Faith Life
Student Formation

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 2023 begins the school year with the Senior Welcome Back Mass and Breakfast Reception on Monday, August 15, 2022 in the Church of the Holy Family at 8:00 a.m. All seniors and their parents 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 18th, 2023 in the Church of the Holy Family Church. Baccalaureate tickets for family members are distributed in the spring.
  • Senior Retreat Options

    During their senior year, all students will attend a retreat of their choice. The class of 2023 received their retreat options and registration online last spring and will learn of their retreat placement at the beginning of the school year.

    The well-known and long-standing retreat is Kairos. Seniors and selected juniors will be invited to one of six Kairos retreats throughout the school year. Held at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL and the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL, 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 Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus 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. Information regarding these alternative retreat options was shared on the online retreat registration form last spring. 

    Retreat dates for the Class of 2023 are:
    • Kairos 176 -- September 20-23, 2022
    • ADAM -- October 4-7, 2022
    • Kairos 177 -- November 8-11, 2022
    • Oramus~Fall -- November 15-18, 2022
    • Oramus~Winter - January 10-13, 2023
    • Kairos 178 and Kairos 179 -- February 16-19, 2023
    • Kairos 180 -- March 28-31, 2023
    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 2023 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 Trips

    Many rising-seniors begin their work with the Senior Class Chaplain during the recruitment, orientation and experience of  the Summer Immersion Service Trips. We returned to in-person service immersion this summer, traveling to places in the city and throughout the U.S. to put our love and faith into action.
  • 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
    • Assisting the elderly at the Admiral Retirement Home through Teen Tech Connect
    • Supporting and thanking healthcare workers by letter writing through Cards for a Cause
    • Tutoring children and adults
    • 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. 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 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.

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.
Phone       312.421.5900
Fax 312.421.7124