Beth Franzosa Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

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Beth Franzosa

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago Pilsen)
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Overview of Cristo Rey Adult Formation
Areas under Adult Formation:

  • the annual all-day Faculty and Staff Retreat

  • Ignatian Evening Mass and dinner gatherings at the homes of faculty and staff members

  • Soup and Substance lunches and reflections on several half-day lunch breaks

  • the Formation program for new employees, which includes meetings once a quarter for the first three years on the following topics:

    • in the first year, an introduction to Jesuit Education and Ignatian Spirituality

    • in the second year, a series of Ignatian reflections based on the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises

    • in the third year, a series of case studies on discernment in a Jesuit school

  • faculty and staff Mass celebrations for the beginning of the school year, Christmas, and the end of the year

  • new employees’ participation in the summer Ignatian Themes Workshop

  • supporting Faculty and Staff in finding, participating in, and funding individual retreats and spiritual direction (by request)

  • opportunities as needed for Faculty and Staff faith-sharing, individual faith development, and community service

Jesuit Resources (Website)

General Resources and Getting Started

If you'd like to get started with Ignatian Spirituality or understand it better, Loyola Press keeps a collection of great resources for every level and many different topics.

Xavier University has a curated collection of resources, many that may be useful in your classroom or department. (Spanish)

The Ignatian Solidarity Network is an organization for social justice and advocacy from the point of view of Ignatian Spirituality, and they have many resources about current events and justice movements.

The Jesuit Post, a blog written and produced by Jesuits in formation, engages contemporary life and pop culture from a Jesuit perspective.

Jesuit Leadership, Education, and Business

This article gives an overview of how the Jesuits got involved in education and what makes Jesuit education distinctive.

Cardinal Avery Dulles S.J. details the vision of St. Ignatius and the special characteristics of the Jesuits.

This resource from Loyola Press has a method of group discernment for businesses and organizations.

This article on Ignatian Spirituality in the classroom comes highly recommended.

This piece on Pedro Arrupe S.J. explains how, as Father General, he led Jesuit schools to emphasize faith and justice.

Many documents on the basis of Jesuit Education.

Ignatian Discernment

This resource from Loyola Press has a method of group discernment for businesses and organizations.

Here is a background on Ignatian discernment and making personal decisions, from Marquette.

Ignatius and the First Jesuits

Online version of the "autobiography" of St. Ignatius (written by an early Jesuit, based on Ignatius's account of his life). (English) (Spanish)

This article by David Fleming S.J. explores the lives and spiritual lessons from St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Peter Faber.

A collection of letters that Ignatius wrote to the first Jesuits. I recommend starting with 1 and 8, both labeled "On Dealing with Others."

More Resources

A list of Jesuit publications worldwide, in many languages.

Links to Jesuit publications by the Jesuits in the U.S. and Canada, including America Magazine and the Studies in Jesuit Spirituality journal.


There are many great options for daily prayer online, through smartphone and tablet apps, by mail, or by email. If you have more to add to the list or would like some suggestions, let me know!

Daily Mass Readings – You can always find the Mass readings of the day and daily video reflections at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: (in English and Spanish)

Pray As You Go and Rezando Voy – Daily Jesuit prayer audio podcasts (with smartphone apps), based on the readings of the day: and

Jesuit Daily Reflections – Here are several options for daily Ignatian prayer from around the world, some also available as smartphone/tablet apps:

Prayers from the Jesuit Tradition

Fr. Barron’s Homilies - - Fr. Barron’s “worldwide media ministry” offers a weekly podcast of his Sunday homilies, as well as Advent and Lent resources in English and Spanish at

Busted Halo - - This Catholic young adult site for "spiritual seekers" offers non-traditional Advent and Lent reflections at and, as well as many other resources.

Loyola Press 3 Minute Retreat (English or Spanish) - and - A three-minute daily retreat from Loyola Press.

The Examen (at Ignatian Spirituality) - - Here you can find many excellent resources to use to integrate the Ignatian Examen into your daily life.

Anytime Examen - - A two-minute audio recording to lead you through a reflection on the high and low points of the last 24 hours.

Praying with Our Imagination (at Creighton) - - There are several examples here of imaginative prayer for you to try, based on Gospel readings.

Praying with Art (Prayer Windows) - - Bob Gilroy, SJ, explains how to pray with art, including an online art retreat.

