Breaking News from the Cristo Rey Network,
On Wednesday, January 25th, Cristo Rey Network Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer Rev. John P. Foley, S.J. will be one of the nine leaders in Catholic education from across the country who will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change for their service to their communities and our nation. These extraordinary individuals have made a significant impact on the students, families, and educators through Catholic schools and universities throughout America. Their innovative ideas and dedication to students and to the wider community, demonstrate the strong commitment to ensuring that every child has an opportunity for greatness.
"We are thrilled to recognize these extraordinary Champions in Catholic Education at the White House. Each of these nine leaders embody the values of education, innovation and service through their stellar contributions to Catholic schools and the wider communities they serve," said Alexia Kelley, Senior Policy Advisor White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "These Champions, like their colleagues in Catholic education across the country, inspire all of us to build up our communities and our nation's young people."
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET tomorrow.
Cristo Rey Jesuit unveiled its new mascot today! Chosen by a vote of the students, Ledo the Lion embodies the Cristo Rey Jesuit spirit of courage, heart, love, and honor. Student body president, Ngiha Tran, and Cristo Rey Jesuit's founding president, Reverend TJ Martinez, SJ, announced the results to students at the end of the day. Featured below is the Cristo Rey Jesuit mascot. We are the Lions, Hear us Roar!
On October 18th, students participated in a Silent Day, a day of silent witness to the generation lost by abortion (an estimated 48 million since Roe v. Wade). This day of prayer was student-driven, and those participating made a statement by placing a large piece of red tape over their mouths.
Junior Elizabeth Martinez said she helped coordinate the event in order to bring awareness to the cause.
“We accept the point of view of others, but we want to educate those students who do not know much about the subject,” said Martinez.
She said she has planned other pro-life events at her parish and at the Catholic Charismatic Center.
Dean of Campus Ministry Casey Johnson also took an oath of silence. In order to teach his Theology class, he pre-recorded his lesson on the SMART Board recorder and played it back to his students. Students were thrilled by both his support for the cause and his innovativeness in teaching.
“The teachers saw our point of view and how we wanted to make the cause heard,” said Martinez. “They saw where we were coming from. “
To Deloitte, being a Cristo Rey Jesuit Corporate Sponsor means more than just hiring a team of students in an entry-level position. The accounting firm went above and beyond by sending six of their executives to the school on Friday, September 23rd to teach PC Software skills.
Cristo Rey Jesuit was chosen as a community service site for Deloitte’s Day of Service, which is observed by all of their 100 offices in 89 U.S. cities. The visitors graciously volunteered their time to provide further enrichment to the juniors through Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint instruction as well as hands-on case studies.
“We were inspired by the motivation, positive energy, and discipline that were demonstrated by the Cristo Rey [Jesuit ]students when completing the Candy Profitability Excel case,” said Deloitte employee Pattie Chang. “These are the attributes that will drive their future success.”
The day proved to be educational and motivating for both the Cristo Rey Jesuit students and the Deloitte employees.
“I learned that Deloitte and Cristo Rey [Jesuit] hold many things in common,” said Chang. “We both value a high standard of achievement, professional demeanor, respect for one another, dreaming big and hard work. Moreover, it is clear that investing in people is what drives the success of both of these great organizations.”
This was not Deloitte’s first grand gesture of generosity towards the school outside of their work-study sponsorship. The company also sponsored Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Basketball team’s participation at the 2011 NCAA Final Four Basketball Camp conducted by NCAA coaches in the spring of last year.
Cristo Rey Jesuit Junior Morgan Jackson may have a future career in radio! For the past several weeks, she has helped to produce CHILDREN AT RISK’s weekly radio show, Growing Up in America on KPFT 90.1FM as part of her Corporate Work-Study job.
Morgan’s major tasks are researching new topics for the show, answering phones and getting guest callers cued up on the line. She also helps with traffic and weather updates.
“Morgan is a blast to work with—spunky and always ready to jump in and help,” said Laura Nelson, Director of Strategic Partnerships at CHILDREN AT RISK. “Dr. Bob and Mandi, the show’s hosts, always ask Morgan to chime in with her opinion during our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down segment, a social conscience scale with hot topics, like should kids have TV’s in their rooms or should schools have vending machines?”
One of Morgan’s recent tasks was getting Fr. TJ Martinez as a guest of the show on October 17th.
“It was cool hearing Fr. Martinez on the radio,” said Morgan. “He sounded hyper and excited.”
Morgan says her favorite part about working for CHILDREN AT RISK is the atmosphere because it is “so fun and energetic!”
“We have a really good time bringing our audience important updates on what is happening with the children in America,” said Nelson. “Morgan has been on shows with doctors, public officials, policy experts, and many more!”