Past Shrine Teachers to Be Inducted at Annual Bishop Gallagher Society Award Dinner

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(ROYAL OAK) October 20, 2015: Fr. Robert Fisher, Rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica and President of Shrine Catholic Schools, is pleased to announce and offer his congratulations on the induction of two retired Shrine Catholic Schools teachers — Mrs. Gail D. Bilkie and Mr. Lou Miramonti — into the Order of St. Bede of the Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society. They are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to Catholic education and the preservation of its heritage.

Mrs. Bilkie taught first grade at Shrine Catholic Grade School from 1968 to 2011. She attended St. Ambrose and St. Matthew Grade Schools, and both Dominican and St. Ambrose High Schools. She’s also an MSU Graduate and pursued graduate work at University of Detroit, Wayne State University as well as San Jose State. She continues to teach and mentor through her current volunteer efforts.

Mr. Miramonti served for over four decades as a teacher, coach, and athletic director mostly at Royal Oak Shrine High School, where the football field bears his name. Lou is an accomplished and much loved cross country and track coach. He is the only person to be named the Catholic League’s Athletic Director of the Year three times in his career and was recognized with its highest honor, the Ed Lauer Person of the Year in 1988. Lou retired from active service as Shrine High School’s Athletic Director in 2002 and continues as one of the state’s finest track and cross country starts and meet referees.

Started in 2011, the Bishop Gallagher Society’s mission is to preserve the rich history, traditions, heritage and values of the Catholic Schools of the Detroit area, past and present. The Society continues to seek out and rediscover the history of schools closed long ago. As the Society moves forward, one of its goals is to support current Catholic education efforts, so as to ensure that the values of a Catholic education are passed on to future generations.
The Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society Award Dinner takes place on Thursday, October 29th. The evening will begin with Mass at The National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the ceremony in the Shrine Catholic Grade School gym, located across the street from the basilica. All are invited to attend, including alumni and colleagues of these wonderful teachers.

For information on attending the Award Dinner, please visit or contact Mike Butler at:

About Shrine Catholic Schools and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica
Shrine Catholic Schools are parish schools of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Founded in 1934, the schools provide a co-educational Christ-centered learning environment for Pre-K through 12th grade, with a focus on excellence in college preparatory education and extracurricular activities at Shrine High School. The National Shrine of the Little Flower, named a minor Basilica in 2015 by Pope Francis, was founded in 1926 and serves a parish of approximately 4,200 families in and throughout the Metro-Detroit area. For more information visit

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