Magnificat (in English or Spanish) - - The classic book of daily Mass readings, prayers, and reflections is available for paid paper, online, or smartphone/tablet app subscriptions. (They also provide resources for children.)

Our Daily Bread and Nuestro Pan Diario - and - Daily devotions and Bible reading plans (including a yearly reading plan) available in print, by email, or as a smartphone/tablet app.


There are many opportunities to go on an individual or group retreat! Please see me if you'd like to discuss options or funding from the school for these or other retreats.

Sign up for a group retreat. Below are some places close by and places we’ve used in the past, and you can use their websites to see if they have upcoming retreats scheduled. (Some of these places lead a lot of retreats, while others are primarily places for people to go for individual retreats. Most offer both.)

Take time for an individual retreat. An individual retreat, whether you want some quiet time for yourself or a retreat led by a director, can be a great way to renew your faith at a time and place that works for you. Check the list below to see about scheduling one, and let me know if you’d like help finding activities or a director.

Some options for retreat houses:

Bellarmine (Barrington) –

The Cenacle (Lincoln Park) –

Carmelite Spiritual Center (Darien) –

Charis (various retreats for 20s and 30s) –

Monastery of the Holy Cross (Bridgeport) –

Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort) –

The Well (LaGrange Park) –

Or if you'd like to take a trip: (Oshkosh, MI) (Stockton, IL)

And there are many more:

Check with your parish. Your parish bulletin or parish staff can tell you whether retreats are offered at your own church. If your parish has a retreat or program you think others might enjoy, please let me know!

Spiritual Direction

Please see me or Fr. Pat Casey if you'd like help finding a spiritual director! Here are a few spiritual centers that offer spiritual direction if you'd like to get started.

What Is Spiritual Direction? A resource from Loyola Press's Ignatian Spirituality page.

The Claret Center in Hyde Park has many trained spiritual directors, and also some opportunities to work (for free) with a spiritual director in training during the school year. Call 773-643-6259 and ask for Mary, and she can talk with you about which director will be a good match for you.

The Cenacle in Lincoln Park offers spiritual direction from the Cenacle Sisters for a free-will donation.

Jesuit Resources (Terms)

El corazón de una obra ignaciana son los Ejercicios Espirituales de San Ignacio. De hecho, una obra puede ser llamada ignaciana siempre que actúe de una manera que sea la característica del carisma ignaciano: cuando intencionalmente busque a Dios en todas las cosas; cuando practique el discernimiento ignaciano; cuando se acerque a la realidad a través de un cuidadoso análisis del contexto, en diálogo con la experiencia, evaluado a través de reflexión, orientado a la acción, y abierto siempre a la evaluación.

Congregación General 35 de la Compañía de Jesus (2008), “¿Qué constituye y sostiene una obra de la Compañía?” (9)

The heart of an Ignatian work is the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. Indeed, any work may be said to be Ignatian when it manifests the Ignatian charism: i.e., when it intentionally seeks God in all things; when it practices Ignatian discernment; when it engages the world through a careful analysis of context, in dialogue with experience, evaluated through reflection, for the sake of action, and with openness, always, to evaluation.

General Congregation 35 of the Society of Jesus (2008), “What Constitutes and Sustains a Jesuit Work?” (9)

Porque Ignacio conocía y confiaba en el deseo orante de los jesuitas que enviaba en misión, dejaba muchas cosas a su discreción. Siguiendo el ejemplo de Ignacio, la Compañía espera que los jesuitas sean creativos en el desempeño de su misión según vean lo que piden las circunstancias y yendo más allá de lo que se les ha encomendado movidos por un verdadero espíritu del magis.

Congregación General 35 de la Compañía de Jesús (2008), “La obediencia” (27)

Because Ignatius knew and trusted the prayerful desires of the Jesuits he sent on mission, he left much to their discretion. Following the example of Ignatius, the Society expects that Jesuits will exercise creativity in carrying out their mission as they see circumstances require, that they will go beyond what has been asked in the true spirit of the magis.

General Congregation 35 of the Society of Jesus (2008), “Obedience” (27)

Those who attend Jesuit academic institutions to get an education should realize that, with God’s help, there will be no less intense an effort to steep them in devotion and the other virtues than there will be to steep them in the liberal arts… In sum, they should behave in all matters and undertakings in such a way that anyone might easily perceive that they are not less passionately concerned about the virtues and about the integrity of their lives than about academics and learning.

