Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2012
Saint John's is published in the fall and winter and CSB/SJU Magazine is published with the College of Saint Benedict in the spring.
I 18 n 2009, Saint John’s bestowed its highest honor, the Pax Christi Award, on Jesuit Father John Foley, president of the now 10-year-old Cristo Rey Network (CRN). This network of 24 Catholic preparatory high schools serves economically disadvantaged youth who live in urban communities with limited educational options. The same year, CRN launched the University Partners Initiative (UPI), inviting colleges and universities to formalize relationships of mutual support with Cristo Rey (Spanish for “Christ the King”). Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict accepted that invitation, embarking on a formal partnership with CRN. SJU’s informal relationship with CRN, however, dates back to 2006, when it began recruiting and enrolling students and graduates of Cristo Rey schools. Fifteen Cristo Rey graduates currently attend SJU and a sixteenth graduated in 2011. SJU and CSB are among 40 colleges and universities participating in the UPI, which provides support to CRN graduates, all of whom attend college. During the 2009 Pax Christi Award ceremony, Abbot John Klassen OSB ’71 pointed out that the Jesuit values and ideals exemplified in the Cristo Rey philosophy, structure and tradition echo the Benedictine values of Saint John’s Abbey and University. The reverberations are evident in the several graduates of Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s who have gone on to serve the network as employees and volunteers, including Jeb Myers ’97, principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities (CRJHSTC) in Minneapolis, founded in 2007. “We want to find the best environment that will allow our students to thrive in college,” says Myers. “University Partner colleges and universities have great support structures and a great track record of preparing and graduating students.” University Partner schools provide Cristo Rey students with scholarships and other financial aid. Saint John’s has also hosted campus tours, providing transportation for prospective Cristo Rey students, parents and counselors, and has sponsored counselors’ attendance at national Collegeville and Cristo Rey A Partnership of Preparation and Graduation By Joseph Young ’73 Jeb Myers ’97, principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities (CRJHSTC), is on a mission to prepare students for college success. Steve Woit