hor d’oeuvres, and a Cash Bar. Social Hour starts at 6 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm in the St. Mary’s Gym.

Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Susan Wright, 318-352-8394, or Payne Williams, 318-352-6695,

“St. Mary’s was an incredible experience for me,” Guillet said. “I have a lot of respect for the school and no regrets that I went there. All jokes aside, I don’t tell many people I attended because I don’t want to sully its reputation.”

Disclaimer: The stories told in this article are fictional dramatizations based on true events.


2 thoughts on “St. Mary’s Catholic School alum continues motivational speaking tour

  1. Barry was one of the first people I met when I moved to Natchitoches. Against my better judgement, I stayed anyway. I wish I could attend this event. It will be well worth the price of admission!

  2. Growing up, Barry was an illustrious “orator” even when cruising Natch and occasionally stopping by Maggio’s drive-in window on the “Square” for a refill. I regret that I’ll be unable to attend what I’m sure will be much fun. Best always Barry.

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