celebrate their vocation and to pray that others might follow in their path. The Brothers’ vocation is relational. It literally calls for them to be persons of faith and brothers to others. As we reflect this year on the important vocation of Brotherhood, each of us is called to reflect on the sacredness of our own vocation, whether single, married or the consecrated life. We must assess our fidelity to our particular calling and be instruments of God, helping each other on our faith journeys. We must recognize the blessings of God in others and be blessings to one another. The blessings of God have been abundantly evident in the work of the Brothers as they have followed their calling to educate young people. Through all these years, they have been helping them discover who they are and instilling in them the understanding that if they follow their passion, employ good thinking skills, be lifelong learners and have a good moral compass, they, too, can, and must, make a difference in the world. There are currently eight Holy Cross religious residing at Gilmour, most of whom live in the recently renovated Holy Cross House located at the southwest corner of the campus (Cedar & S.O.M. Center Roads). We are grateful for their continuous years of ministry and the strength they bring to our Holy Cross mission.
GHANA HOLY CROSS RESIDENCE NAMED FOR FORMER GA HEADMASTER
n January 21, 2012, the Brother Rex Hennel Scholasticate House in Sunyani, Ghana, was dedicated. It is named in honor of Brother Rex Hennel, C.S.C., a former Gilmour Academy Headmaster and one of the first three Holy Cross Brothers to arrive in Ghana to begin the building of St. John’s School in Sekondi. Brother Rex was the first Headmaster of St. John’s and served there from 1959-1963. The Brother Rex Hennel Scholasticate House was built for Brothers from the district of West Africa and for members of other communities who wish to reside with the Congregation while attending the Catholic university in the area. His first Holy Cross assignment was at a mission in Bangladesh in 1941. While en route, Brother Rex and other Holy Cross missionaries were captured in Manila in the Philippines as World War II prisoners and taken to an internment camp where they were held for the duration of the war. Upon his release, Brother Rex taught at Holy Trinity High School in Chicago from 1945-1948; was Superior and Principal of Notre Dame High School in Biloxi, Miss. from 1948-1954 and became Assistant Headmaster at Notre Dame International School in Rome, the Congregation’s boarding school for children of parents working abroad. In 1957, Brother Rex was made Superior/Headmaster of St. John’s School, Sekondi. He remained there until 1963 when he returned to the United States for health reasons. He was Gilmour Headmaster from 1964-1968 before becoming Assistant Provincial in 1968. Brother Rex returned to his beloved Ghana in 1975 when he began assisting Archbishop Kodwo Amissah of Cape Coast as Chancellor of the Diocese and also supervising a health program until 1983. He returned to the United States in 1983 and for two years was the Associate Director of the Holy Cross Mission Center that supports the Congregation’s international mission work. Brother Rex continued to have a positive impact on the Brothers’ community life until his death in 2008 at the age of 89 in Notre Dame, Ind. His fidelity to both private and community prayer and his association with his fellow religious served as an example to all throughout his 70 years of loyal and faithful service to the Congregation of Holy Cross. 17
Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012