The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Our Journey of Hope.” This is a very special year for the Congregation of Holy Cross, as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Basil Moreau (founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross), and 175 years since Holy Cross came to the United States. Each of these milestones calls us to take note of the many courageous men and women who have left footprints of hope for us to follow. “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 the hope.” (Holy Cross Constitutions)
Within in our own community, we are acknowledging an amazing milestone as well. Fr. John Blazek ’58, C.S.C. is celebrating his jubilee —50 years of ministry as a priest. The contributions he has made to Gilmour Academy as a minister and a member of our community are difficult to articulate in words or to honor in a celebration, but we are going to try our best.
On Friday, September 15, Gilmour Academy’s Founder’s Day, we have a very special day planned for the community, filled with events honoring Fr. John and our Holy Cross family, including a special Mass for students and their families at 9 a.m. at Weber Stadium. Please join us!
Blessed Basil Moreau explained that “an education that is complete is one in which the hands and heart are engaged as much as the mind.” By engaging our hands, heart, and minds, the students, faculty and staff will be working together to create the stepping stones for our Journey of Hope Prayer Garden, which will honor the 144 religious who have served at Gilmour; Skype with the Holy Cross Brothers in Ghana; write letters to members of the Holy Cross community around the country; and much more. It will be a day for our community to pause and reflect on the global Holy Cross community of which we are a part.