St. André Bessette
Christian Service Program
As an independent Catholic school in the Holy Cross tradition, Gilmour Academy is committed to creating a coeducational environment conducive to a transformational experience for students supported by faith formation. The service program develops students who are passionate about, and compassionate toward, the world that surrounds them.
Our program's namesake, St. André Bessette, served as a Holy Cross Brother for 67 years and was doorkeeper at Notre Dame College of Montreal. There he welcomed and prayed for the poor and sick. His service continues to serve as an inspiration for us today.
The mission of Gilmour cannot be realized fully in the classroom. It requires that students go out into the world to help create a more humane and just society. Starting in preschool and through Grade 12, students are encouraged to use their own unique talents and gifts to become informed, aware and active citizens dedicated to doing justice and living the Gospel as they continue on their journey of faith.
Lower School Service Program
Each year, boys and girls Montessori through Grade 6 work on projects that are integrated into the curriculum through humanities class. These service learning experiences provide a means for young people to learn and develop through active participation in organized service experiences. They are designed to encourage social responsibility, to increase social awareness, to build self-esteem and to encourage friendships and relationships.
Grade 6 students also have the opportunity to join the Brother André Service Council, to become more involved in service opportunities that Gilmour provides. The council allows its members to have a more active role in all aspects of a service project, from identifying what the needs of our community are to organizing the actual project.
Middle and Upper School Service Program
Ministry to Children: Coordinated in Religion class. Each month students tutor at St. Henry School or are involved in activities with students at the Metzenbaum Center.
Ministry to the Elderly: Coordinated in Religion class. Each month students visit the elderly at various local nursing homes.
Ministry to the Hungry: Each freshman is required to help at the Cleveland Foodbank and at one agency that the foodbank serves. Transportation and supervision will be provided by Gilmour Academy. Both service trips will be coordinated with their advisor.
Grades 10, 11 and 12
Ministry to the Poor, Marginalized and Suffering: Each student is required to complete 60 hours of Christian service at an approved service agency. It is recommended that students complete 20 hours each year.
Seniors: Completion of 60 hours of Christian service must be completed the first day after returning from spring break.
For more information on the St. André Bessette Christian Service Program, including forms and details on requirements, Gilmour students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff can log in to their Community Portals at the top of the page and look for the "Service Program button on the left side of the page.