Alum Returns to Teach

Another Cristo Rey Jesuit alum has returned “home” to mentor other Cristo Rey Jesuit students. Nico Vivanco, Class of 2016, has joined Cristo Rey Jesuit’s faculty as a Current Events teacher and Campus Ministry Associate, where he coordinates liturgical events, retreats, and all other aspects of student spiritual formation. 

After graduating from Cristo Rey Jesuit in 2016, Nico attended Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in Political Science with a minor in International Studies, graduating in May 2020. He spent a summer interning at Gonzalez Olivieri LLC, an immigration firm in Houston; although he continued to feel a call to religious life, something he had been thinking about from a very young age. After spending a summer working with the Jesuits and spending two years teaching CCE at the university parish at Texas Tech, Nico entered the Jesuit novitiate in August 2020 and began formation to become a Jesuit priest. However, after returning to Houston for a visit, he felt that God was calling him to something else, which led to the decision to leave the novitiate. Nico characterizes this not as a call to leave, but as a call toward something even better.

The influence that Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Founding President Fr. T.J. Martinez, SJ, had on Nico is profound; as Nico credits Fr. Martinez with inspiring him to live for something more. As the school flourishes, Nico is excited to see where the school goes based on the foundation Fr. Martinez left, and he feels lucky to be back at Cristo Rey Jesuit.