Faith Life
Student Formation and Ministry

Senior

List of 6 items.

  • Senior Class Liturgies

    The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian life" (Lumen gentium 11). With this foundation in mind, the Class of 2022 begins the school year with the Senior Welcome Back Mass and Reception on Monday, August 16, 2021 in Holy Family at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome! The soon-to-be-graduates celebrate Eucharist together in the Church of the Holy Family for the last time at their Baccalaureate Mass on the evening of Thursday, May 19th, 2022 in the Church of the Holy Family Church. Baccalaureate tickets for family members are distributed in the spring through senior Religious Studies classes.
  • Senior Retreat Options

    During their senior year, students will have a variety of retreat offerings to choose. Students will learn about all retreats in greater detail later at our Junior Formation Family Nights in January 2022. For the class of 2022, information about their retreats will be given to seniors during the first weeks of the school year. The retreat registration form for seniors will be available online.

    The well-known and long-standing retreat is Kairos. Seniors and selected juniors will be invited to one of five Kairos retreats throughout the school year. Held at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL and the Lindenwood Retreat Center in Plymouth, IN, 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 that reflect on the presence of God in their life journey. Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part of the program as well as the retreatant’s involvement in discussions and other exercises.

    In addition to Kairos, students will have several retreat options.  One such alternative is "Oramus, We Pray". On this journey, students pray with Ignatius Spiritual directors at the Lindenwood Retreat Center or the Portiuncula Center for Prayer. This retreat is rooted in Saint Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises and is a great time for students to leave the busy, noisy world and find time for quiet reflection.  An outdoor camping retreat option for our young men is "A.D.A.M., Forged in Fire" that will be held in the fall at the Glenhagen Farm Retreat Center. We also anticipate offering a retreat in the spring for our young women in partnership with the Voices of Women [VOW] Club. Information regarding these alternative retreat options will be shared at both occasions noted above. 

    Retreat dates for the Class of 2022 are:
    • Kairos 171 -- September 28-October 1, 2021 
    • ADAM -- October 5-8, 2021
    • Kairos 172 -- November 9-12, 2021 
    • Oramus Winter -- January 11-14, 2022
    • Kairos 173 -- February 17-20, 2022
    • Kairos 174 -- March 29-April 1, 2022
    • Oramus Spring -- April 19-22, 2022
    • VOW -- Spring 2022
    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 six 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 100 members of the Class of 2022 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 provided last school year by the club moderators.  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  the Summer Immersion Service Trips. We look forward to traveling to 11 places near and far to put our love and faith into action during the summer of 2022.
  • 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 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 the Holy Family Food Pantry and other experiences with the homeless like volunteering at soup kitchens
    • Tutoring children and adults
    • Experiences of peace and justice making at sites like I-Grow, Su Casa Catholic Worker, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and many more!

    If interested in joining IVC, please contact the club moderators, Mr. Peter Corrigan (peter.corrigan@ignatius.org).
  • Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ)

    The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and the 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 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 Mr. Ed Nuñez (ed.nunez@ignatius.org) or Mr. Corrigan (peter.corrigan@ignatius.org) if interested.

Contact for More Information

For additional information on the Senior Program, please contact our Senior Class Chaplain, Mr. Ed Nuñez, at ed.nunez@ignatius.org.