Christ the King Jesuit Volunteer Program
We, the Christ the King Jesuit Volunteers, strive to become men and women for others through our service to the family of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, our dedication to living simply in an intentional faith-based community, and our commitment to spiritual/personal development.
Our Program at a Glance
The Christ the King Jesuit Volunteer Program connects men and women who wish to serve as educators in a low-income community with the opportunity to work in an innovative educational environment. Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School was established to provide working families of Chicago’s West Side with the opportunity to provide their children with a Jesuit, college preparatory education.
Now in its eleventh year of operation, the volunteer program was founded in response to the extensive needs and limited resources of our sister school, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJHS). At CRJHS, the program has grown to be a vital part of delivering quality, affordable education to students in the Southwest side of Chicago, and at CTK, the program has begun serving the students and families of the Austin neighborhood.
Our volunteers demonstrate a commitment to social justice, spiritual and personal growth, and intentional community living – all tenets of our program. Our volunteers give their gifts and talents to serve the students and families of Cristo Rey and Christ the King in many ways. They live in intentional community across the street from each school and benefit from lives committed to reflection and action.
Why Choose to be a Christ the King Jesuit Volunteer?
Members of the volunteer program serve Christ the King for two years. The volunteer program offers a lifetime of memories, meaningful relationships, and the opportunity to impact lives. Volunteers truly live out the Ignatian motto, “For the greater glory of God.” How does it all happen?
Hearing the Call to Serve
Volunteers perform a variety of services for Christ the King. The goal of the program is to match the needs of the school with the interests, gifts, and talents of the volunteers. Volunteers help drive students to their Corporate Internship work assignment in the morning or afternoon. They have taught Social Studies, English, Technology, Drama, Civics, Economics, Expository Writing, Math, Art, Science, U.S. History and Music. Volunteers have also extensively worked with the Corporate Internship Program and the Counseling Office. Almost all volunteers coach sports or moderate extra-curricular activities.
Living in One Community
Volunteers live in intentional community with other members of the program and embrace a lifestyle of simplicity during their tenure. Such a commitment to community life involves mutual respect, an attitude of service, and consideration for all areas of community life. The Lizzy Seeberg Volunteer House is located on West Jackson Blvd. across from CTK. The volunteers split the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the volunteer residence. Intentional community, however, means much more than this. Volunteers share their daily triumphs and failures at community meals. They work together on projects within the school and build relationships between one another through community activities, retreats, and reflection times. Intentional community living is a profound, unique, and challenging way to approach service with and for others.
A Commitment to Simple Living
It is a clear objective of the Christ the King Volunteer Program that all aspects of the volunteer’s service be charged with a commitment to simple living. This has been defined as seeking an understanding of sustainability in one’s own life and the life of the community, as living within one’s means, as making concerted efforts to conserve and reuse, and as actively engaging in the discernment process to make such determinations. While it is clear that this is no simple task, it is our hope that our volunteers can explore what it means to live simply in the context of Christian spirituality.
Growing Spiritually & Personally
Life at Christ the King is about much more than education. As a school based in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Christ the King encourages each volunteer to find ways to embrace a personal and communal spirituality that is life giving. Volunteers may choose to engage in communal prayer times, community Mass, spiritual direction, and retreats as they come to understand the ways in which God calls each one of us into deeper relationships.
Many Diverse Ways to Serve CTK
For the 2016 – 2017 school year, we are looking for volunteers eager to share their gifts with our students. Specifically, we are looking for candidates in the following areas:
The Christ the King Volunteer Program is more than just an interlude before graduate school or a career. Volunteers make important contributions to the lives of our students and, in the process, are changed through their service to the community. However, the decision to give so completely of one’s self is not always an easy one. After all, you have bills to pay and plans to consider.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your decision:
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