PHILOSOPHY OF BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL is a community of faith integrating Christian principles and Catholic values with all living and learning experiences in an environment recognizing the spiritual dignity of each individual as a child of God.

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL is a family of students, teachers, parents, and alumni working together to encourage excellence, integrity, responsibility, initiative, and respect for the other in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the larger community of parish, municipality, and country.

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL stands for an education that develops soundness in mind, body, and soul. Brebeuf pursues an educational philosophy centred on academic and moral discipline. Brebeuf encourages the spirit to soar and the imagination to inquire. Brebeuf nurtures the sense of wonder in each student's unique development. Brebeuf rewards hard work and eager application. Brebeuf expects all members of its family to realize the fullness of the potential given by God.

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL believes that the way, the truth, and the life, informed by the teachings of Jesus, lead one to success, to happiness, and to service to the other. Brebeuf's hallmarks are faith, discipline, commitment, and friendship.

HISTORY OF BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL

The name Brebeuf was chosen for the new Toronto Catholic high school that opened its doors to the first students in 1963 for three reasons. One of Ontario's most illustrious and heroic pioneers was St. Jean de Brebeuf who first came to Canada in 1625, only seventeen years after the founding of this country by Champlain's French colonists in 1608. Brebeuf journeyed to the area around the present-day Midland, Ontario and introduced Christian values to the Huron Indians of that area.

A second reason for selecting the name Brebeuf was that Jean de Brebeuf was a French Jesuit priest and the priests who founded Brebeuf College School in 1963 were the Jesuits of the Upper Canada Province. Brebeuf's first Principal was Father Robert Meagher, S.J., a native of Montreal and a follower of the Loyola tradition in that city. Mr. O'Neil P. Gazeley, an alumnus of Regiopolis College in Kingston, was the first lay Vice-Principal of a Jesuit school anywhere in the world, and he held that position until 1991. Brebeuf's first staff consisted of 8 Jesuit priests, 1 Jesuit brother and 6 laymen.

The third reason the name Brebeuf was chosen for this high school was to provide each student and staff member with a person to emulate in his daily life. As is well known, St. Jean de Brebeuf was a giant among men, not only physically with his six-foot plus posture, but also academically, with his exceptional linguistic skills, and more so spiritually, with his dedication, zeal and courage. In 1649 Brebeuf was martyred after serving for sixteen years among the Hurons.

St. Jean the Brebeuf died at the age of fifty-six for the faith he hoped to implant in the hearts, minds, and the souls of his Huron brothers. In 1956, his grave was discovered by Father Denis Hegarty, S.J. at the present site of Ste.-Marie-among the Hurons, near Midland, and a simple, hand-etched lead plaque told the story of this heroic life:

P. Jean de Brebeuf Brûlé par les Iroquois Le 17 de Mars, 1649

This school named after the Jesuit missionary, Jean de Brebeuf, opened with one hundred Grades 9 & 10 students in September, 1963. Their Excellencies, Bishops Philip F. Pocock and Francis A. Marrocco presided at the official opening and solemn blessings on January 5, 1964. Brebeuf's first graduation class in 1967 consisted of 30 students, among them Mr. Michael Daoust,  formerly the head of mathematics at Brebeuf. The 1968 year had 74 graduates, one of whom was Mr. Robert Lato, the former head of guidance at Brebeuf.

Father Jean de Brebeuf, who spent three periods of his life in Huronia in the 17th century (1626-29, 1634-42, and 1644-49), less than 150 miles from the present site of the school, is now honoured permanently as patron of Brebeuf College School.

In May, 1983, Father William Ryan, the Provincial of the Jesuits, announced that the Jesuits were going to give up responsibilities for the operation of Brebeuf College School by June, 1984. This decision was made necessary by the steady decline of available manpower. Immediately, Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter and the staff of the Archdiocese of Toronto began to explore the possibilities to ensure the continual operatrion of Brebeuf. In February, 1984, Cardinal Carter's office announced that the Presentation Brothers were willing to assume responsibility for Brebeuf College, and would officially take over on July 31, 1984. Brother Lawrence Maher FPM was the new Principal. Thus the school is now operated by the Presentation Brothers.

Th Presentation Brothers of Mary are a Religious Congregation founded with a single intention -- to work for the Christian education and the formation of youth. The Order was founded in 1802 in Ireland by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, a wealthy and well-educated businessman in the city of Waterford. By the age of forty, Edmund Rice was noted as a generous layman, particularly concerned with the plight of the poor. After entering a monastery in Europe, he realized that his real vocation lay with the uneducated and poverty-stricken youth of Waterford.

It was in 1802 that Edmund Rice gave up his personal wealth and by 1822 he had become the Founder of the Presentation Brothers and the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Brother Edmund Rice died in 1844 but the work he began contnued throughout the world.

Today the Presentation Brothers operate elementary and secondary schools in the United States, Soutb America, the West Indies, England, Ireland, Africa, and Canada.

In 2002, the Metropolitcan Separate School Board announced funding for a new building to replace Brebeuf's outdated facilities. Under Principal Michael Pautler '76, the Brebeuf community was temporarily housed in the former Bathurst Heights Collegiate while the new building was being constructed on the original campus. On January 5, exactly 40 years after Bishop Pocock presided over Brebeuf College School's Solemn Blessing, staff and students began classes in the new state-of-the-art facility at the old campus.

BIOGRAPHY OF ST. JEAN DE BREBEUF S.J.

by Michael Williams (1963)

St. Jean de Brebeuf, the patron of our school, was a Jesuit priest born in France on March 25th, 1593. On March 16th, 1649, he bravely died at the hands of the Iroquois Indians near Midland, Ontario. On Thursday of this week, we, the first students of Brebeuf, will journey to the Martyrs' Shrine at Midland to pay our tribute to this noble Jesuit missionary after whom our school is named.

Who was this Brebeuf? From the size of his coffin discovered in 1956 at Fort Ste. Marie, we can conclude that he was a huge man well over six feet in height. The Huron Indians, with whom he worked, called him Echon, meaning "One who carries burdens." Physically he was a giant of a man.

Spiritually, he was also a giant of a man. Living in the midst of a very different culture, he never forgot his God, his faith, or his fellow man. When the day came for him to die for his God, his Christian faith, and the Huron Indians, he wrote one of the most amazing pages in the history of Christian martyrdom.

The Iroquois revered him as a symbol of all that was noblest and best in the Huron. Therefore, on the day of his torture they tried to make him cry out for mercy. If they could break this giant "Blackrobe" of the Hurons, they could humiliate the whole Huron nation.

Brebeuf was fastened to the torture stake. The hot coals beneath his feet began to burn his tender flesh. Iroquois knives delicately carved painful lines on his arms and legs. He didn't blink an eyelash. An opening was made in his wrist. A thin stick was pushed beneath the skin until it reached the elbow. Red hot tomahawk blades were placed around his neck. Still, Brebeuf showed no sign of pain. His Huron friends watched on proudly. The angry Iroquois torturers began to rage. They poured boiling hot water over his head in derision of Christian baptism. They punched him in the face.

Then, Brebeuf did something that stunned the Iroquois. He opened his mouth and began to preach about the Christian God. The Iroquois, who admired oratory only second to bravery, were beaten at their own game. They rushed out and cut out his tongue. Brebeuf looked at them and seemed to speak with his eyes. They cut out his eyes and stuffed hot coals in the sockets. Then, knowing they had been defeated by this giant Blackrobe, they cut out his heart and drank his blood to share in his bravery, nobility, and courage.

This, students of Brebeuf, is the man after whom our school is named.

CREST AND MOTTO OF BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL

The Brebeuf Crest was designed by Father Robert Meagher S.J., Brebeuf's founding Principal. It symbolizes the rich heritage and history of Brebeuf.

The black bull is taken from the family coat-of-arms of St. Jean de Brebeuf.

The cross of St. George and maple leaves are taken from the arms of the Province of Ontario.

The blazing sun forms the arms of the Society of Jesus, who founded the school and of which Brebeuf was a member. The flames on the circle symbolize the infinite love of Christ, and the little cross, the pinnacle of that love. The Greek letters "iota", "eta," and "sigma" are the first three letters of Jesus's name.

The angel's wings behind the large cross are those of St. Michael, the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The five small crosses on the larger cross represent each of the five Canadian Jesuit Martyrs (Jean de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalement, Antoine Daniel, Charles Garnier, and Noel Chabanel).

