Cristo Rey Jesuit High School



Christian Service Program

Cristo Rey’s Christian Service Program is a response to the compassionate example of Jesus Christ and the call of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits to offer an education that extends to mind, heart, body, and soul. It is responsible for organizing activities that provide students with the opportunities to live out their vocation as “men and women for others” while discerning God’s presence in daily life, deepening their love for the human family, and navigating complex social situations with both charity and justice. We hope to instill in students a sense of responsibility for, and solidarity with, one’s neighbors--especially the poor, the marginalized, and the suffering.

Through the Christian Service Program, we seek to be a resource to the community by sharing our greatest of resources—our students. Service is not about accumulation of hours, but accumulation of the skills and experiences that will equip our graduates to become servant leaders who transform their own communities. Through opportunities for education, direct action, reflection, and advocacy, students will make progress toward the goals established by the Grad at Grad statement and grow in commitment to a faith that does justice.

All students are required to complete a service project each school year. Freshmen volunteer at local afterschool programs regularly during 8 week sessions. Sophomores complete an individual social justice project in English class, while Juniors complete a project involving the Works of Mercy in Religion class. Seniors are responsible for completing a minimum of 20 hours at the non-profit organizations of their choice in order to graduate.​  

Cristo Rey’s favorite service activities include:

  • Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon (200+ students per year).
  • Serving dinner at Franciscan Outreach Soup Kitchen and St. Pius Church.
  • Working alongside the residents of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy.
  • Assisting Little Village Community Council with key events like the Expungement Workshop, Halloween Party, voter registration & information campaigns, and clothing distribution.
  • Serving as catechist assistants in home parishes.
  • Joining with students from other Jesuit high schools in Chicago to pray, serve, and reflect during our annual Jesuit Service Day.
  • Traveling to Nazareth Farm, Bethlehem Farm, and Jerusalem Farm for a week of service, simplicity, and prayer during the summer.