Helias High School and The Foundation for the Benefit of Helias Catholic High School will induct six people into the Helias Hall of Fame at Saturday's "Celebrate the Legacy" fundraiser gala at Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Hall of Fame honorees "must have graduated at least 20 years prior to induction, demonstrated loyalty and service to Helias, distinguished him or herself in a chosen field and have exhibited moral standards to the credit of the school," according to a news release from the foundation.
The Most Rev. John R. Gaydos, bishop emeritus of Jefferson City
Gaydos is the son of George and Carrie Gaydos. He graduated from St. Agnes School in 1957 and attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary from 1957-61, from where he then entered Cardinal Glennon College.
He graduated in 1965 and went to Rome to study at the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, from where he obtained his bachelor's degree in dogmatic theology in 1969. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Francis Reh in St. Peter's Basilica during his studies in Rome on Dec. 20, 1968.
Gaydos served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester upon his return to the United States until 1974 and of St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis until 1977. He was the secretary of John Cardinal Carberry and vice-chancellor of St. Louis from 1977-81, then secretary to Archbishop John May and full chancellor until 1990. Gaydos became pastor of St. Gerard Majella Parish in Kirkwood in 1990 and vicar general of St. Louis on Feb. 14, 1996.
He was appointed the third bishop of Jefferson City by Pope John Paul II on June 25, 1997. He received his episcopal consecration Aug. 27 that year from Archbishop Justin Rigali, with Bishop Michael McAuliffe and Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb serving as co-consecrators at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
Gaydos served as chairman of the Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and currently sits on the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, Administrative Committee and Committee for Communications. He is a member of USCCB Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Board of Trustees, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary; and North America College's Board of Governors.
Helias experienced significant growth in facilities and programming under Gaydos' leadership of the Diocese of Jefferson City. He granted permission for the construction of the school's new science center, chapel and administrative addition, as well as the Crusader Athletic Complex.
His support of the work and ministry of Helias has placed the school in a position to be successful in providing secondary Catholic education in Jefferson City for decades to come.
Didier de Carvalho Aur
Aur is the son of Rhomes and Celina Aur. He is married to Kelley Choate Aur, and they have two children — Jonathan Aur (Brittany) and Celina Aur.
He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1979 and earned his bachelor's of science in education and master's of science in special education from the University of Memphis. He earned an MS in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University and is working on a master's in Catholic studies.
His teaching career began at Presbyterian Day School, which led to a teaching position at his high school alma mater. He served at Christian Brothers as a teacher, coach and administrator. Aur was named principal of Holy Names Catholic School — a Jubilee School in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis — after he served 10 years at CBHS.
He served seven years as president of Helias and currently serves as development director for all nine Jubilee Schools in Memphis.
Didier and Kelley are parishioners of the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Memphis, where Aur serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and director of the annual silent auction. His community involvement includes being the founder and executive board member of the Blue Streak Scholarship Fund Inc.
His loyalty and service to Helias during his presidency showed in many spiritual and structural ways. He greeted the students at the front door each morning — most of them by name. Aur changed the name of Helias High School to Helias Catholic High School. He launched the mission trip program, which involved many Helias students who embraced Christian service, deepened their faith and increased their desire to help others beyond their days at Helias.
Aur started the Helias Hall of Fame, as well as the annual Grandparents Day Mass and Luncheon. His works were endless for the school expansion of a larger chapel, a science center, dance team and choir rooms, as well as new administrative offices.
His greatest vision was the Crusader Athletic Complex adjacent to the Helias campus, which came to fruition — with the assistance of Ed Twehous — after many long hours of negotiations and meetings with the Diocese of Jefferson City, local community members and generous donors. Aur has been a consultant on the expansion plans since leaving Helias.
Harold Godfrey Butzer, '40 (posthumously)
Butzer was the son of Guido Gottfried and Elizabeth Emma Angenendt Butzer, born in Mary's Home. He was married to Catherine Louise Markle Butzer, and they have four children — D'Arcy Butzer Blosser (Jim), Lisa Butzer Dulle (Paul), Vanessa Butzer Robe (Matt) and Nikki Butzer Sims (Dan). Harold and Catherine have nine grandchildren.
He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1940 and was involved in tennis and played trumpet in the band. Butzer earned his engineering degree from Rolla School of Mines and Metallurgy, but only after he served in World War II as a commissioned officer with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the European theatre.
He owned and operated Harold G. Butzer Inc., a mechanical contracting firm, for 63 years until his retirement in 2010 at age 88.
He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish. His community involvement included the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Columbus Holy Sepulchre, City Council of Jefferson City from 1961-63, president of the Jefferson City and Cole County Republican committees, and as a member of the U.S. Electoral College in the 1968 and 1972 elections.
Butzer was a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Medical Foundation and served on the board from 1979-94. He was on the first St. Mary's Lay Advisory Board established in 1961 and served for many decades with St. Mary's, including on the Citizens Advisory Board and as board president.
