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History & Tradition

Bishop McNamara High School is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose earliest educational establishment in the United States is the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

The Congregation of Holy Cross has established schools, as a continuation of the legacy of the Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, to cultivate minds and hearts and to serve the needs of the Church and the world. Educational institutions sponsored by the Eastern Province of Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross are entrusted with the stewardship of the vision of Blessed Father Moreau. These institutions employ their resources in partnership with students, parents, guardians and other members of the wider community.

Blessed Father Moreau wrote:

Society has a greater need for people of values than it has for scholars.
Positive values influence knowledge and put it in good use

Therefore, at Bishop McNamara, we focus on the harmonious development of the whole person, offering information and formation for the transformation of the world. Our faith influences everything that we do and helps us to prepare our students for a meaningful life. We are dedicated to helping our students to see God in all things and the face of Christ in all people, to transform themselves and society, to seek truth in all they do, and to be servant-leaders who seek to make the world a better place.

Holy Cross sponsored schools exist to promote the legacy and vision of Blessed Basil Moreau by developing leaders among the People of God for the good of Church and society.

Select any page below for more on History and Traditions at BMHS

Emmy Award Winning Video - Discover the Difference
The Four Pillars of Holy Cross
Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness. Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross


Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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