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The Gesu Gala is June 9, 2022!

Join us for the 2022 Gesu Gala outdoors at Fairmount Park’s Water Works. The in-person event is Thursday, June 9 from 6pm-9:30pm and includes:

Gesu President and CEO Honored

On February 12, Gesu President and CEO Bryan Carter was honored with the Trailblazer Award from Saint Ignatius Cleveland. The award is presented to Saint Ignatius alumni of color who have made history, forging new ground as innovators and pioneers, both at Saint Ignatius and beyond.

Read more about the award ceremony on the Saint Ignatius website.

Read a profile of Bryan Carter in the Saint Ignatius Winter 2022 Magazine (pg. 26).

Congratulations to Mr. Carter '76 on this recognition for his service and leadership in education.

Gesu sets a One Day Challenge Record!

 Thanks to more than 800 donors, Gesu exceeded our One Day Challenge goals and set a new record! Our community is filled with gratitude.

Gesu raised more than $108,000!
Students donated $910.00 with their “change for change” initiative.

Special thanks to our supporters who contributed matching gifts: 

March 10 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join Gesu to make a difference in children's lives? On March 10, Gesu School is striving to meet four challenges! You can help spread awareness and raise critical funds for 450 students in North Philadelphia. Click HERE to make your donation. 

You can help Gesu provide resources to nurture hope. Now, more than ever, Gesu relies on the annual support of donors. The pandemic has deeply impacted all, and especially Gesu families. The One Day Challenge plays a vital role in raising the funds necessary to offer an innovative learning environment and to support our community's wellness, from school counseling to after-school programs, and our graduate support program. A gift of any size makes a difference! 

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert December 16, 2021 in the Church of the Gesu

A beloved Gesu tradition returns! Join us to hear the beautiful voices of the Gesu Gospel Choir and to share Christmas joy. As our gift to the community, Gesu School presents our annual Christmas concert in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 16, 2021. All are welcome!

For our community’s safety, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination (except under age 12). Masks will be required at all times in the Church of the Gesu. A recording will be available for those unable to attend in person.

To RSVP, contact Kimberly Brennan, Director of Annual Giving & Special Events, at 215-763-9077 x 226 or

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

2021 Gesu Symposium is November 18 at 5pm. Register today!

You are invited to Gesu’s Virtual 24th Symposium: Working Together to Manage Pandemic Stress in Our School Communities. Speakers Marsha Richardson, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jabari Whitehead, Ed.D., Principal of Chatham Park Elementary School and Adjunct Professor at Saint Joseph’s University, will dialogue on this critical, timely topic. Participant Q&A will follow.

The educational landscape has shifted dramatically. Students and educators have returned to in-person classrooms and structured learning time after months of remote instruction and social and emotional upheaval. Join us for a virtual discussion with practical, actionable strategies on managing stress in school communities and strengthening our communities for the months ahead.

Alumni Return to Gesu as Professionals

Gesu alumni have returned to their alma mater's teaching team, administration, and counseling department to share their wisdom and experience. Our community is blessed to have these role models and advocates. Alumni on staff for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

Elnora Cutler ’07, 6th Grade Girls Teacher

Rakirah Fisher ’11, 5th Grade Girls Teacher

Bria Hawkins ’09, Art Teacher

Jonathan Jackson ’99, Lead Counselor

Dontae Leaf ’06, Dean of Students


(Below) Dean of Students Dontae Leaf '06 plans for the new academic year and his role on Gesu's administration collaborating with families, teachers, and students. Mr. Leaf volunteered at Gesu as a coach and on our maintenance team during his time in college at Drexel University. We welcome him to this leadership role. 

Back to School with Hope and Heart

Click to see photos from Gesu’s first days back to full in-person learning! Read media coverage of our back-to-school community event.

Gesu students and staff are brimming with hope for this new school year. The excitement was palpable as we welcomed our 430 students into our building.

Gesu Alumna Andre’a ’18 Selected as Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate

Read an interview with Andre’a ’18, a self-described Gesu “lifer.” Here, she details how Gesu inspired her writing and cultivated soft skills in motivation and grit. The new Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate reflects on her hopes for the future—for teens, for the city of Philadelphia, and for her own growth and professional success. See news coverage on Andre’a’s achievement as Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate.

On Gesu: Developing as a Writer and a Leader

Congratulations to the Gesu Class of 2021!

Gesu celebrated the graduation of 46 students on June 9 in North Philadelphia. Students earned more than $424,000 in scholarship and financial aid offers. The Class of 2021 will attend top high schools such as Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Friends Select, La Salle College High School, and Malvern Preparatory School. See the full list and photos below.

6abc Action News highlighted Gesu students in this segment. Watch now!


Above photos courtesy of Twin Sister Docs