Although history deals with the past, it is important to keep it present so that we can learn from it and utilize our learning in the future.
St. Gertrude The Great – Catholic Elementary School
On September 10, 1950, Archbishop James Francis McIntyre dedicated St. Gertrude School and on the next day, the school opened with 110 students. Sr. Mary Giovanni of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was the Principal. The parish was under the pastoral care of Fr. Thomas O’Malley. In 1968, the parish/school hall was dedicated and in 1969 Fr. Thomas O’malley. In 1968, the parish/school hall was dedicated and in 1969 Fr. Henry Gomez was assigned to the parish. He served St. Gertrude’s for over thirty years.
In 1968, the administration of the school was given over to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians better known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.
In 1982 and 1983, the school experienced tremendous growth and added three new classrooms. In 1987, a modular classroom was added for the 8th grade and library.
In 1990 the school built two more modular buildings. One that serves as, a kindergarten classroom that opened in October of that year, and the other opened as a computer lab in February of 1991.
Enrollment trends over the past five years indicate that our numbers have remained steady with slight growth.
“We don’t know who her parents were or what became of them, and she may been an orphan. Gertrude was raised in the Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary of Helfta, Eisleben, Saxony from age five. An extremely bright and dedicated student, she excelled in literature and philosophy, and when she was old enough, became a Benedictine nun. At age 26, when she had become too enamored of philosophy, she received a vision of Christ who reproached her; from then on she studied the Bible and the works of the Church Fathers. Gertrude received other visions and mystical instruction, which formed the basis of her writings. She helped spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her writings have been greatly praised by Saint Teresa and Saint Francis de Sales, and continue in print today.”
“Saint Gertrude the Great”. Saints.SQPN.com. “8 October 2010. Web. September 2011. <http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-gertrude-the-great/>