Faith Life
Student Formation

Junior

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. The Junior Class Chaplain, Ms. Tiffany Swann-Covington, will accompany during this year of emerging leadership and faith development.
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.

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  • Junior Class Liturgy

    Junior Class Liturgy

    The Junior Family Liturgy on Sunday, April 23, 2023 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.
  • Junior Retreat

    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 Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus [LUREC] in Woodstock, 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.
  • Leadership Training

    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. Ms. Maureen Lonergan, Director of Student Activities, coordinates the SILS program.
  • Junior Kairos

    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 181 is open only to members of the Class of 2024 and is scheduled for June 2-5, 2023.  
  • Summer Immersion Trips

    Saint Ignatius College Prep returned to in-person trips this past summer. 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 at a fall class assembly to inform and recruit students for the Summer 2023 Immersion trips and to distribute application materials. For more information, please feel welcome to contact the Senior Class Chaplain at ed.nunez@ignatius.org.
  • 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 St. Leonard's Ministries
    • Supporting and thanking healthcare workers by writing letters through Cards for a Cause
    • Assisting the elderly at The Admiral Retirement Home through Teen Tech Connect
    • Tutoring adults and children
    • Experiences of peace and justice-making at sites like I-Grow, Off the Street Club, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and many more!

    If interested in joining IVC, please contact the club moderator, Mr. 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 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 will take place on October 22-24, 2022 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.

Dates for Junior Retreat

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  • Locations

    • La Salle Manor Retreat Center, 12480 Galena Road, Plano, IL 60545; phone (630) 552-3224
    • Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus [LUREC], 2710 S Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; phone (815-338-1032)
    • Students leave the morning of 1st day and return at about 3:00 p.m. the following afternoon (2 full class days missed)
  • Dates

    • September 15-16, 2022 (La Salle)
    • October 27-28, 2022 (La Salle)
    • January 5-6, 2023 (La Salle)
    • January 26-27, 2023 (LUREC)
    • March 9-10, 2023 (LUREC)
    • March 23-24, 2023 (LUREC)
    • April 20-21, 2023 (La Salle)

Contact for More Information

For additional information on the Junior Program, please contact our Junior Chaplain, Ms. Tiffany Swann-Covington, at t.swann-covington@ignatius.org.
Phone       312.421.5900
Fax 312.421.7124