The Ratio Studiorum: The Official Plan for Jesuit Education (1599) (466, 408)

Nuestra meta y objetivo educativo es formar hombres que no vivan para sí, sino para Dios y para su Cristo; para Aquel que por nosotros murió y resucitó; hombres para los demás, es decir, que no conciban el amor a Dios sin el amor al hombre; un amor eficaz que tiene como primer postulado la justicia y que es la única garantía de que nuestro amor a Dios no es una farsa.

Pedro Arrupe, S.J., “La Promoción de la Justicia y la Formación en las Asociaciones: Hombres para los demás” (1973)

Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-for-others; men who live not only for themselves but for God and his Christ – for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for men is a farce.

Pedro Arrupe, S.J., “Education for Social Change: Fashioning Men for Others” (1973)

Cualquiera que en esta Compañía (que deseamos que se llame la Compañía de Jesús) presente asentar debajo del estandarte de la cruz, para ser soldado de Cristo… La Compañía ha sido instituida especialmente para esto: para que principalmente se dedique al provecho de las almas en la vida y doctrina cristiana, y a la propagación de la fe por las predicaciones públicas y el ministerio de la palabra de Dios, y a los ejercicios espirituales y a las obras de caridad, y específicamente por la educación en el cristianismo…

Formula del Instituto de la Compañía de Jesús (Regimini militantis Ecclesiae, aprobado por Paulo III, 1540)

Whoever wishes to serve as a solider of God beneath the banner of the cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the name of Jesus… is a member of a community founded chiefly for this purpose: to strive especially for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine and for the propagation of the faith by the ministry of the word, by spiritual exercises and works of charity, and specifically by education in Christianity...

Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus (Regimini militantis Ecclesiae, approved by Pope Paul III, 1540)

What is it to be a companion of Jesus today? It is to engage, under the standard of the Cross, in the crucial struggle of our time: the struggle for faith and that struggle for justice which it includes. The Society of Jesus… chooses participation in this struggle as the focus that identifies in our time what Jesuits are and do.

General Congregation 32 of the Society of Jesus (2008), “Jesuits Today” (12-13)

I shall not fail to recall that grace which [Ignatius] had in all circumstances, while at work or in conversation, of feeling the presence of God and of tasting spiritual things, of being contemplative even in the midst of action; he used to interpret this as seeking God in all things.

Jerome Nadal, quoted in General Congregation 34 of the Society of Jesus (1995), “Characteristics of Our Way of Proceeding”

Cuentan las crónicas que, cuando San Ignacio envió a San Francisco Javier al Oriente, le dijo: “Id, inflamad todas las cosas”… El fuego que entonces se prendió continúa ardiendo hoy en nuestra vida de jesuitas, “un fuego que enciende otros fuegos,” como se dice sobre San Alberto Hurtado. Con ese fuego, somos llamados a inflamar todas las cosas con el amor de Dios.

Congregación General 35 de la Compañía de Jesus (2008), “Ite, inflammate omnia” (25)

He venido a encender fuego a la tierra; y ¡cómo desearía que ya estuviera ardiendo! (Lucas 12:49)

Legend has it that Saint Ignatius, when he sent Saint Francis Xavier to the East, told him: “go, set the world alight”… The fire that was set alight then continues to burn in our Jesuit life today, as was said about Saint Alberto Hurtado, “a fire that kindles other fires.” With it, we are called to set all things alight with the love of God.

General Congregation 35 of the Society of Jesus (2008), “Ite Inflammate Omnia” (25)

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (Luke 12:49)

In commending this document to you, I pray that it will be another important step towards achieving our goal as educators to form men and women of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment.

Letter from Jesuit Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. (1993) regarding the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Every Christian, when faced with a choice between two or more good options – whether to marry or enter religious life, to become a teacher or an administrator, to major in music or finance – should choose that which is more conducive to the end for which she was created: the praise, reverence, and service of God. Indifference… is the interior freedom required to be able to choose that magis in the first place.

Barton T. Geger, S.J., “What Magis Really Means and Why It Matters,” Jesuit Higher Education (2012)

Prayers in English and Spanish

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary,

full of grace.

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou amongst women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Prayer of Generosity

Lord, teach us to be generous.

Teach us to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labor and not to ask for any reward,

but that of knowing we do your will. Amen.

Suscipe (Take, Lord, Receive)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.

