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Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2016!

Gesu School is proud of our 41 eighth graders, who graduated on June 15, 2016, at The Church of the Gesu. The Class of 2016 will attend outstanding high schools, and we look forward to learning of their many future achievements!

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J., a True “Man for Others,” Celebrates 50 Years Ordained.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J. has served at the Gesu parish and Gesu School since 1989 as Assistant Pastor, Chaplain, and Assistant Principal. On June 9, 2016, Fr. Neil commemorated his 50th Jubilee of ordination. Gesu School students, staff, and board members joined together for a joyful mass in The Church of the Gesu followed by a special tribute planned by students and faculty.

On what he treasures most about his ministry at Gesu, Fr. Neil states, “Seeing the students grow, become more responsible, try new things, not give up amidst challenges, and become more thoughtful and caring as they go through Gesu, high school, and beyond. The generosity and dedication of faculty and staff who make Gesu work are daily gifts.”

Gesu Students Engage in Community Service as “Young Men and Women for Others.”

As a Jesuit and IHM school, community service is ingrained in Gesu’s culture. In 2015-16, students participated in service projects during Catholic Schools Week, through the GEM (Gesu Extra Mile) Community Service Club, and several new initiatives.

Catholic Schools Week

During Catholic Schools Week, all Gesu students wrote notes to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Camilla Hall nursing home to thank the Sisters for their service and to share what they enjoy learning at Gesu.

2016 Gesu Gala, “Inspiring the Light Within,” a Success!

Thank you to all who supported the 2016 Gesu Gala! Your investment in Gesu School's 450 children enables us to provide a high-quality education and to ensure that each child's future will shine brightly. 

The 2016 Gesu Gala drew 360 attendees! We raised more than $371,000 in total! Enjoy photos and videos from the evening below, as well as media coverage of the event.

A special thanks to the 2016 Gala committee and co-chairs, Anne & David Hilton and Gretchen & Gordon Cooney, as well as all Gala sponsors, in particular, Presenting Sponsors: the Bogle & Renninger Families, and M & S Foundation and Susan Martinelli Shea. We are so grateful for your dedication, generosity, and efforts to make the 2016 Gala a tremendous success!

Announcing the 2016 Gesu Gala Live Auction Menu!

The 2016 Gesu Gala will include a live auction with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! Purchase your tickets by April 28, 2016!

We are delighted to share our live auction menu: 

Scotland Castle Getaway 

2016 Gesu Gala and After Hours Soiree on May 5! RSVP by April 28.

The 2016 Gesu Gala promises to be our most festive evening of the year! Join us at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on May 5, 6-9pm to support the children of Gesu School. This spectacular evening includes: 

2016 Gesu Spirit Medalists Announced!

Gesu School is honored to announce Peter G. Gould and Rev. Stephen D. Thorne as our 2016 Gesu Spirit Medalists, Gesu’s highest honor. Dr. Gould and Rev. Thorne will be recognized at the 2016 Gesu Gala on May 5, 2016, for their extraordinary dedication to Gesu School.

 Peter G. Gould 

Gesu School Presented with “No Place for Hate” Designation by the Anti-Defamation League

On December 4, 2015, Gesu School was recognized for the third consecutive year as a “No Place for Hate” school. Assistant Project Director with No Place for Hate, Lindsay Shafer, presented this special honor to Gesu School students during a ceremony for grades 3-8. Ms. Shafer acknowledged students’ efforts to build an environment where all are respected and where diversity is celebrated. She encouraged students to continue this important work throughout the school year and beyond.

The ceremony featured student poetry and videos created to strengthen community and prevent bullying. Students in grades Pre-K through 8 recently participated in an anti-bullying initiative to draw awareness to the issue through art. View a sampling of students’ engaging designs and innovative videos below.  

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform at Annual Christmas Concert on December 17, 2015

Gesu School presents its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00pm in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 17, 2015. All are welcome to hear the angelic voices of the choir warm your hearts and spread joy for the Christmas season! This is our gift to the community.

Pizza, cocoa, and cookies will be served before the concert at 6:00pm.

The concert begins at 7:00pm.

We hope you can join us for this festive performance! Find more details and RSVP


Church of the Gesu

N. 18th & W. Stiles Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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A Synopsis of Gesu School’s 18th Annual Symposium on Inner-City Education

“We want our children to be curious learners and critical thinkers,” said Gesu School President and CEO, Bryan Carter, to set the context for the 2015 Symposium—Tragedies and Current Events: Helping Students Understand What They See, Read, and Hear in the News.

With today’s technology, school-aged students are exposed to mass media with intense subject matter. What are the psychological effects? How can educators teach news literacy? What protocols can schools implement to help students cope when tragic events are reported? The 2015 Symposium addressed these probing questions, with prominent speakers delivering TED-style talks to an audience of teachers, education administrators, legislators, and supporters of inner-city education.