Today, the Cristo Rey Network and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School announced that Cristo Rey Baton Rouge will no longer be a member of the Network, effective at the end of June 2022.
"This membership decision, agreed upon by the Baton Rouge school's board of directors and the national Network board, was a difficult decision informed by local and national assessments of each party's needs," said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Elizabeth Goettl. "The determination has been formed through our mutual and unwavering commitment to make decisions in the best interest of the young people of Baton Rouge."
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School opened in August 2016 as the 32nd school in the Cristo Rey Network. Sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the independently owned and operated school currently enrolls 162 students. Since the school's inception, the Cristo Rey Network national office team has worked collaboratively with the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Board of Directors and staff to support the school's academic excellence and operational vitality.
Beginning July 1, 2022, the school will be known as Franciscan High School. Its Board of Directors and its religious sponsor, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, remain committed to meeting the needs of the students in the greater Baton Rouge area. "The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady have been privileged to be the religious sponsor of the school and are very proud of the many successes it has achieved. The Sisters look forward to continued support of this ministry," said Sister Barbara Arceneaux, Regional Minister of FMOL.
"We appreciate the efforts and accomplishments of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, including 86% of its students currently supported by paid and funded jobs in the Corporate Work Study Program," continued Goettl. "The Cristo Rey Network will continue to pray for the success of the school community."