Faculty, staff and students from the Class of 2022 during their Kairos retreat last year.

The theme for the school year is ‘Encounter Community, Encounter One Another, and Encounter God’. The Kairos retreat has become a tradition in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School experience – a three-day retreat during senior year - and is emblematic of this theme. The first of three retreats goes from Sept. 22 - 24 with additional retreats in December and May.

Kairos literally translates to God’s time. It is about encountering God’s voice and spirit in our relationships and who we are called to be by eliminating one’s attachment to time obligations and electronics. During Kairos, the seniors have a chance to develop and deepen their relationship with God and experience God’s presence. This is done through student and adult leader talks, small group faith sharing sessions, group activities, mass, evening meditation and sacrament of reconciliation. Students also complete a retreat journal to take home with them following the conclusion of Kairos.

Director of Campus Ministry Jodie Scordo shared, “One of the things I look forward to the most is afterwards when the students realize they’ve had an experience of God - that ‘a ha’ moment and when the students share the stories of their experience or realization of that moment.”

Thank you to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Gifts Grant program whose support has helped foster the faith formation of CRJ students that help them have that ‘a ha’ moment and see God in all things.


CRJ was honored to welcome the Villarreal family for the dedication of the Prayer Plaza earlier this month.

At our Friday Assembly last week, I learned about Bachata dancing from two student presenters. The students shared that Bachata is a dance style that developed in the Dominican Republic in the 1960’s. They talked about Bachata’s distinct rhythm and the love stories contained in traditional Bachata music. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, between mid-September and mid-October, we highlight the cultures and contributions of many of our students and families to our larger community. Celebrating the cultural heritage and diversity of our students enables us to value each individual while building a dynamic school community. In addition, students recognize the importance of those who’ve paved the way for them to have opportunities they enjoy today. 

Earlier this month, members of our community gathered to dedicate the Prayer Plaza in front of our school with the Villarreal family, who generously funded its construction. Fr. Bill Johnson, SJ offered prayers, reflection, and a blessing as we formally celebrated the creation of this sacred space. This project has tremendous personal significance to the Villareal family. El Rey, the Villarreal family business grocery store chain, traces its first store’s origins to the southside of Milwaukee 45 years ago close to our current school location. At the dedication we had an opportunity to discuss the positive impact of El Rey on the community. The grocery store has a particular emphasis on providing food to the community that one would find in traditional dishes from a variety of Latin cultures. 

At one point, Olivia Villarreal, the matriarch of the family asked to speak directly to her children who were all present among the crowd who gathered for the dedication. She talked about how when she grew up, she had parents who modeled love, a deep faith, and encouragement while they worked hard to provide for her family. She acknowledged, however, that her parents could not help her pay for higher education when the time came and that was something she vowed to do differently for her children and others in need. She concluded with a direct message to her family, “May you never act selfish but learn to give of yourselves whenever your kindness and generosity are needed!”

As I consider Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of those who’ve gone before us to offer us the opportunities we have today, I think of El Rey’s commitment to the southside of Milwaukee and Olivia’s words to her family. By helping our students know and celebrate their cultural heritage and by encouraging them to generously share their gifts, Cristo Rey Jesuit empowers our students to uniquely contribute to our community and open the door to opportunity for others when they are called to do so. When the Villarreal family started El Rey, I am not sure if they ever imagined the resounding business success it would be today. I do know that their contribution to our community through their desire to celebrate their cultural heritage through the food sold in their stores has made our Milwaukee community stronger and paved the way for families and future generations of young people.


Cristo Rey Jesuit empowers its graduates to succeed in college and life. The spring of 2023 marks a milestone in the history of the school as the founding class of 2019 will become college graduates. Throughout this year, we will be highlighting members of the class of 2019, beginning with Ashley Castaneda. Ashley is attending Marquette University with a major in Criminology and Law Studies. Discover how this Trailblazer is prepared for success in college and life.


Join Us For Milwaukee Stars Merengue

Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Get your tickets now for this one-night-only event! See community leaders take the stage with a professional dance partner to entertain and raise funds to benefit

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students.

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This week marks the start of the 2022 United Way Community Campaign! Many local companies participate in workplace campaigns to support worthy causes through corporate giving and the United Way.

You can designate your United Way gift to support Cristo Rey Jesuit HIgh School, an approved 501(c)(3) organization. Simply fill in CRJHS and our address (1818 West National Avenue., Milwaukee, WI 53204) under the "Optional designated contribution" line on the United Way pledge form 

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