St. Basil School Vision
Our students will thrive in a Christ-centered community that embraces their program of choice and prepares them for 21st century and beyond.
St. Basil Mission Statement
The mission of St. Basil School is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another.
Basil (329-379) was born into nobility as the son of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia in Asia Minor in 329. Even at a young age, he broke the mold that had been set for him, organizing hospitals and famine relief, even going so far as to work in the kitchens himself.
First educated by his father and grandmother, St. Macrina the Elder, he would later study with such esteemed colleagues as Gregory Nazianzen and the future Emperor Julian the Apostate. He taught rhetoric and law before pursuing a life of Gospel poverty.
He was baptized, then traveled to monasteries in Palestine, Syria, and Egypt before he set up the first monastery in the East. He was ordained to the priesthood at the age of thirty-four. He would eventually play an instrumental role in rejecting Arianism (which denied Christ’s divinity) with Saint Gregory Nazianzen.
Despite fierce opposition because of his reformist views, Basil was elected archbishop and the leader of fifty bishops. Basil stood firm against the Arian Emperor Valens’s persecution of orthodoxy, eventually winning a battle of wills, forcing the Emperor to back down.
St. Basil is today honored as a Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of reformers and caregivers. We strive to emulate these qualities in our school community.
Our Program Patrons
Sw. Jan Pawel II
Sw. Jan Paweł II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice near the city of Krakow. By 1941 his parents, eldest brother and one sister had died. After graduating from Marcin Wadowita high school he enrolled in Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. World War II interrupted his education, but in 1942 he enrolled in the clandestine seminary of Krakow. After the war ended he continued his studies in the major seminary of Krakow. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 1946.
After his ordination he continued his studies in Rome and in 1948 returned to Poland as vicar of various parishes and chaplain to university students. In 1951 he again took up his studies in philosophy and theology later becoming a professor of moral theology and social ethics.
On July 4, 1958 he was appointed titular bishop of Ombi and auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII. On January 13, 1964 he was appointed archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI who later made him a cardinal on June 26, 1967.
On October 16, 1978 he was elected Pope by the College of Cardinals, becoming the 263rd successor to the Apostle Peter. As Pope he guided the Church into the third millennium. He inaugurated world youth days, was a prolific teacher through 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions and 45 Apostolic Letters as well as promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church and reforming Canon Law.
He won the hearts of people everywhere with his passion for social justice, his advocacy for the poor and his devotion to our Lady.
On the evening of April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II passed away at the age of 84. The Holy Father leaves behind an incredible legacy. Serving as Pope for 26 years, Jan Pawel II lived an example for all of us to follow. It began in 1978 with a simple call to action; "Be not afraid" and lives on with the challenge to “become credible witnesses to the Father’s love.”
The Honorable Jean Forest
Jean Forest is a former Manitoban who, with her husband Rocky, moved to Alberta in 1947. For the next 50 years, they lived in Edmonton where they both took an active part in the life of the community.
Jean became a partner in the family business which Rocky founded in the mid-fifties and later exchanged her interest in the company for a business of her own. She served for 13 years as President and Managing Director of Jas-Day Investments Ltd., a company which owns Mountain Park Lodges, operating hotels in Jasper National Park. She also was appointed a director of Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. and C.N. Rail, crown corporations which were both privatized during her term on the board.
As a former teacher and the mother of a large family, Jean's interest in education led her to seek election to the Edmonton Catholic School Board, on which she served for nine years as a Trustee (1968 - 1977), three of those years as Chairperson. During that time, she also served as President of the Alberta Catholic School Trustee's Association.
In 1972, Jean was elected to the Senate of the University of Alberta and shortly thereafter was elected Senate representative on the Board of Governors. After six years in these positions, she was elected Chancellor of the University and served the four-year term from 1978 - 1982.
Jean was appointed to Alberta's first Human Rights Commission in 1974 and to the Minister's Advisory Committee on the constitution in 1978.
Jean has been actively involved in the life of her church at the local, regional and national levels. She has been the western representative on a number of committees set up by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. She also served on the National Pastoral Planning Committee for the Papal visit to Canada. She is a former President of the Edmonton Archdiocesan Council for Women and a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of Newman Theological College.
In 1996, Jean was summoned to the Senate of Canada and served until her resignation in 1998 because of concerns for her husband's health.
Rocky and Jean retired to Victoria, where Jean volunteered as a tutor for immigrant children and served as a member of the Board of Island Catholic Schools. Rocky passed away in December 2015, but at 91 Jean still lives an active life of service.