The mission of Brother Martin High School is to form young people through a holistic education that fosters academic excellence in a caring, disciplined community which integrates Catholic tradition and the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to meet the needs of a changing world.
On Wednesday, October 7th, Brother Martin hosted the 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association & Brother Martin Parents Club at Metairie Country Club. This year’s keynote speaker was Mr. Rod West from the Brother Martin Class of 1986. Mr. West reflected on his humility, hope and faith during the darkest days after Hurricane Katrina. He asked the question, “How often do we wear our uniform of the universal church?” Through humility and living by our creed we can go beyond our profession of faith and manifest in engaging with others everyday even when there is no storm in our lives. Also, in his reflection he pointed out that we should never wait for a conflict to bring people together in the universal church, but we should carry His cross at all times instead of when it is convenient for one in life. Finally, Mr. West closed with memories from Brother Martin High School and shared his favorite poem from Langston Hughes called “Live Your Creed.” Rod plans to continue carrying his cross as a leader in life.
Mr. West, a New Orleans native and resident of Algiers, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Entergy Corporation. Rod was an all- state defensive end for the Crusader Football team. After graduating from Brother Martin, he attended the University of Notre Dame on a football scholarship where he received his B.A. He played under Coach Lou Holtz and for the 1988 National Championship football team while at the Notre Dame. He received both his Juris Doctor and MBA from Tulane University.
An accomplished problem solver, Mr. West is a constant go-to person for civic results. In 2010, he led the New Orleans business community in achieving a dedicated source of funding for the redevelopment of the New Orleans Recreational Department. He also made the closing arguments to NFL owners on behalf of the city’s bid to host Super Bowl XLVII.
Widely known as a proven hands-on leader, Mr. West was uniquely involved in the rebuilding of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and the great American city that it proudly serves following Hurricane Katrina. His charitable and community work are largely focused on education, healthcare, economic development and the rebuilding of South Louisiana and New Orleans.
Thank you to the Prayer Breakfast Committee Members:
Mr. Joe Caruso ’79
Mr. Jeff Haro ’74
Dr. Tony Melito ’76
Mr. Tim Napier
Mr. Randy Oddo SA ’62