January 17, 2019 (Chicago, IL) – Today, the Cristo Rey Institute announced that the organization will serve as the Religious Sponsor of Cristo Rey Miami High School, on target to open on Barry University property in summer 2020. The Cristo Rey Institute (CRI), a separate organization from the Cristo Rey Network, is a Public Juridic Person whose purpose is to sponsor Catholic schools that are members of the Cristo Rey Network when a religious order or congregation is not available to sponsor a new Cristo Rey high school.
"We are blessed to the add the Cristo Rey Institute to the family of 37 religious orders that sponsor Cristo Rey schools," said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Elizabeth Goettl.
The Cristo Rey Institute will offer the new Miami school robust support for its Catholic mission serving families of limited financial means who would not otherwise have access to a quality, Catholic, college-and career-preparatory experience.
"As the first Public Juridic Person in the U.S. authorized for Catholic education, the Cristo Rey Institute is eager and well prepared to sponsor this new school," remarked Cristo Rey Institute President Matt Couture.
The Cristo Rey Institute will provide spiritual leadership and assure the Catholic identity of Cristo Rey Miami High School. The Institute has missioned its Miami president, Dr. William Bludgus, and has assigned Dr. Lorraine Ozar, Rev. Dr. Charles Bouchard, OP, and Dr. Bryan Froehle to serve as members of the Cristo Rey Miami High School Board of Directors.
About the Cristo Rey Institute:
Established in March 2017 through a Pontifical Decree, the Cristo Rey Institute (CRI) is a Public Juridic Person (PJP) within the canon law of the Catholic Church. CRI's purpose is to sponsor Catholic schools that are members of the Cristo Rey Network when a religious order or congregation is not available to sponsor a new Cristo Rey high school. As a PJP, the Cristo Rey Institute operates independently of the Cristo Rey Network and is recognized by the Catholic Church as able to certify that the Institute's sponsored Cristo Rey schools are "Catholic" and in good standing. CRI's two-tiered board is comprised of Class A members represented by the provincials of the Clerics of St. Viator of the Province of Chicago (Viatorians), the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The Class B tier is constituted by a majority of religious as well as several lay persons with significant leadership experience in the Catholic Church.