Welcome to the Senior Students Formation and Ministry home page. For additional information on the Senior Program, please contact our Senior Class Chaplain, Ms. Katie Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian life" (Lumen gentium 11). With this foundation in mind, the Class of 2018 begins the school year with the Senior Welcome Back Mass and Reception on Monday, August 14, 2017 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 24th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church. Baccalaureate tickets for family members are distributed in the spring through senior Religious Studies classes.
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 2018. Follow up information is given to seniors in their Religious Studies classes during the first weeks of the 2017-2018 school year. The registration forms for seniors can also be found online.
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 2018 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 2018 as previously published are:
Kairos 152 -- September 19–22, 2017 (Tuesday-Friday)
Kairos 153 -- November 14-17, 2017 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus X -- January 10-12, 2018 (Wednesday-Friday)
Kairos 154 -- February 15-18, 2018 (Thursday-Sunday Weekend Retreat)
Kairos 155 -- March 13-16, 2018 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus XI -- May 2018 (exact date TBD)
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.
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 the First Years Chaplain.
Arrupe Mentor Program
Arrupe Mentors are students who commit to providing year-long mentorship to members of the freshman class. Over 90 members of the Class of 2018 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 2017 – 2018 moderators for the Arrupe Mentor Program are: Ms. Beth Carney (Director of Admissions), Ms. Beth Shannon (Guidance Counselor), and Ms. Katie Davis (Senior Chaplain). Please see the Junior Students Formation & Ministry page for more leadership opportunities.
Many seniors begin their work with the Senior Class Chaplain during the recruitment, orientation, and experience of Summer Service Trips. Approximately 120 rising seniors traveled to places near and far to put their love and faith into action during this past summer.
Students should check online regularly for information about the upcoming 2018 spring break immersion which provides focus on current social justice concerns.
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:
Service Partnerships: Plans for the 2017 – 2018 school year include ongoing service to various Chicago-area programs. Students of all ages are welcome to participate.