Welcome to the Senior Students Formation and Ministry home page. For additional information on the Senior Program, please contact our Senior Class Chaplain - Mr. Michael McKeon at michael.mckeon@ignatius.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

Senior Class Liturgies

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian life" (Lumen gentium 11). With this foundation in mind, the Class of 2017 begins the school year with the Senior Mass of Celebration and Reception on Monday, August 15, 2016 in Holy Family at 3:30 p.m.  All are welcome!  The soon-to-be-graduates celebrate Eucharist together in Holy Family for the last time at their Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church. Baccalaureate tickets for family members are distributed in the spring through senior Religious Studies classes. 

Senior Retreat Options

Seniors and invited juniors are encouraged to make one of five Kairos retreats throughout the school year. Held at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Kairos at Saint Ignatius College Prep is a religious retreat program grounded in Christian incarnational theology and Ignatian spirituality. It is an experience of Christian community with a series of presentations given by students and adults. Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part of the program as well as the retreatant’s involvement in discussions and other exercises.

Students were invited to register for Kairos following an all-class presentation and our Junior Parent Nights in January 2016. Follow up information is given to seniors in their Religious Studies classes during the first weeks of the 2016-2017 school year. The registration forms for seniors can also be found on Edline.

Seniors who choose not to participate in this voluntary retreat are encouraged to see the Senior Chaplain for alternatives to nourish their maturing spirituality. One such alternative is the "Oramus, We Pray" retreat. Students pray with and among the monks of the New Melleray Abbey and the Benedictine community of Holy Wisdom Monastery on this journey. Information regarding Oramus was shared at both occasions noted above.

The Class of 2017 has already responded heartily to the invitation to explore these spiritual opportunities. All retreats are at or near capacity. Retreat dates for the Class of 2017 as previously published are:

Kairos 147 -- September 20–23, 2016 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus VIII -- October 12-14, 2016 (Wednesday-Friday)
Kairos 148 -- November 8-11, 2016 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus IX -- January 11-13, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday)
Kairos 149 -- February 8-11, 2017 (Wednesday-Saturday Weekend Retreat)
Kairos 150 -- March 14-17, 2017 (Tuesday-Friday)


Students who participate in Kairos either during their junior year or during the first semester offerings are invited to apply for leadership on the remaining Kairos retreats.

Leadership Opportunities

Kairos Retreat Leadership

Students who have participated in the Kairos Retreat Program are invited to apply for leadership of this peer-directed retreat. Leadership opportunities are generally limited to those who attend before the second semester of senior year.

Sophomore Retreat Captains

Seniors are invited to apply as the main student facilitators of the four Sophomore Retreats that occur throughout the school year. For more information, please see or contact Ms. Katie Davis, First Years Chaplain.

Arrupe Mentor Program

Arrupe Mentors are students who commit to providing year-long mentorship to members of the freshman class. Over one hundred members of the Class of 2017 are currently immersed in this project.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. is most known for serving as Superior General of the Jesuits during the transformative years in the wake of Vatican II, articulating more clearly a faith that does justice. Often referred to as the second founder, he also displayed his great pastoral skills as Novice Master for those men just entering the Jesuits, of which we emulate as we commit to being mentors for our freshmen… This commitment involves time, energy, creativity, and integrity when meeting the needs of our freshman class.

Seniors are assigned to lead 3-5 freshmen through the year as directed by adult moderators. Application information was presented at last year's Junior Parent Nights. The 2016 – 2017 moderators for the Arrupe Mentor Program are: Ms. Beth Carney (Director of Admissions), Ms. Beth Shannon (Guidance Counselor), and Ms. Katie Davis (First Years Chaplain). Please see the Junior Students Formation & Ministry page for more leadership opportunities.

Summer Immersion Program

Many seniors begin their work with the Senior Class Chaplain during the recruitment, orientation, and experience of Summer Service Trips. Approximately 100 rising seniors traveled to places near and far to put their love and faith into action during this past summer.

Students should check Edline regularly for information about the upcoming 2017 spring break immersion which provides focus on current social justice concerns.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC)

Grounded in a faith that does justice, this co-curricular service organization limits its general membership to students in the junior and senior classes. Facilitated by a junior/senior executive board, IVC members drive the following annual events:

  • Halloween Party
    • Outreach to neighborhood youth, featuring a haunted house and games. More than 200 Ignatius students (freshmen through seniors) come together to facilitate this event.
  • Hunger Awareness Week
    • Mid-November through mid-December Activities and education aimed at local and global needs, including the annual Buy-a-Bird Collection which benefits local hunger outreach agencies.
  • Peace and Justice Promotion
    • Offers activities to bring opportunity for greater awareness of people and systems operating both inside and outside of just and peaceful societies (historic/current, local and global)
  • Mission Collection/Collaborative Efforts
    • Provides support and student leadership for school-wide Mission Collections in partnership with other service-focused clubs.

Service Partnerships: Plans for the 2016 – 2017 school year include ongoing service to various Chicago-area programs. Students of all ages are welcome to participate.