Last Friday, Cristo Rey Jesuit paid it forward! At the 3rd Annual "Building the Kingdom" Day, a day of community service, the entire Cristo Rey Jesuit student body, faculty and staff donned blue jeans and special t-shirts and spread across the city to lend helping hands to many non-profit projects in need.
"It was a spectacular show of not only service but solidarity with each other and with our city as we gave back by donating hundreds of hours of work to our fellow Houstonians in need," said Fr. TJ Martinez, SJ, President of Cristo Rey Jesuit. "Special thanks goes to Mrs. Bee Dickson, Director of Development and her assistant, Ms. Nora Kean, for spearheading this incredibly impactful and moving day and taking it to the next level".
Some highlights of the day:
Great job! This has inspired many of our students inquire about continuing to volunteer at some of these agencies.
All new Cristo Rey Jesuit students attend an intense 4-week training program before school begins to ensure that when they arrive at their jobs, they are ready to work. Each summer, Mr. Dan Walsh, Director of the Corporate Work-Study Program, and his dynamic team pull together a curriculum that teaches the students everything from tying a tie to doing excel spreadsheets. More than 29 business executives volunteered their time to teach most of these very important classes on interpersonal effectiveness and computer training. Many thanks to them for sharing their valuable time and expertise with our students, who are - Houston's Future at Work!
The evening of Thursday, August 18th marked a momentous occasion in the history of Cristo Rey Jesuit. The members of the Class of 2013 were initiated as seniors, receiving their senior blazers and the Cross of Constantine. The crosses will be worn as a symbol of their bond to each other and to the school. The Cross of Constantine Commissioning was celebrated with a Mass and reception for all seniors and their families. Congratulations Class of 2013!
Cristo Rey Jesuit and Fretz Construction won the first award for school renovation by the Association of General Contractors for last year's project. Founding President, Rev. T.J. Martinez, S.J. accepted the award along with Director of Finance and Facilities Lori Hessel, and Bob Fretz and Jay Lee of Fretz Construction at the 34th Annual Outstanding Construction Awards in San Antonio.
Cristo Rey Jesuit was honored to host its second "lunch and learn" session with more than 75 business executives who have recently joined the group of 2012-2013 corporate sponsors. The Corporate Work-Study team, and student supervisors from veteran Work-Study sponsors provided orientation, tips on working with students, and shared best practices regarding the program.
Afterwards,an EnerVest Human Resource Executive remarked "It was such a wonderful presentation and we all walked away with goose bumps, a few tears in our eyes and a whole lot of excitement for this upcoming year!"
Big thanks for to Latham and Watkins LLP for hosting the July 24th downtown session and Colvill Office Properties hosting the Galleria session on July 10th.
There is excitement in the air as the newly-formed Cristo Rey Jesuit Flag Football Team has begun preparations for their inaugural season. This July, roughly half of the future team took part in optional summer training camp, working on everything from basic skills to offensive plays and formations. The camp was a great success, with many future players getting a great jump start on preparations for the upcoming season. Make sure to mark your calendars and come out and support the team in their home opener on Friday, September 14th at 5:30 PM.