Students offer reflections and historical information on the founder.
January 20 was the Feast Day of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. Fr. Moreau was the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the visionary of schools, like Gilmour, that strive to educate minds and hearts and give students the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society. He was also a prayerful, humble man, who, trusting in Divine Providence, sent the best and brightest members of his community to serve those in need around the world, including in the United States.
His vision of an inclusive community consisting of brothers, sisters and priests was inspired during his prayer at a grotto (see above) in the French countryside. In a time of tremendous political stress and turmoil, in the wake of the French Revolution, Moreau followed God’s call and did not lose hope. Because he had the courage to cross borders of every sort, we are now celebrating 175 years since the Congregation began its ministry in the United States. The charisms of Divine Providence, inclusiveness, and hope breathe life into the halls of Gilmour Academy each day.
Enjoy this presentation about our community’s journey to the United States. This story is not just a part of our history, it is our call to take up our crosses and to be men and women of hope. “The footsteps of those men [and women] who called us to walk in their company left deep prints, as of men [and women] carrying heavy burdens. But they did not trudge; they strode. For they had hope." Holy Cross Constitutions 8:122
Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC., model of inclusiveness and hope, pray for us.