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Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School Celebrates Success at Liturgy

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating the 10th anniversary and success of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (NDCR) in Lawrence, MA, USA. In collaboration with the Jesuits, the Sisters launched this educational venture in 2003. This high school has achieved great success, witnessed in the current student body and the alumni/alumnae. NDCR has enabled most of its graduates to succeed in a variety of colleges and universities throughout the country. This unique school has been also a strong, positive force in the Lawrence community, Merrimack Valley and beyond. Over the past few years, NDCR students, employed in over 70 workplaces, have ranked first, among the 25 Cristo Rey Network schools, for excellence in workplace performance. At St. Mary Church in Lawrence, Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated with the students, faculty, staff, parents, friends and guests a special liturgy of thanksgiving for NDCR!

Congratulations to administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents on this 10th anniversary!

Sr. Mary Murphy, President of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, speaks from her experience:

Where has the time gone! This is the response of friends of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School when told that we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary. They are amazed! Yes, time passes quickly when we experience the enthusiasm of young people seeking their dream of a college education. Time passes quickly when dedicated teachers focus their lessons on building strong infrastructures upon which student college success is built. Yes, and time passes quickly when work study supervisors, mentoring our students, watch pensive, timid and scared freshman blossom into effective, energized employees.

Over these 10 years, our 320 graduates pursued higher education in well-known colleges such as UMass Lowell, College of the Holy Cross and Fairfield University. They are doing this with an amazing retention rate. Our recent 63 graduates of the Class of 2013, having been awarded $5,000,000 in financial assistance, continue the tradition of attending a variety of 30 colleges and universities throughout the country. We are ever so proud!

Over these 10 years, our Corporate Work Study Program, in collaboration with our Corporate Partners has produced sterling student workers. These past two years, NDCR students placed first in their performance reviews from corporate supervisors. We are extremely proud of this top rating among the Cristo Rey Network of 25 schools.

Over these 10 years, you, our benefactors, have enjoyed meeting our students, listening to their stories and experiencing a genuine connection with our young men and women. You know so well how much NDCR is an investment well beyond any stocks or bonds. It is an investment in our future! So too, major foundations, not only being at the heart of our early days and continuing their support today, recognize the great track record and fidelity of the school to its mission of serving the people of Lawrence.

Yes, where has the time gone? It has gone and continues, in forward motion, to serving and helping to transform young lives! We thank our Good God for all those who have and continue to be a part of this awesome ministry we call Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School. Learn more