The theme, “Celebrating a Decade of Faith, Education and Vision”, set the stage for DePaul Cristo Rey’s 10th anniversary celebration and blessing of its transformed campus. The October 27 celebration included current and former students, school leaders and staff, as well as friends whose support helped make the new buildings possible.
DePaul Cristo Rey opened in June 2011; a two-year construction project was completed in 2020 transforming the Clifton campus by adding a gymnasium, cafeteria and a three-story college building. The construction was financed by the success of the building. To come up. Together. For a fundraising campaign in Greater Cincinnati that raised $ 20.8 million.
Anniversary guests were impressed with the transformed campus and enjoyed reflecting on the history and successes of the school with guest speakers Sr. Barbara Hagedorn, SC, past president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati ; Sister Jeanne Bessette, OSF, founding president of DPCR; and the current president of the DPCR, Siobhan Taylor.
Hispanic Outreach Teacher and Coordinator, Dr. Manuel Iris, who is also a Cincinnati Poet Emeritus, read the poem “A Seed and a Tree,” which he wrote in honor of the occasion. Artist Holly Schapker explained and unveiled (with the help of students) a tapestry she created depicting the school’s first decade and its prospects for the future.
The program concluded with Sister Patricia Hayden, SC, current President of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, leading the guests in a common blessing of the new buildings. The guests also appreciated the tours of the new spaces.
DePaul Cristo Rey is a Catholic university preparatory high school whose mission is to educate young people who have the potential but the limited financial means to go to university. This is accomplished through a dynamic academic program in partnership with an innovative corporate work study program not available at any other local high school. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, DPCR is one of 38 high schools in the national Cristo Rey Network® that serves 12,300 young people.