The Latin motto "Studio Gradum Faciant" is translated "To win merit through study", emphasizing the academic nature of the school.

ADMINISTRATION


1963-1972
Father Robert Meagher S.J.

1972-1976
Father Clement Crusoe S.J.

1976-1979
Father Ken Casey S.J.

1979-1984
Father Winston Rye S.J.

1984-1996
Brother Lawrence Maher F.P.M.

1998-2002
Mr. Joseph Brisbois, B.A.,B.Ed.,M.Ed.

2002-2004
Mr. Michael Pautler '76, B.A.,B.Ed.,M.Ed.,M.A.

2004-2008
Mr. Nick D'Avella, B.A.,B.Ed.,M.Ed.

2008-present
Mr. Anthony Azzopardi, B.Sc., M.Ed.

Vice-Principals

1963-1991 Mr. Neil Gazeley
Mr. Tom Sullivan
Mr. Peter Lee
Mr. Don Clattenburg
Mr. Peter Murphy
Mr. John Shanahan
Ms. Shirley Gasparet
Mr. Paul Coady
Ms. Alex Pope


 

JESUITS AT BREBEUF


Between 1963-1984: Len Altilia, Peter Ambrosie RIP, Donald Beaudois, Robert Brennan, Joseph Brzezicki, Kenneth Casey RIP, Maurice Kline, Alfred Colliard RIP, John Costello, Clement Crusoe RIP, Thomas Czajer, Douglas Daly, Edward Dunion, Raymond Desgroseilliers, Vincent DiNorcia, Robert Foliot, Edward Granville (RIP), Lawrence Hamel, Donald Hawkins, Richard Johnston, Clement Kambeitz, Denis Karamitis, Lawrence Kroker, Barry Leahey, John Le Sarge, Elmer MacGillivray, Eric Maclean (RIP), Brian Massie (RIP), John Masterson RIP, Doug McCarthy, Dale McClare, Vince McGrath, Kevin McKenna, Bernard McTeague, Robert Meagher RIP, St. Clair Monaghan RIP, Fergus O'Connor, Hugh O'Donnell, Donald Pare, James Peck, Terrence Prendergast, Walter Quest, Christopher Rupert, Cecil Ryan, Winston Rye, Anthony Sassur, Joseph Schner, Michael Stogre, Brendan Timon RIP, James Toppings RIP, Lorne Trainor RIP, Ernest Tyler, Robert Voekle, Richard Wade, James Webb,Robert Wiles

1984-1986: Rob Brennan (Chaplain)

2004-present (volunteers): Shawn Moore, Artur Suski, Chris Krall, Jon Polce 

 

THEATRE BREBEUF

1964: "Career Angel" by G.G. Murray (Comedy). Production Team: Gazeley, Toppings, O'Connor.

1965: "Brother Orchid" by Leo Brady (Comedy). Production Team: Luka, O'Connor

1966: "Arsenic and Old Lace" by J. Kesselring (Comedy). Production Team: Luka, O'Connor.

1966: "War, Peace, and the Common Man" by E.J. Barry (Original). Production Team: Barry.

1967: "Production Canadiana '67" by E.J. Barry (Original). Production Team: Barry, McDonald.

1967: "The Valiant" by Hall and Middlemass (Drama). Production Team: Barry.

1968: "No Man Is an Island" by R.W. Meagher (Original). Production Team: Barry, McDonald.

1969: "Man on the Move" by E.J. Barry (Original). Production Team: Barry, McDonald, McTague.

1969: "The Sandbox" by Edward Albee (Drama). Production Team: Day.

1970: "You Can't Take it With You" by Kaufman and Hart (Comedy). Production Team: Day.

1970: "The Lottery" by S. Jackson (Drama). Production Team: Day.

1971: "Witness for the Prosecution" by Agatha Christie (Melodrama). Production Team: Day.

1972: "The Whole Darn Shooting" by J. Perry (Farce). Production Team: Day, Barry.

1973: "Oliver!" by Bart and Dickens (Musical). Production Team: Day, Volpe, Barry.

1974: "Man of La Mancha" by Wasserman and Leigh (Musical). Production Team: Day, Volpe, Barry.

