During the Junior Year, students are offered many opportunities to reflect on their journey of faith as disciples of Jesus Christ – a journey of faith, service, learning and growth.
As upper-class students, many juniors begin to take on leadership roles in clubs, sports, and retreats. In their Religious Studies course “Images of Humanity”, they explore the big questions of human nature, ethical theories, and the practical implications for their daily lives. On Junior Retreat, “A Disciple’s Journey”, students have the opportunity to share in conversation, activities, and prayer with classmates and retreat leaders as they reflect on their journey through high school. As they grow in their understanding of discipleship, they have the opportunity to imitate Christ through their service to the poor and the marginalized. In the spring, juniors and their families gather for the Junior Family Liturgy to celebrate their journey at Saint Ignatius and bless their class rings.
The Junior Family Liturgy on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at noon in Holy Family Church will be an opportunity for juniors and their families to join together in celebration of their relationships with classmates, the support of their families, and their journey of faith in Christ.
Juniors plan all aspects of the liturgy and serve as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers and gift bearers. During the liturgy, the class rings are blessed as a symbol of their time and growth at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Class rings will be distributed at the reception in the Tully Hall hosted by the Parents Organization which follows the liturgy.
The Junior Retreat, "A Disciple’s Journey", is an overnight retreat directed by our Junior Class Chaplain and facilitated by a team of Youth Ministers from various parishes from around the Archdiocese of Chicago. It takes place at the La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano and the Techny Towers Retreat Center in Techny, IL. Junior retreat complements the junior religion classes with two full days of personal prayer, group reflection, community building, celebration of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. The juniors have time for private reflection and prayer, as well as discussion and sharing of concerns and hopes. Just as private prayer is a special way of encountering God, so is time for sharing. In this special way, the “Word of God” is being formulated and spoken through some of God’s greatest creations – your sons and daughters.
Juniors serve as leaders in many different settings within the SICP community: sports, retreat teams, extra-curricular clubs and activities. The Student Ignatian Leadership Seminar (SILS) is a three-day workshop designed to prepare students who have been called to serve as Ignatian leaders by increasing their understanding of Christian principles, deepening their Ignatian Spirituality, and enhancing their leadership skills. There are three SILS programs during the year. Ms. Emily Valencia, Director of Student Activities, coordinates the SILS program.
A general overview of the Kairos Program can be found on the Senior Formation & Ministry page. Because space is limited in our Kairos program, juniors are strongly encouraged to inquire about this early spiritual opportunity.
Kairos 166 is open only to members of the Class of 2021 and is scheduled for June 4-7, 2020.
During the past summer, Saint Ignatius College Prep provided opportunities for approximately 85 rising seniors on Summer Service Projects. The site locations extend from Chicago to New Orleans, New Jersey, the border of Arizona and Mexico, and Los Angeles. The Junior and Senior Class Chaplains will collaborate in the second semester (January 21 & 22, 2020) to inform and recruit students for the Summer 2020 Immersion Program and to distribute application materials. For more information, please feel welcome to contact the Senior Class Chaplain at email@example.com.
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 reflect on and pray about how our Catholic/Christian faith inspires, motivates and sustains our call to be Men and Women for Others beyond our Freshman and Sophomore service commitment. These ongoing examples of service include:
Hosting the Halloween Party, an outreach to neighborhood youth, featuring a haunted house and games. More than 100 Ignatius students (freshmen through seniors) come together to facilitate this event.
Serving at Holy Family Food Pantry and other experiences with the homeless like volunteering at soup kitchens
Tutoring adults and children
Experiences of peace and justice making at sites like I-Grow, Su Casa Catholic Worker, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and many more!
The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. We gather each year in the spirit of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, using their lives and ministry as inspiration for discovering the injustices of today and how we might engage in them. The Teach-In is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged and supported by a community that sees faith and justice and integrally linked.
The Teach-In is a space for prophetic voices for solidarity with the economically poor, the marginalized, and the Earth who have an openness to an Ignatian approach to faith and justice. The Teach-In usually occurs during the first weekend of November in Washington, DC. Saint Ignatius students will typically miss one day of school (be aware of the 20-day rule). All juniors and seniors in good standing are eligible to apply. Please contact Ms. Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Corrigan (email@example.com) if interested.