“How is Cristo Rey doing?” This is the most frequently asked question that I hear when I am out in the community. Thanks to our generous benefactors, civic-minded Corporate Work Study Partners, and committed volunteers, Cristo Rey is doing well, very, very well.
Our enrollment is robust, our academic programs continue to expand, and new college graduates who are our alumni are returning to Kansas City and cropping up as employees in prestigious companies. We have seven years of high school graduates and, each semester, we stop and celebrate our alumni who reach the milestone of college graduation.
Using these indicators, linking the classroom with the work place is a winning combination for our students. A school - whose mission is to provide college preparatory academics, differentiated by work study experience for students of limited economic backgrounds - builds those bridges.
With your help, we are able to forge critical connections – between our students and the community – and set them on a foundation of hope. In this work, we are guided by the wise words of St. Louise de Marillac, whose spirituality and outreach influenced Mother Xavier Ross, the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
"We are the planks on a bridge. We move between the
rich and the poor;
between those who have and those who have not."
Louise had never heard of Cristo Rey, however, her spirit certainly guided the Sisters in their decision to sponsor our school.
“How is Cristo Rey doing?” Together, we are building bridges to the future.
Kathleen M. Hanlon, PhD
PS Please take a moment to review the details of our Strategic Plan.