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Brother Aidan's Extracts


"As early as 1851 Father Moreau had received appeals for missionaries for India." (See Bro. Benedict(Fitzpatrick)) 1851

"The Dacca Mission was offered to us definitively at the beginning of May . . . I accepted the Bengal Mission as a consequence of our approbation . . . ." Rome, May 25, 1856, FATHER MOREAU

"St. Gregory's High School, Dacca. "The results of this year's high school examinations of the Dacca, Bengal, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, just published, reflect great credit on the faculty of St. Gregory's High School, Dacca, one of the many educational institutions conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross in the dioceses of Dacca and Chittagong. The faculty of St. Gregory's consists of 5 American Brothers of Holy Cross from Notre Dame, and 20 Indian teachers, mostly college graduates.

"This year, approximately 700 candidates from the 15 high schools of Dacca town, St. Gregory's secured the first and third places in order of merit . . . .The 22 candidates presented by St. Gregory's for the high school examination of the Educational Baord this year have all passed with creditable results, a distinction rarely attained by any other school.

"St. Gregory's school came into existance nearly 50 years ago, to provide for the little group of Catholic Children whose parents were employed in Dacca. During the period from 1888 to 1910 the school was solidly organized and numerically strengthened under the able direction of the Reverend Francis Boeres, c.s.c . . . . . . In 1924 when St. Gregory's took on the complete high school course and was affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dacca, its doors were thrown open to all Indian students. The school now has an enrollemnt of over 500, including the sons of the best families in Dacca -- ample proof of the confidence which the people repose in the ability of the Brothers to furnish the very best in all that concerns the moral, intellectual, and physical welfare of their children.

"The American members of the faculty are at present Brother Neil, c.s.c., Headmaster, and Brothers Louis, Basil, Severin and Theodore." Brother Walter in the "Associate of St. Jopseh", 4:3, 1934

See "Bengalese", September '27

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