1975: "Twelve Angry Men" by R. Rose (Drama). Production Team: Day, Barry.

1976: "The Remarkable Incident at Carson's" by R. Rose (Drama). Production Team: Day, Barry.

1977: "Flowers for Algernon" by Rogers and Keyes (Drama). Production Team: Day, Whalen.

1978: "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie (Mystery). Production Team: Keyes, Whalen.

1979: "M*A*S*H" by T. Kelly (Comedy). Production Team: Keyes, Whalen.

1980: "A Man for All Seasons"" by R. Holt (Chronicle). Production Team: Keyes, Massie, Whalen.

1980: "It's Bigfoot" by T. Kelly (Farce). Production Team: Strimas, Massie, Whalen.

1980: "Showdown at Sand Valley" by K. Mitchell (Farce). Production Team: Strimas, Massie, Whalen.

1981: "Charly's Aunt" by B. Thomas (Farce). Production Team: Strimas, Massie, Whalen.

1982: "Ten Little Indians" by A. Christie (Mystery). Production Team: Strimas, Massie, Lee.

1983: "Fiddler on the Roof" by Stein, Harnick, Brock (Musical). Production Team: Strimas, Massie, Butash.

1983: "The Gift of the Magi" by A.C. Martens (Drama). Production Team: Strimas, Barrack.

1984: "The Odd Couple" by N. Simon (Comedy). Production Team: Strimas, Pautler, Mirvish.

1985: "Meanwhile Back on the Couch" by J. Sharkey (Comedy). Production Team: Ferri, Paulter, Chufi.

1985: "Brebeuf Passion Play" by M. Strimas (Original). Production Team: Strimas, Brennan.

1986: "See How They Run" by P. King (Farce). Production Team: Paulter, James, Simpson.

1987: "Witness for the Prosecution" by Agatha Christie (Melodrama). Production Team: Ryall, Mayer.

1988: "Arsenic and Old Lace" by J. Kesselring (Comedy). Production Team: Gosse, Keenan.

1989: "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie (Mystery). Production Team: Keenan, Barry, O'Neil.

1990: "God's Favourite" by N. Simon (Comedy). Production Team: Keenan, Paonessa.

1991: "Plaza Suite" by N. Simon (Comedy). Production Team: Keenan, Barry, Paonessa.

1992: "Thin Ice" by J. Bretts (Musical). Production Team: Paonessa, Barry. (Cancelled due to work-to-rule)

1993: "Jitters" by D. French (Comedy). Production Team: Paonessa, Hubbard, Barry.

1994: "Dracula" by T. Tiller (Drama). Production Team: Paonessa, Conran, Boyle.

1995: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" by Webber and Rice (Musical). Production Team: Paonessa, Adams.

1996: "Guys and Dolls" by Runyan and Loesser (Musical). Production Team: Paonessa, Adams, McDonald.

1997: "Grease" by Jacobs, Casey, Paonessa (Musical). Production Team: Paonessa, Adams, McDonald.

1999: "Jesus Christ Superstar!" by Webber and Rice. Production Team: Paonessa, Adams, Macdonald.

2000: "Children of Eden"

2001: "Romeo and Juliet. Production Team: Paonessa"

2002: (no play due to school relocation)

2003: "West Side Story. Production Team: Paonessa.

2004: "A Midsummer's Night Dream. production Team: Paonessa.

2005: "Every Body is a Somebody; The Odd Couple

2006: "Little Shop of Horrors"

2007: "Opening Night"

2008: "Once Upon a Mattress"

2008-09: "You Could DIE Laughing"

2009: "Ultimate 80s Prom"

2010: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat"

2011:

2012:

2013:

2014:

2015: "Spamalot"

MEN OF BREBEUF SONG

Oh we're the Men of Brebeuf
And we never give in!

Men of Brebeuf
And we just like to win!

Men of Brebeuf
Out to win every game!

Men of Brebeuf
Constant victory's our aim!

And we're the Men of Brebeuf
On the road to success!

Men of Brebeuf
Always more never less

We'll shout it aloud
'Til our hearers are deaf!

(first time...) Victorious Men of Brebeuf!

(last time...)
Victorious Men of...
Victorious Men of...
Victorious Men of...BREBEU...U...UFF!!!

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