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1940s - Gesu Catholic Church, downtown Miami
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1940's - Gesu Catholic Church, downtown Miami

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Theresa 11-Dec-2013 21:11
I went to Gesu Catholic School from 1st to 4th grade - from 1964 -1967. I also had Sister John Anthony in 2nd grade and she wasn't very nice. I had Sister Mary Ruth for first grade, Mrs. Casey for third grade, who I loved and Sister Celeste for fourth grade. I remember Father Sweeney and playing outside on the concrete between the school and the convent where the nuns lived.
Don Boyd15-Nov-2013 02:47
I want to thank everyone for posting their memories, good and bad, of the school at Gesu. It gives visitors to this site a valuable insight about the school from the students' perspective. Keep the comments coming please.

Don
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Alicia 12-Nov-2013 15:29
I went to GESU school from 1966-1973 all through 8th grade. They were the best years in school of my life. I loved the nuns and the priests. The teachers were great especially Mrs. Cano and sister Olga. I loved Father Sweeney's sermons and the school festivals we used to have. I used to go to mass with my mom, father, and brother on Sundays, and I used to sing in the choir with fellow students. I loved teh school and the church. They were great memories.
Guest 13-Oct-2013 02:34
I attended Gesu school from 1st grade until 5th grade (1964-1969)...I also had a horrible nun in second grade namesd Sister John Anthony. Nasty. Mean. On the other hand, I had a lovely teacher, Mrs Casey in third grade. All in all, this school just housed children in over crowed classrooms. Not very good memories at all.
alissa 30-Jun-2012 13:08
Hello to "Guest" who posted about bad experiences at the school. I posted a few posts before yours how I hated Citrus Grove and it was full of bullies, not just the kids but a few teachers, especially Neil Schneider, the phys ed teacher who was a sadistic S.O.B. If any teacher behaved the way he did now, he would be arrested! He was horrible and abusive. I'm sorry what happened to you, things that happened to me to still bother me 30 yrs later. I wish we could talk or email one day. Alissa
Guest 20-Jun-2012 21:23
I attended Gesu School from 1975 to 1978, from beginning of Kindergarten to finishing Second Grade. Yes the church was beautiful, but that was the only beautiful thing related in any way to this school. Sister M. Trinita Mccarthy was nothing but a bullying monster who turned my early years of life into a life destruction memory that I continue to have nightmares about more than 30 years later. There was physical, mental, and even sexual abuse going on left and right at this school. To date the happiest times of my life have been 2: the day my mother told me I was changing schools, and the day I learned Gesu School would be demolished. if it would not have been for Father Vallina (who is not even mentioned in the schools bio!) I probably would be an atheist today instead of a Catholic. I think the city's decision to demolish Gesu School and just keep the church is the best decision it has ever made and if I ever learn who was the politician who approved this decision, i would vote for him for President. ZT
Guest 20-Jun-2012 21:23
I attended Gesu School from 1975 to 1978, from beginning of Kindergarten to finishing Second Grade. Yes the church was beautiful, but that was the only beautiful thing related in any way to this school. Sister M. Trinita Mccarthy was nothing but a bullying monster who turned my early years of life into a life destruction memory that I continue to have nightmares about more than 30 years later. There was physical, mental, and even sexual abuse going on left and right at this school. To date the happiest times of my life have been 2: the day my mother told me I was changing schools, and the day I learned Gesu School would be demolished. if it would not have been for Father Vallina (who is not even mentioned in the schools bio!) I probably would be an atheist today instead of a Catholic. I think the city's decision to demolish Gesu School and just keep the church is the best decision it has ever made and if I ever learn who was the politician who approved this decision, i would vote for him for President. ZT
Sharon Elliott Dillon 15-Jun-2011 01:00
+I went to Gesu School in the 1950's. The church was changed in the 1960's, The alter was moved forward. I too went to Royal Castle for a frosted mug. I still stop by when I am in the area. It is a very comforting place.
alissa 23-Apr-2011 14:34
Gesu is the most beautiful church in Miami. As a child in the 1950's my mother would take me there. She worked downtown in the old "Southern Bell" building and would go on her lunch hour. My first time there I was 5. Different times during my life I would go there and now that I am 58 and working downtown again, I go there during MY lunch hour. What I love about this church is that it hasn't changed, its the only place left where time has 'stood still'. I get a calm feeling when I'm in there, that 'old Miami' atmosphere before all the problems and over-building happened still exists inside there. I didn't attend the school but I do remember seeing the kids there in their uniforms. I used to wish I could attend instead of my regular public school (Citrus Grove) which I hated as it was full of bullies. Anyway, not to digress, I hope this church lasts another 100 years.
Mary Anne C 12-Mar-2011 05:10
Mom and I used to ride the Coast Cities Coaches bus to downtown or Little River from East Hialeah in the 50s. I remember she took me to Gesu's bookstore to purchase my first Bible.
marian sperber 03-May-2010 08:51
We moved to Miami in 1946...We lived in the Rice Hotel, 30 N. Miami Ave. & walked to church..We would stop at Royal Castle after church best $.05 Birch Beers in a frosted glass mug....& 3" square hamburgers & FF....Gesu was also a School...I used to go & see Father Water's he was my friend so I could play Basketball any time I wanted to...Gesu was the most beautiful church in Miami.....Sometimes we would skip church & go see Uncle Gordan who read the Sunday funnies on the radio....That's how Mom knew when we skipped church....lol
glen wilbur 04-Mar-2010 13:26
My father sometimes took me here during the middle 60`s. I remember how grand it was. after mass we would walk to a sub shop, can`t remember the name!
Mari Cortes 27-Oct-2009 16:59
Thank you for this great Photo, I attended Gesu Catholic School from Pre school to 8th Grade, the school was behide the church and attended mass services 4 times a week with the Nuns and the Priest was Father Sweeney. This is the most beautiful Church in Miami.