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 Mr. Eugene Pivato 
Ms. Christine Cosentino 
Vice Principal (A-G)
Mr. Christian Scenna
Vice Principal (H-N) 
Mr. Dan Bruni
Vice Principal (O-Z) 
 Guidance Department  
 Ms. Sharon Smyth
Department Head (D-K) 
Ms. Dilene Gallucci
Counsellor (A-C & X-Z)  
 Mr. Natale Gencarelli
Counsellor (L-P)

Ms. Patrizia Greco
Counsellor (X-Z +)
Ms. Juliette Wey 
Counsellor (Q-W)


6160 Sixteenth Avenue East, Markham, Ontario L3P 3K8

Telephone:  (905) 294-7671    Fax:  (905) 294-7132 




The Mission of St. Brother André Catholic High School, as a diverse Catholic family, is to educate each student in a Christ-centered environment to reach full potential in a rapidly changing world through Gospel-inspired learning experience, in partnership with home, church and community.



The expectations of Catholic graduates are described not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but in terms of values, attitudes, and actions.  A document from the Institute of Catholic Education, states that this concise and inspiring vision of the Catholic school graduate, as someone who is expected to be:


  • A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.
  • An effective communicator, who speaks, writes and listens, honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values.
  • A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
  • A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.
  • A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity, and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good. 
  • A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community.
  • A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School, Markham

San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School, Markham

St. Edward Catholic Elementary School, Markham (French Immersion)

St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Markham

St. Julia Billiart Catholic Elementary School, Markham

St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School, Stouffville

St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School, Stouffville

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School, Stouffville (south of Vandorf only)

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, Markham

St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School (PACE students only)


Our newly canonized Saint Brother André was born Alfred Bessette, the 8th of 12 children, to a poor farming family in a small town near Montreal.  His early childhood was marred by poverty, tragedy, and illness, losing his father to a logging accident and his mother to tuberculosis.  At the age of twelve years old, orphaned and nearly illiterate, Alfred had to make his way in the world alone, working as an unskilled laborer, traveling from job to job, for many years.


At the age of 25, he entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a lay brother and received the religious name of Brother André, by which he was known for the rest of his life.  He spent the next 40 years of his life at Notre Dame College performing such menial tasks as answering the door, washing floors and windows, bringing firewood, and delivering messages.  He carried out his daily work with enthusiasm and joy, and with faith that God had a purpose for which he was brought there.


Brother André had a special ministry to the sick, and his great devotion to Saint Joseph inspired him to pray over and anoint with oil many sick and afflicted people.  Throughout his life, he was known popularly as “the miracle man of Montreal” and was legendary for his ministry to the sick and needy.  Through his prayers and coins saved from giving haircuts to the college students, Brother André was responsible for the building of the first small chapel on Mount Royal.  As pilgrims came by the thousands, the larger basilica, known as Saint Joseph’s Oratory, was built on the side of the mountain.  Displayed on the walls are the crutches, braces, and wheelchairs that the cured have left behind.  To this day, he is memorialized by millions of pilgrims who travel each year to the shrine to receive physical and spiritual healing. 


When Brother André died in January of 1937, an estimated one million people climbed the slopes of Mount Royal through rain, sleet, and snow during the seven days set aside to pay their final respects to this humble brother.  His simple tomb bears the Latin inscription PAUPER, SERVUS A HUMILIS – a man of poverty, service, and humility. 


Brother André was formally canonized (declared Saint) on October 17th, 2010, by Pope Benedict XVI during a mass at the Vatican in Rome, to become Saint André Bessette.  We are honoured to have him as patron of our school, and our chapel is dedicated to Saint Joseph of Mount Royal.