Gilmour Academy traces its roots to the University of Notre Dame and the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross by Blessed Father Basil Moreau in the early 19th century.
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Origins of the Congregation of Holy Cross
On March 1, 1837, Fr. Moreau founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in the small village of Sainte-Croix, France, bringing together a disparate community of individuals working to restore the Catholic faith in the aftermath of the French Revolution.
In just three years, the congregation spread to Algeria through missionary work, and by 1841 a small group of brothers were dispatched to the wilds of Indiana, where they founded the University of Notre Dame the following year.
Mission to Educate
Throughout its history, the Holy Cross mission has been to work as educators in the faith, serving the Catholic Church by educating the heart as well as the mind.
Fr. Moreau emphasized the importance of education in his writings, inspiring Holy Cross schools on five continents, which to this day follow his 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.”
Focus on Hospitality
The Holy Cross tradition also places a special emphasis on service, hospitality and inclusion in honor of St. Andre Bessette, who served as a brother of Holy Cross from 1870 to 1937 and was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
Practice of the Charisms
Gilmour Academy embraces the gifts, or charisms, of the Congregation of Holy Cross, anchoring our practices and guiding our community in the 21st century and beyond. View slideshow below to learn more.
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