Fr. John P. Foley, S.J., founder of the Cristo Rey Network, recently visited to celebrate our Patron Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Foley recollected his first visit--the Opening Mass of the school’s first year in the Network--as well as the first years of the Network.
Before the Mass, Fr. Foley share a breakfast with faculty and staff, saying, “We are the fastest-growing movement of Catholic Education in the United States.” At Mass he continued: “God prefers the precarious--God wanted to work through someone precarious,” referencing the Mary and the Immaculate Conception. “We’re called to sing a new song as it said in the Psalm. [ICA Cristo Rey] started to sing a new song when it joined the Network. God is at work in you. God is about creating transformational change. Reject the world that doesn’t work the way the way it’s supposed to work. We should expect to be co-creators of a totally new world.”
Later in the day Fr. Foley’s passion and encouragement was shared with a freshman bilingual Spanish class. The instructor, Martha Sanchez, appreciated Fr. Foley’s sharing of the story of La Virgen de Guadalupe: “He shared the whole story. He was encouraging the girls to feel proud of their heritage, and how important it is to speak two languages. It was wonderful to have him to say there is so much there, to be proud of it. He was an amazing person.”