Cristo Rey High School Boston

Faith, Purpose, and Service

Faith, Purpose, and Service

Firmly grounded in the Roman Catholic faith, our school serves young people who come from a variety of religious traditions. Theology classes, guidance from our Campus Minister, a Catholic priest, and religious services provide students the opportunity to grow their faith.

Our facility is intentionally designed to teach students that the beauty of the world is a gift from God. The art adorning our hallways is inspired by the teachings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who wrote The Glory of the Lord, a seven volume work on theological aesthetics – the contemplation of the good, the beautiful, and the true.  He wrote, “Before the beautiful – no, not really before but within the beautiful – the whole person quivers. He not only ‘finds’ the beautiful moving; rather experiences himself as being moved and possessed by it.”

The full experience of Cristo Rey® Boston – work, spirituality, service opportunities, academic rigor, exposure to professionals at work, and the support of faculty and staff – teaches students to live a life with a purpose. The capacity to serve others is developed formally through service projects, but is first–and perhaps most formatively–acquired by students coming to know the faculty, staff, volunteer tutors, AmeriCorps members, coaches, and others who work tirelessly on their behalf. Our students attend a school where the staff works with passion and commitment to support them, and they learn to model this approach to life.

By senior year, Cristo Rey® Boston students have a sense of gratitude for their educational experience that is rare among adolescents. They understand, as St. Ignatius of Loyola taught, that “recognition and gratitude for the good things and gifts in life is greatly esteemed both in Heaven and on earth.” It is this gratitude, which is noted by staff and visitors alike, that allows our students to become young men and women of faith, purpose, and service.