Sr. Mary Fran McLaughlin, BVM selected as the first recipient of the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Award.

Sr. Mary Fran McLaughlin, BVM was selected as the inaugural honoree of the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Award for her embodiment of the spirit of St. Ignatius through her service for and with others, within the Christ the King Jesuit College Prep community and through her lifelong commitment to Catholic education.

Sr. Mary Fran has played an integral role at Christ the King since the school’s founding – even before our first students were welcomed in August of 2009. She originally served in the Development office for four years, until our first class graduated in 2012. She was then asked to be a part of the CTK President’s search committee, helping to select President Clem Martin. Sr. Mary Fran continues to lend her vast expertise to the school while currently serving a 6-year term on the CTK Board of Directors from 2014 to July 2020.

From serving on our Board to helping our Development team, advocating for our students and celebrating with them at every graduation ceremony, Sr. Mary Fran is a fixture in the CTK community. She has followed in the footsteps of St. Ignatius by giving of herself to our students, faculty and staff, taking action to help in one of the most under-served and violent areas of our city.  She is truly a woman for others,” shared Clem Martin, President, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep

As part of her acceptance speech at the 12th Annual King of Hearts Gala, Sr. Mary Fran said, “CTK students are extraordinary in overcoming obstacles and setting themselves on pathways to success with a lot of help from the school and the Corporate Work Study Program community. Their parents and families have placed a great deal of trust in Christ the King and hold fast to their hopes and dreams for their children,” she says.

At the beginning of each school day, CTK students are called to respond with the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola to conclude their morning prayer: “Go forth and set the world on fire.

Thank you, Sr. Mary Fran, for setting the world on fire for our students!