Gesu Update blog posts

The 2021 Gesu Gala is June 3!

Gesu has designed a fresh, fully virtual celebration featuring students and Spirit Medalists. Guests will enjoy food delivery from Di Bruno Bros. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include an exclusive online class with a master chef. Join us online to support Gesu’s 450 students and as we recognize our 2021 honorees:

Spirit Medalists
The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Stephen & Cheri Ziegler

James F. Higgins ’45 Distinguished Alumni Award
Jonathan Jackson ’99, Gesu School Lead Counselor

Sponsorship opportunities are available: 

Gesu Breaks Record for One Day Challenge!

Thanks to 620 donors nationwide, Gesu School exceeded our goals for the 2021 One Day Challenge! Our community is filled with gratitude for this support of our mission. Special thanks to The Z Foundation, Tim & Ellen Foster, Mary Kate Leonard, and an anonymous donor for supporting the One Day Challenge with matching gifts!

Gesu raised a record-setting $81,332.63!

Students donated $591.97 with “change for change.”

This year has been difficult for all, and we’re humbled by this outpouring of generosity. Your gift makes a difference, providing innovative education and critical resources for 450 children in North Philadelphia.

Thank you for supporting Gesu School!

Gesu Creates New Position: Vice President for Mission, Identity, and Inclusion

Gesu School welcomes Ed Beckett in this new role to foster community and integrate mission throughout policies, practices, and programs. Beckett brings deep institutional knowledge. He served as a Gesu Religion Teacher and leader of the Gesu parish youth group from 1989-92. A Gesu trustee since 1993, Beckett volunteered on the executive committee and as a founding member of the spirituality committee. 

March 11, 2021 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join Gesu to make a difference in children's lives? On March 11, Gesu School is striving to meet three challenges! You can help spread awareness and raise critical funds for 450 students in North Philadelphia. Click HERE to make your donation. 

Now, more than ever, Gesu relies on the annual support of donors. The pandemic has deeply impacted Gesu families. The One Day Challenge plays a vital role in raising the funds necessary to offer an innovative learning environment for in-person and virtual learners and to support our community's wellness during these challenging months. A gift of any size makes a difference! 

Celebrating 175 Years with the IHM Sisters, Gesu School Co-Directors

The Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary celebrated 175 years of service and leadership through fidelity, creative hope, and love. Their charism and faith in action have impacted thousands of children’s lives across the globe and here in Philadelphia in our Gesu School community. The IHM conviction that every child can learn guides Gesu in our mission and our efforts to provide the highest quality education for each child, including remedial and advanced classes and a soft skills curriculum. 

Congratulations to the Sisters, and wishing them blessings on their good works!

Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM has served as Gesu School Principal for more than 25 years, leading the school to become a national model for urban education. 

Gesu Virtual Christmas Concert Brings Peace and Joy

Enjoy this virtual recreation of our Gesu Gospel Choir Christmas concert! This Christmas season, Gesu recognizes our many blessings and the love that God brings into our lives, especially during these challenging months. While we can't be together in person for this beloved tradition, this medley from Gesu students and alumni will lift your spirits with Christmas joy!

Congratulations to these choir members for their hard work. We thank them for sharing their gift of song. Special thanks to Choir Director H.L. Ratliff and Nic Justice at Watch Me Rise Films for orchestrating this beautiful video.


Gesu Symposium Features Ibram X. Kendi on Antiracism in Education

The 2020 virtual Gesu Symposium drew nearly 1,800 attendees and featured a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author, leading antiracist voice, professor, and historian. Professor Kendi was recently named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. The 23rd Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education took place on November 11.

Join Gesu School for a Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

You are invited to Gesu School’s 23rd Annual Symposium! Join us for this discussion with Ibram X. Kendi, bestselling author, leading antiracist voice, professor, and historian. Moderator Trina Gary will dialogue with Professor Kendi on antiracism in the context of urban education and field questions from participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in this timely conversation with one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
5:00pm – 6:00pm Virtual Format with Question & Answer
Free of Charge 

Alumna Partners with Business Exec to Donate Meals

Loretta Bullock, Class of ’83 and Monica Chaudhari, a friend of the Gesu community, joined forces this summer to provide meals for those in need. Chaudhari, a seasoned corporate businesswoman and small business owner, was seeking to mentor a female entrepreneur expanding a start-up business. Bullock was in the market to grow her company, Ooh Lala Salads in North Philadelphia.

The duo met through a Gesu donor and instantly connected with their mutual interests in business and empowering women.

A Message of Strength, Hope, Community, and Justice

Dear Gesu School Community,
The past few months have challenged us in ways that we could not have imagined. We are enduring both a public health pandemic and a pandemic of injustice. But we cannot despair. Now is a time for strength, hope, community, and justice. These values are central to our Gesu community.