All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace.

That is enough for me.

Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me,

Body of Christ, save me

Blood of Christ, inebriate me,

Water from the side of Christ, wash me

Passion of Christ, strengthen me,

Good Jesus, hear me.

Within the wounds, shelter me,

from turning away, keep me

From the evil one, protect me,

At the hour of my death, call me

Into your presence lead me,

to praise you with all your saints

Forever and ever. Amen.

Padre Nuestro

Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo,

Santificado sea Tu Nombre,

Venga a nosotros Tu Reino,

Hágase Tu Voluntad, en la tierra como en el Cielo.

Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día,

perdona nuestras ofensas,

como también nosotros perdonamos

a los que nos ofenden,

no nos dejes caer en la tentación,

y líbranos del mal. Amén.

Ave María

Dios te salve, María,

Llena eres de Gracia,

El Señor es contigo.

Bendita eres entre todas las mujeres,

y bendito es el fruto de Tu Vientre, Jesús.

Santa María, Madre de Dios,

ruega por nosotros, pecadores,

ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Oración de Generosidad

Señor, enséñanos a ser generosos;

Enséñanos a servirte como Tú mereces

a dar sin medir el costo;

a luchar sin importar las heridas;

a esforzarnos sin buscar descanso,

a trabajar sin mas recompensa

que saber que hacemos tu voluntad. Amén.

Suscipe (Toma Señor, y Recibe)

Toma Señor, y recibe toda mi libertad,

mi memoria, mi entendimiento, y toda mi voluntad.

Todo lo que soy, todo lo que poseo.

Tú me lo diste; a tí, Señor, lo torno.

Todo es Tuyo. Dispón de mi según Tu voluntad.

Dame tu amor y gracia,

que eso me basta.

Anima Christi (Alma de Cristo)

Alma de Cristo, santifícame.

Cuerpo de Cristo, sálvame.

Sangre de Cristo, embriágame.

Agua del costado de Cristo, lávame.

Pasión de Cristo, confórtame.

¡Oh, buen Jesús!, óyeme.

Dentro de tus llagas, escóndeme.

No permitas que me aparte de Ti.

Del maligno enemigo, defiéndeme.

En la hora de mi muerte, llámame.

Y mándame ir a Ti.

Para que con tus santos te alabe.

Por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Soup and Substance Reflections

At Cristo Rey, we have one day a month in which the students have a half day (8:00-12:00) and the teachers stay for a faculty meeting (1:00-3:45). During the lunch hour, we offer “Soup and Substance” – an opportunity for reflection and discussion, led by other faculty and staff members, with a simple soup lunch provided.


For this event, I spent about $175 on soup, bread, cookies, and drinks for 25 people (about $5 per person, considering I bought for enough for 35 people). Work for me was minimal: finding a group to present and briefly discussing their ideas, ordering the soup, picking up drinks and dessert, and setting up and cleaning up the room.


  • This is a peer-led ministry, with many possibilities for variety in reflections that reflect the lived experience of our colleagues.

  • Usually a department (of teachers or staff) leads the reflection, and department facilitators or supervisors take a leadership role.

  • It takes place at a time when most teachers and staff members are free and brings teachers and staff members together.

  • This is a rare formation event that is actually more convenient to attend than not, since lunch is provided.

  • This was a low-involvement event for me and gave some of my colleagues an opportunity to minister, even those who wouldn’t necessarily volunteer to lead a retreat or activity otherwise.

Possible disadvantages for application at other schools:

  • I don’t review all the materials beforehand, so there’s always a possibility of bad or insensitive theology. (To review everything, I would need to have an earlier “due date.” I find it useful to discuss the plan before with the leader, but usually most of it happens at the last minute.)

  • We’ve been doing this program for a number of years, so it’s easy for me to ask a department to lead a Soup and Substance and be reasonably confident that they’ll know what to do.

  • Our departments have around 5 teachers each, which is an ideal number for collaboration. Other places may find it difficult to plan a reflection with departments of different sizes – or perhaps the reflections could be run by a volunteer or a small group of volunteers?

  • We have a local deli that fills our cafeteria’s pots with homemade soup and delivers the soup for each event. I don’t think Miceli’s is the only place that would do this, but it requires making a connection with a local restaurant.

  • Increasingly, other departments have wanted to use the time after the half-day for student activities, which makes scheduling difficult – should we still have an event if not all staff are available to attend?

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