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Gesu Library Dedicated to Board Member and Volunteer, Vivienne Lambert Ehret.

On April 4, 2016, young Gesu readers, board members, and friends gathered to officially dedicate the library to Vivienne Lambert Ehret in honor of her extraordinary service as Gesu School Librarian since 2006.

Vivienne has served Gesu School in multiple capacities for 14 years. Elected to the Gesu School Board of Directors in 2002, Vivienne served as a steady presence in working towards the mission and championing Gesu’s educational model. Committed to Gesu’s students, Vivienne sponsored a student from grades 1-8 through our Sponsor a Child Program.

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.

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.