Gesu Update blog posts

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.

Dancing with the Students – Gesu School Performs at the Festival of Families!

Read a recap of this exciting event during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia! View photos and media coverage.

Dancing with the Students – Gesu School was selected by the World Meeting of Families to perform at the Festival of Families during Pope Francis’ visit on September 26, 2015. We are blessed and honored to have participated in this joyful, historic event.

Not only did these talented dancers perform beautifully and confidently before a crowd of about 100,000, but they appeared on 40 Jumbotrons across the city, on CNN, and in the Religion News Service and Washington Post! “I was excited and I felt honored because my school was one of the chosen schools to perform,” says Cierra, an eighth grade student.

Gesu School Gospel Choir Featured at the Revival in The Church of the Gesu!

On September 22, 2015, at the outset of the World Meeting of Families and leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, the Gesu Gospel Choir participated in the Revival—a celebration of community and prayer. The choir sang the prelude and set the tone for a joyful evening for an audience of hundreds.

Thank you to the Black Catholic Parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Martin de Porres Foundation for inviting Gesu to participate. We are honored to have performed among other regional choirs and at the debut of the Philadelphia Catholic Mass Choir!

Enjoy this inspiring video excerpt of the choir singing "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” at the Revival. 

Playground Build a Success Thanks to Donors, Staff, and Volunteers!

On September 19, 2015, the Gesu community gathered together to build a brand new, state-of-the-art playscape for our 450 students! Nearly 30 volunteers—numerous parents/guardians, Gesu staff, and friends from the community—spent the day hard at work on the structure.

Gesu is sincerely grateful to all the volunteers, and Kevin Umbreit from Recreation Resource USA, who made this project happen and have ensured that Gesu students have a special place to play outdoors!

Enjoy these photos from before, during, and after the build. 

Thank you to Recreation Resource USA for designing the playscape and to Burke, who manufactured it. 

Bryan Carter, President and CEO, in the Press as a Catholic Voices USA Associate at World Meeting of Families.

Throughout the World Meeting of Families, Bryan Carter, Gesu School President and CEO, served as a representative for Catholic laity through Catholic Voices USA. Stationed at the World Meeting of Families media center, Mr. Carter liaised with press to share his perspectives on how Pope Francis’ message of love and peace resonates in the family and at Gesu School.

Catholic Voices USA is an organization that speaks to current issues in the Catholic Church in a public forum. Mr. Carter was selected as one of 70 Associates to be present at the World Meeting of Families Conference. In this role, Mr. Carter’s insights were captured in the following national and regional publications:

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education is 11/6/15. Register today!

Join us for the 18th Annual SymposiumTragedies and Current Events: Helping Students Understand What They See, Read, and Hear in the News.

Friday November 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Networking reception to follow

Technological and social advances made during the twentieth century have resulted in increases in the immediacy and graphic nature of mass media coverage of current events.

Dancing with the Students – Gesu School on CNN during the Festival of Families!

Watch students dance the tango and the swing in this video clip from CNN! We are extremely proud of Dancing with the Students – Gesu School, who was invited by the World Meeting of Families to perform during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia on September, 26, 2015! Students danced an elegant tango, Pope Francis’ favorite dance, to “La Cumparista,” and energized the audience with the swing to “American Bandstand.” The performance was broadcast live not only on 40 Jumbotrons across Philadelphia, but also nationally on CNN! Congratulations to these very talented dancers on this tremendous accomplishment! 


Gesu School is honored to have participated in this historic event and to share in the joy of Pope Francis’ visit.