Arrupe Leaders Summit

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School to Participate in Arrupe Leaders Summit

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School students and faculty will join six other Jesuit and Catholic high schools at the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s west coast Arrupe Leaders Summit from January 31-February 2, 2020 near San Francisco, CA. 

The Arrupe Leaders Summit invites emerging student leaders for social justice to spend a weekend strengthening their capacity to effect positive social change while deepening their understanding of the relationship between faith and justice emphasized in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Through idea sharing, action planning, and a vibrant series of presentations and hands-on leadership challenges, attendees build skills to effect positive social change in their local and global communities. Summits invite emerging student leaders from Jesuit and other Catholic high schools and parishes nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice” as emphasized in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The program also includes opportunities for faculty mentors to discuss student leadership for social justice and the Ignatian education pedagogical model.

Throughout the three-day program, students explore concepts from The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders through the lens of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.’s life. Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), is known for his transformational leadership during a tumultuous period in global history, including his ministry Hiroshima after the fall of the atomic bomb and during a time of great transition for the Catholic Church and the Jesuits. He guided the order through the changes of Vatican II to a focus on the poor and marginalized and the education of women and men to serve others—now a guiding principle in Jesuit education.

Additional schools attending the west coast Summit are:
Bishop O'Dowd High School
Presentation High School
Arrupe Jesuit High School, Denver
St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Los Angeles
Loyola High School, Los Angeles
Jesuit High School, Sacramento

The Summit will be led by a diverse team of facilitators that began planning in the fall. The facilitation team includes: Erin Brown, Ignatian Solidarity Network program director, Crystal Catalan, the director of community involvement and the director of equity & inclusion at Presentation High School in San Jose, CA, Carlos Jiménez, the director of diversity, equity & inclusion at Bellarmine College Prep in San José, Alyssa Perez, Student Engagement Coordinator at the Center for Service and Action at Loyola Marymount University, and Molleen Dupree-Dominguez, religious studies teacher at Bishop O’Dowd High School. 

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), is a lay-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that networks, educates, and forms advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions.