Welcome to the Senior Students Formation and Ministry home page. For additional information on the Senior Program, please contact our Senior Class Chaplain, Ms. Katie Davis, at kathleen.davis@ignatius.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

Senior Class Liturgies

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian life" (Lumen gentium 11). With this foundation in mind, the Class of 2019 begins the school year with the Senior Welcome Back Mass and Reception on Monday, August 13, 2018 in Holy Family at 3:30 p.m.  All are welcome!  The soon-to-be-graduates celebrate Eucharist together in Holy Family for the last time at their Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church. Baccalaureate tickets for family members are distributed in the spring through senior Religious Studies classes. 

Senior Retreat Options

Seniors and invited juniors are encouraged to make one of five Kairos retreats throughout the school year. Held at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Kairos at Saint Ignatius College Prep is a religious retreat program grounded in Christian incarnational theology and Ignatian spirituality. It is an experience of Christian community with a series of presentations given by students and adults. Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part of the program as well as the retreatant’s involvement in discussions and other exercises.

Students were invited to register for Kairos following an all-class presentation and our Junior Parent Nights in January 2018. Follow up information is given to seniors during the first weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. The registration forms for seniors can also be found online.

Seniors who choose not to participate in this voluntary retreat are encouraged to see the Senior Chaplain for alternatives to nourish their maturing spirituality. One such alternative is the "Oramus, We Pray" retreat. Students pray with and among the monks of the New Melleray Abbey and the Benedictine community of Holy Wisdom Monastery on this journey. Information regarding Oramus was shared at both occasions noted above.

The Class of 2019 has already responded heartily to the invitation to explore these spiritual opportunities. All retreats are at or near capacity. Retreat dates for the Class of 2019 as previously published are:

Kairos 157 -- September 18–21, 2018 (Tuesday-Friday)
Kairos 158 -- November 6-9, 2018 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus XI -- January 16-18, 2019 (Wednesday-Friday)
Kairos 159 -- February 14-17, 2019 (Thursday-Sunday Weekend Retreat)
Kairos 160 -- March 12-15, 2019 (Tuesday-Friday)
Oramus XII -- April 2019 (exact date TBD)

Students who participate in Kairos either during their junior year or during the first semester offerings are invited to apply for leadership on the remaining Kairos retreats.

Leadership Opportunities

Kairos Retreat Leadership

Students who have participated in the Kairos Retreat Program are invited to apply for leadership of this peer-directed retreat. Leadership opportunities are generally limited to those who attend before the second semester of senior year.

Sophomore Retreat Captains

Seniors are invited to apply as the main student facilitators of the four Sophomore Retreats that occur throughout the school year. For more information, please see or contact the First Years Chaplain.

Arrupe Mentor Program

Arrupe Mentors are students who commit to providing year-long mentorship to members of the freshman class. Over 90 members of the Class of 2019 are currently immersed in this project.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. is most known for serving as Superior General of the Jesuits during the transformative years in the wake of Vatican II, articulating more clearly a faith that does justice. Often referred to as the second founder, he also displayed his great pastoral skills as Novice Master for those men just entering the Jesuits, of which we emulate as we commit to being mentors for our freshmen… This commitment involves time, energy, creativity, and integrity when meeting the needs of our freshman class.

Seniors are assigned to lead 3-5 freshmen through the year as directed by adult moderators. Application information was presented at last year's Junior Parent Nights. The 2018 – 2019 moderators for the Arrupe Mentor Program are: Ms. Beth Carney (Director of Admissions), Ms. Beth Shannon (Guidance Counselor), and Ms. Katie Davis (Senior Chaplain). Please see the Junior Students Formation & Ministry page for more leadership opportunities.

Summer Immersion Program

Many seniors begin their work with the Senior Class Chaplain during the recruitment, orientation, and experience of Summer Service Trips. Approximately 100 rising seniors traveled to places near and far to put their love and faith into action during this past summer.

Students should check online regularly for information about the upcoming 2019 spring break immersion which provides focus on current social justice concerns.

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 Week
    • Mid-November through mid-December Activities and education aimed at local and global needs, including the annual Buy-a-Bird Collection which benefits local hunger outreach agencies.
  • 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.

Service Partnerships: Plans for the 2018 – 2019 school year include ongoing service to various Chicago-area programs. Students of all ages are welcome to participate.