Welcome from the President, Fr. Jon Chalmers
Fr. John Foley, S.J., the founder of the Cristo Rey movement, remarked “we should be embarrassed by our optimism.” However, our optimism that our students will change the world is precisely what enables that change to happen. As a people of faith, hope and love we see in our unique brand of education opportunities to extend the kingdom of God, to provide transformative education, to achieve academic success through college persistence, and to flourish in life. These opportunities give substance to our optimism and urge us onward.
Cristo Rey education combines a high quality college preparatory academic curriculum with the real world experience of the Corporate Work Study Program. However, it also combines the hard work of students and their families, our faculty and staff, corporate partners from across Birmingham, and benefactors from around our city, region, and nation. Through our mutual work and collaboration unprecedented successes are formed and young people grow up prepared to transform their lives and that of their communities.
Birmingham has hosted the Cristo Rey brand of education for more than ten years. There is no more important place in this country to demonstrate the transformative power of education than here in the post-industrial heart of the American South. We invite students and families to learn more about the opportunities we afford as well as partners and benefactors who seek to join in this improbable work of grace.
Fr. Jon Chalmers