As a Catholic, Jesuit school community, Cristo Rey’s spiritual and faith focus is led by our Campus Ministry team
We foster our identity as a Jesuit school by promoting the following Jesuit values:
• Cura Personalis
• Service to Others
• Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG)
• Finding God in all Things
• Contemplatives in Action
• Living the Magis
This can all be summed up with the invitation St. Ignatius offered his fellow Jesuits and offers to us today - Ite, inflammate omnia! - Go forth, and set the world on fire!
Our school community welcomes students from all faith backgrounds, and we respect the diverse religious traditions of our students and community. The Campus Ministry team offers programming and support to help all of our students grow as individuals and collectively on their spiritual journeys. We believe in a faith that does justice, and we strive to accomplish our goals by providing opportunities for growth through daily prayer, retreats, services experiences, and pastoral care. We also offer a variety of leadership opportunities for students through our Ignite Team, Kairos Retreat Leaders, Worship Team, and Puma Service Squad.
The Office of Campus Ministry plans and facilitates our monthly community worship services. The beauty of our diverse community gives us the opportunity to celebrate both Roman Catholic Masses and a variety of interfaith and ecumenical prayer services. We strive to hear all voices and ensure all feel welcome to join us at our prayer and worship. Our worship services are planned by Campus Ministry and a group of student leaders on the Worship Team. Students are given the opportunity to lead as lectors, greeters, altar servers, singers, gift bearers, banner carriers, etc.
Our school community pauses daily for a 5-minute Examen. The Daily Examen is a prayer form developed by St. Ignatius and involves a prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to see God’s presence in our lives. Click here for more information on the Daily Examen. These prayers are coordinated by the Campus Ministry team, written and led by students and adults in the community, and are broadcast over the Public Address System every afternoon.
Cristo Rey has a small, intimate chapel where prayer is encouraged.
Campus Ministry organizes and supports service opportunities for students across all grade levels. We promote the practice of all Jesuit Values through service, but most especially the following two values:
Students are required to complete 40 total hours of service across their 9th and 10th grade year as well as one 20 hour service project across their 11th and 12th grade year, totaling 60 hours of service by the time of their graduation. Graduation is contingent on fulfilling all academic, CWSP, retreat, and service requirements. Service hours and projects may be completed inside or outside of school.
The service requirement for each school year is:
- 9th Grade – 20 hours
- 10th Grade – 20 hours
- 11th Grade OR 12th Grade- a long-term or large-scale project within or outside the school, chosen by the student with guidance from the Campus Ministry Office
There are two retreats for 9th grade students annually. The first is a “mini retreat” held during their initial 9th Grade Welcome Week on campus. The second occurs in the fall of each academic year.
The 9th Grade Mini-Retreat is a brief introduction to retreats and creates time and space for students to decompress from the busyness of their first week of school by 1) having some fun via ice breakers and meet-and-greet activities, 2) getting to know a few of their classmates on a deeper level, and 3) spending some time in reflection.
The annual 9th Grade Retreat focuses on our Jesuit Values of Finding God in All Things and Cura Personalis. We have been partnering with the Association Retreat Center (aka The ARC) in Osceola, Wisconsin for a number of years for this retreat. Led by our Senior Ignite Leaders, this retreat typically occurs toward the end of the first month of school and is time for 9th Graders to take a break from the busyness of the start to their high school years, connect with each other, get to know some Senior leaders and think ahead about their futures, and reflect on their first month of school. This retreat extends beyond the school day as students eat lunch and dinner at the retreat center before returning to campus.
Led by our Ignite Team and other community partners, students in 10th grade have a day-long retreat that focuses on the Jesuit values of Cura Personalis and MAGIS. Students spend the day at the University of St. Thomas and take some time to learn about, reflect upon, and practice care for their MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT. Cura personalis is about caring for the whole person, so students engage in some activities and practices for their own wellness, and they also spend time reflecting on what it means to care for the whole person of others.
Students in 11th grade participate in a day-long retreat that promotes the Jesuit values of Service to Others and gives them a chance to practice being Contemplatives in Action. They spend time learning about a social justice issue(s) as a class and are then sent forth to engage in service experiences throughout the Twin Cities. Upon returning from their service experiences, they engage in reflection and contemplation and begin to discern possible areas of concern and social justice issues they want to address in their Junior/Senior service project. The Ignite team leads this retreat along with various community partners for the service experiences.
All Seniors participate in a three-day, two night retreat offered at multiple times during their Senior year. This retreat, known as Kairos, is led by student leaders who go through an intensive formation process to become Kairos Leaders. Kairos gives Seniors a chance to reflect on their high school experiences and to spend time connecting with God, others, and themselves as they prepare for their next major transition after graduation. They prepare to “Live the 4th” and are reminded of St. Ignatius’ call to “go forth and set the world on fire."
In addition, in May of Senior Year, the Ignite Team leads their peers in a Senior Examen Retreat which involves looking back on their 4 years at Cristo Rey and again prepares them to be sent forth after graduation.
In addition to all of the programming and events that Campus Ministry hosts and facilitates, each member of the Campus Ministry team has a primary role to be ministers of presence - being readily available for students, staff, and the community as welcoming, listening ears.
Students can regularly be found visiting the Campus Ministry space to connect with our team and share the ups and downs of their lives. Our team takes pride in working together to provide this safe and welcoming space for all. It is important to note that while our Campus Ministry team is a dynamic and dedicated team, they are not counselors or social workers. However, they work closely with our social workers to ensure that student safety and well-being are always priority number one.
Our Campus Ministry Ignite Team is made up of Seniors who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and potential throughout their time at Cristo Rey.Ignite leaders apply and interview for the role during their Junior year and the Campus Ministry staff, current Ignite Team, and the 11th Grade Faculty participate in the selection process. Students chosen to be on the leadership team lead the grade level retreats throughout their Senior year and occasionally lead school assemblies, participate in events, and represent Cristo Rey in the community as needed. Ignite leaders attend weekly formation and planning meetings along with leadership retreats throughout their Senior year. These student leaders must remain academically eligible throughout the year to participate in their leadership opportunities.
Guided by faith | Prepared for life | Always serving others
There are three Kairos retreats annually at Cristo Rey, two for the Senior class and one for Juniors each spring.
Each of these retreats is led by a separate group of Senior Leaders who go through a 6-week intensive leadership formation process.
These leaders apply for the role after attending their own Kairos retreat and work together to ensure the next cohort has a positive and meaningful experience on their Kairos retreat.