Holy Cross Traditions
Gilmour Academy is an independent Catholic school founded in 1946. Our roots can be traced to the University of Notre Dame and to the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross by Blessed Father Basil Moreau, CSC, in the early nineteenth century.
Origins of Holy Cross
Fr. Moreau brought together a number of scattered individuals and communities who were working to restore Catholic practice after the French Revolution and founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (Congregatio a Sancta Cruce) in 1837.
Within three years, Brothers of Holy Cross had already crossed borders to become missionaries in Algeria and by 1841 a small group was dispatched to the wilds of Indiana where they founded the University of Notre Dame the following year.
Holy Cross Charisms
At Gilmour Academy we embrace the Holy Cross Charisms (gifts). These beliefs anchor our practices and guide our community in the 21st Century:
Divine Providence: Believing in God's loving care for man and the universe
Forgiveness: Extending mercy and compassion
Hope: Trusting that all will be well and that God is good
Hospitality: Creating a welcoming environment and “crossing borders of every sort”
Inclusiveness: Promoting diversity, respect, understanding and appreciation
Option for the poor: Showing special care to those who need help most
The Cross: Viewing hardship and suffering as opportunities for growth
Zeal: Desiring to make God known, loved and served
Education and Holy Cross
Fr. Moreau emphasized the importance of education in his writings and those teachings have inspired Holy Cross schools on five continents. These schools carry on Fr. Moreau’s charge, “We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.”
St. André Bessette
We place a special emphasis on service, hospitality and inclusion in honor of St. André Bessette, who served as a Brother of Holy Cross for 67 years. St. André served as doorkeeper at Notre Dame College of Montreal, welcoming and praying for the poor and sick and serving as an example for us today.