He was elected to the Board of Directors of Exchange National Bank (now Hawthorn Bank) and served for several decades. He also served with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce (vice president from 1966-68 and president in 1981), Missouri State Chamber of Commerce (1968-89) and the Samaritan Center Building Committee. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Jefferson City and a Paul Harris Fellow, as well as numerous other civic and professional organizations.
Butzer's personal and professional support of and involvement with Helias included numerous behind-the-scenes projects since its beginning. He was involved in various building projects and maintenance of the school. His reputation for fairness and honesty was well-known not only for Helias, but throughout the entire community.
Harold, 92, died Sept. 6, 2014, and Catherine, 92, Nov. 18, 2016.
Mark Saucier, '68
Saucier is the son of Alvin and Ruth Saucier. He is married to Carolyn Brennan Saucier, and they have six children — David Saucier (Amy), Nathan Saucier (Ali), Rachel Perrone (Justin), Aaron Saucier (Kaitlin), Rebecca Saucier and Micah Saucier. Mark and Carolyn have 11 grandchildren.
He graduated from Helias in 1968 and was involved in National Honor Society, football, track, Student Council, Boys State, Catholic Youth Organization and Knights of Columbus Squires.
Saucier's work history includes the Missouri Office of Aging, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and St. Joseph of Cupertino church in Cupertino, California. He began with the Diocese of Jefferson City in August 1976, where he currently serves as coordinator of mission advancement and director of the Mission Office.
Saucier is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Jefferson City, where he has served as past Parish Council president, lector, member of the Bell Tower BBQ committee and various ad hoc committees. His community involvement includes jail ministry, founding member of Koinonia House — a men's residential recovery program — board member of Healing House and New Beginnings, president of the Merida Foundation and work with Habitat for Humanity and the Knights of Columbus. He previously was involved with Agape House — hospitality for families of prisoners.
He served on the national boards for UNDA (former Catholic Communications association) and the Peru Peace Network. Saucier received recognition from Gabriel Awards and Catholic Relief Services.
Saucier's involvement with Helias includes volunteering to work numerous events, sports boosters and giving a variety of talks to students on missions and lay discipleship. He is a wonderful example of someone who has committed his life to doing God's work through his work with the Diocese of Jefferson City, the people of Peru and various other mission work.
Wilbers is the daughter of Chris and Emily Luebbering. She is married to Gary Wilbers, and they have three children — Christopher, Adam and Elle.
She is a 1988 graduate of Fatima High School in Westphalia, where she was involved in marching band, FHA, National Honor Society and CYO. Wilbers received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in May 1995 from the University of Missouri, where she studied animal science from 1988-91.
She worked as a veterinarian for Bishop Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Rolla and Westside Veterinary Clinic in Jefferson City. She is currently self-employed with her husband, Gary, at Ascend Business Strategies and works occasionally doing relief veterinary work.
Wilbers is a member of St. Stanislaus Parish in Wardsville, where she has served as a previous member of the St. Stanislaus School Board, officer with the St. Stanislaus Home and School, Ladies Sodality, NCYC chaperone and assisted with the Scrip Program. Her community involvement includes volunteering with Special Olympic Missouri, board member of Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and previous Samaritan Center volunteer.
Her involvement with Helias includes heading the Planning Committee for Concessions at the Crusader Sports Complex, vice president and president of Helias' Parents' Club, weekly office volunteer, and assists with various activities such as Just Desserts, football, spring musical, March for Life and Grandparents Day.
Rogers is the daughter of Jack and Lorraine Kehoe. She is married to Mike Rogers, and they have three sons — Kevin Rogers, Brian Rogers (Courtney) and Sean Rogers (Jessica). They have one granddaughter, Lochlyn Rogers.
She graduated from Rosati Kain High School in St. Louis in 1976 and played basketball all four years. She attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Rogers worked for St. Joseph Cathedral Grade School for four years and has been the school secretary at Helias for the past 15 years.
Peggy and Mike are members of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson City, where she co-chaired the annual Christmas Bazaar and volunteered with the Home and School Organization and with the cooks in the kitchen. She volunteered at St. Joseph Grade School from 1995-99 and was then offered a job to work in the office, where she was employed until her employment at Helias in 2003.
Her involvement at Helias goes above and beyond her role as school secretary. She volunteers behind the scenes and after work hours to help in any way she can, especially with clubs and organizations. She has been awarded the St. Martha Award from Helias for service to the school and the community. Her willingness to help where needed extends to her dedication and assistance with foundation events including Grandparents Day, Annual Golf Tournament, Homecoming 5K and the Hall of Fame. She attends numerous athletic and music events to support the students.
She has been christened as "every Helias Catholic High School student's 'mom'" and "the heartbeat of Helias."
She is also Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.