A View from the President's Office       

John O'Connor

Dear Friends,

In early October, I informed our Board of Trustees that I would not be returning to Cristo Rey Kansas City for the 2022-2023 school year. After much personal reflection and prayer, I have made the decision that my tenure as President will end June 30, 2022. This was not an easy decision to make. Each and every day at Cristo Rey, it was an honor and privilege to serve this school community. 

Cristo Rey has built a Leadership Team focused on the mission and vision of Cristo Rey.  I have been blessed to be a part of this dedicated, resilient, and forceful team.  Every decision that we encounter, we make with the students’ best interests as the most critical element in our decision-making.

Among the blessings bestowed on me these past five years were the opportunities to work with and learn from outstanding professionals on the faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, the President’s Advisory Council, and the Cristo Rey National Network. Together, we built opportunities we know that our students deserve.

I am eternally grateful to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who entrusted me with the honor of carrying the lamp for the only Vincentian high school in the metropolitan area. With their guidance, I deepened my understanding of the spirituality of partnership – with our students, with our families and with the community.  This is a great gift that will live in my heart forever.

The Board of Trustees will appoint a Search Committee and develop a plan to find the next President for Cristo Rey. The Board is committed to keeping our entire Cristo Rey community informed on its progress.

If you have questions, please reach out to me. We can visit over the phone or sit down for a personal conversation.  Please continue to keep our students, faculty, and staff in your prayers for a healthy year.

Ever forward,
John O'Connor

 Board of Trustees