Welcome to the Junior Students Formation and Ministry home page. For additional information on the Junior Program, please contact our Junior Chaplain, Adam Gonazalez, at adam.gonzalez@ignatius.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

During the Junior Year, students are offered many opportunities to reflect on their journey of faith as disciples of Jesus Christ – a journey of faith, service, learning and growth. As upper-class students, many juniors begin to take on leadership roles in clubs, sports, and retreats. In their Religious Studies course “Images of Humanity”, they explore the big questions of human nature, ethical theories, and the practical implications for their daily lives. On Junior Retreat, “A Disciple’s Journey”, students have the opportunity to share in conversation, activities, and prayer with classmates and retreat leaders as they reflect on their journey through high school. As they grow in their understanding of discipleship, they have the opportunity to imitate Christ through their service to the poor and the marginalized. In the spring, juniors and their families gather for the Junior Family Liturgy to celebrate their journey at Saint Ignatius and bless their class rings.

Junior Class Liturgy

The Junior Family Liturgy on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church will be an opportunity for juniors and their families to join together in celebration of their relationships with classmates, the support of their families, and their journey of faith in Christ.

Juniors plan all aspects of the liturgy and serve as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers and gift bearers. During the liturgy, the class rings are blessed as a symbol of their time and growth at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Class rings will be distributed at the reception in the Tully Hall hosted by the Parents Organization which follows the liturgy.

Junior Retreat

The Junior Retreat, "A Disciple’s Journey", is an overnight retreat directed by our Junior Class Chaplain and facilitated by a team of Youth Ministers from various parishes from around the Archdiocese of Chicago. It takes place at the La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano and the Techny Towers Retreat Center in Techny, IL. Junior retreat complements the junior religion classes with two full days of personal prayer, group reflection, community building, celebration of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. The juniors have time for private reflection and prayer, as well as discussion and sharing of concerns and hopes. Just as private prayer is a special way of encountering God, so is time for sharing. In this special way, the “Word of God” is being formulated and spoken through some of God’s greatest creations – your sons and daughters.

Dates for Junior Retreat


La Salle Manor Retreat Center, 12480 Galena Road, Plano, IL 60545; phone (630) 552-3224

Techny Towers Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, IL 60082; phone (847) 272-1100

Students leave the morning of 1st day and return at about 3:00 p.m. the following afternoon (2 full class days missed)  


October 11-12, 2018 (La Salle)
October 25-26, 2018 (La Salle)
January 10-11, 2019 (La Salle)
February 7-8, 2019 (La Salle)
February 21-22, 2019 (Techny)
March 7-8, 2019 (La Salle)
April 11-12, 2019 (La Salle)

Leadership Training

Juniors serve as leaders in many different settings within the SICP community: sports, retreat teams, extra-curricular clubs and activities. The Student Ignatian Leadership Seminar (SILS) is a three-day workshop designed to prepare students who have been called to serve as Ignatian leaders by increasing their understanding of Christian principles, deepening their Ignatian Spirituality, and enhancing their leadership skills. There are three SILS programs during the year.

Junior Kairos

A general overview of the Kairos Program can be found on the Senior Formation & Ministry page. Because space is limited in our Kairos program, juniors are strongly encouraged to inquire about this early spiritual opportunity.

Kairos 161 is open only to members of the Class of 2020 and is scheduled for June 4-7, 2019.

Summer Immersion Projects

During the past summer, Saint Ignatius College Prep provided opportunities for approximately 100 rising seniors on Summer Service Projects. The site locations extend from Chicago to New Orleans, New Jersey, the border of Arizona and Mexico, and Los Angeles. The Junior and Senior Class Chaplains will collaborate in the second semester (January 22 & 23, 2019) to inform and recruit students for the Summer 2019 Immersion Program and to distribute application materials. For more information, please feel welcome to contact the Senior Class Chaplain at kathleen.davis@ignatius.org.

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 drive the following annual events:

  • Halloween Party
    • Outreach to neighborhood youth, featuring a haunted house and games. More than 200 Ignatius students (freshmen through seniors) come together to facilitate this event.
  • Hunger Awareness Month
    • Mid-November through mid-December Activities and education aimed at local and global needs
  • Peace and Justice Promotion
    • Offers activities to bring opportunity for greater awareness of people and systems operating both inside and outside of just and peaceful societies (historic/current, local and global)
  • Mission Collection/Collaborative Efforts
    • Provides support and student leadership for school-wide Mission Collections in partnership with other service-focused clubs.