The Catholic Sunday Scriptures shed light on the mission experience at Cristo Rey, which contributes to Christian leadership. This Saturday, Aug. 15th from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM the Advisory Board of the school holds the annual "Bar B Que @ the Zoo. Proceeds will jump start our 9th year of educating future college graduates. The combination of a college preparatory curriculum, and in-built workforce development, provide skills which enable the students to navigate their way through college.
So why invest in the school and these students? Over the next few blogs I want to answer that question. We are producing, consistently over 8 years, high school grads who are going to college, and persevering. Interestingly enough, the very same qualitative characteristics which abide in our faculty, grow within our students. I will explain with the light of this weekend's readings at Mass.
First, it is all about relying upon that which is already within us, to help. We read in Proverbs 9, "Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight." Living and walking in the way of insight means possessing emotional intelligence, (pay attention to my "insides" for there is wisdom in emotions, to get us through anything), and spiritual intelligence, (rely on an energy, a balance, whose "soul force" kicks in when the going is the toughest and we want to quit our goals and dreams.)
Second, seeing in our daily experiences that Jesus Christ is actually our constant companion, he is present in our day, our time, everything that we are and do. In Ephesians 5 it reads "making most of the time…and understanding what the will of the Lord is.
And, third, at the school we are all "exposed" to the Real Presence of the Resurrected Son of God, the Eucharist. We eat His Body and drink His Blood. So what of the majority of our student body which belongs to other faith traditions (Christian, Islamic, nothing at all)? I deliberately used the term "exposed," but in a "sacred way." That is, the exposure is within, and we cannot limit where, when, how, and what Spirit of God the Father wants to do with the gift of His Son. Recall a few Sundays ago when Jesus taught, "My father gives you the true bread from heaven." Jn. 6:30
No one in this building can fully explain the profound transformations that have occurred here with our young people and the responsibilities which they take on!
Case in point, this morning, Friday, our 9th graders (age 14) went out to work for the first time.They were told that yesterday a sophomore went to Energen Company for the first time, in a first time ever position at the public utility. His first assignment was to create "a comparative study between avg. energy costs in various Provinces of China, and the United States! That story got my attention, and, that of our 9th graders. (By the way we have 30 students yet to employ) Fr. Alex Steinmiller, C.P., President
Fr. Steinmiller is the president of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. He has been president of HFCR since the school opened it's doors in 2007 as a Cristo Rey school.