Cristo Rey Boston has a proud Catholic heritage, rooted in the strong parochial school system that formed some of Greater Boston’s most prominent leaders. For many years the religious communities of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, Kentucky, and the Marianist Brothers taught students at our original location in Cambridge. Our Catholic tradition is nourished today by the Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo, an order of educators that has sent four priests to teach and work at our school.
The integration of faith into all aspects of school life is substantially shaped by Cristo Rey Boston’s association with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), who started the first Cristo Rey school in Chicago in 1996 and formed the national Cristo Rey Network in 2003. Our school became a member of the Network in 2004. Graduates of Jesuit institutions work as teachers and administrators at our school, a Jesuit priest sits on our Board of Trustees, and the school enjoys strong partnerships with several Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country.
Our deepest values are taken from these traditions. Many of our students are Catholic, but all major faiths are represented in our community. All students and faculty participate in prayer, liturgical celebration, religion classes and retreats. We believe that the practice of faith inspires lifelong learning, builds the character, and leads us to the truth that sustains our daily lives.
Community service is an essential aspect of our faith and our educational approach. Through our Campus Ministry program, students participate in community service projects, and many undertake work study assignments in non-profit organizations. These experiences empower us to find God in study and work and to dedicate ourselves to serving others.
Father Jose Medina, fscb, is the Principal of Cristo Rey Boston High School. He is a member of the Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo.