February 13, 2023 — With approval from the provincial of Jesuits West, the Cristo Rey Network and the Archdiocese of Seattle, Cristo Rey Jesuit Seattle High School will open in the fall of 2024.
“We are excited to welcome Cristo Rey Jesuit Seattle High School into our family of Jesuit schools,” said Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, provincial of the Jesuits West Province. “I am grateful to Archbishop Paul Etienne for his invitation to become the religious sponsor of the school as we partner with the Archdiocese in this important work. We have a shared commitment to ensuring that students have access to Catholic education regardless of economic barriers, and we look forward to accompanying the talented students who will walk the halls of Cristo Rey Jesuit Seattle in the creation of a hope-filled future.”
Cristo Rey schools provide a career-focused, college-preparatory education for students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college.
Cristo Rey Jesuit Seattle will be a coed, Catholic, Jesuit, college-preparatory school serving families with limited economic resources and inclusive of all faiths and cultures. Students will contribute to the cost of their education and gain valuable experience through a Corporate Work Study Program. It will be the 40th Cristo Rey school in the United States.
Paul Hogan has been named the founding president. He joins Cristo Rey Jesuit from SetPath, a non-profit that provides free mentorship and life-planning services to young adults. Prior to SetPath, Mr. Hogan spent 28 years at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, including a decade as principal. He has also served as a trustee for organizations that serve young adults, including Edison High School, University of Oregon’s Enrollment Advisory Board and the Children’s Cancer Association.
“I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to lead Cristo Rey Jesuit as founding president, building on the sturdy foundation created by so many dedicated volunteers and generous donors,” said Mr. Hogan. “The unique work-study model means that Cristo Rey schools are where the Gospel meets the American dream. We can’t wait to meet our first freshman class in the summer of 2024, as they begin their journey to and through college and achieve their full human potential!”
“Grounding students in our faith, while helping them develop a deeper relationship with Christ is the essence of Catholic education, and one reason why I welcome Cristo Rey to the Archdiocese of Seattle,” Archbishop Etienne said. “I am grateful that the new Cristo Rey school will form students to reach their full potential, and through Catholic education, gain access to meaningful and dignified employment while increasing their future opportunities.”
Following an exhaustive property search, Cristo Rey Jesuit has entered exploratory discussions with St. Paul Parish in southeast Seattle. Learn more at www.cristoreyseattle.org.