Faith Life
Student Formation and Ministry


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 2020 begins the school year with the Senior Welcome Back Mass and Reception on Monday, August 19, 2019 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 21st, 2020 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 2019. Follow up information is given to seniors during the first weeks of the 2019-20 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 or with Ignatius Spiritual directors at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus on this journey. Information regarding Oramus was shared at both occasions noted above.

    The Class of 2020 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 2020 as previously published are:

    • Kairos 162 -- September 24-27, 2019 
    • Kairos 163 -- November 12-15, 2019 
    • Oramus Winter -- January 14-17, 2020
    • Kairos 164 -- February 13-16, 2020
    • Kairos 165 -- March 10-13, 2020
    • Oramus Spring -- April 21-24, 2020
    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 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 2020 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 2019-20 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.
  • Summer Immersion Program

    Many seniors begin their work with the Senior Class Chaplain during the recruitment, orientation, and experience of Summer Service Trips. Approximately 85 rising seniors traveled to 10 places near and far to put their love and faith into action during this past summer.
  • 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 modertors, Ms. Carney ( and Mr. Peter Corrigan (
  • 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 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 Ms. Davis ( or Mr. Corrigan ( if interested.

Contact for More Information

For additional information on the Senior Program, please contact our Senior Class Chaplain, Ms. Katie Davis, at