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DEPAUL CRISTO REY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS, DEDICATES TRANSFORMED CAMPUS

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The theme, “Celebrating a Decade of Faith, Education and Vision,” set the stage for DePaul Cristo Rey’s 10th anniversary party and blessing of its transformed campus. The October 27 celebration included students, current and former 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 three-story academic building. The construction was funded through the successful Building. Futures. Together. For A Greater Cincinnati capital campaign that raised $20.8 million.

Guests at the anniversary celebration were awed by the transformed campus and enjoyed reflecting on the school’s history and successes with speakers S. Barbara Hagedorn, SC, past president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; Sister Jeanne Bessette, OSF, founding president of DPCR; and current DPCR President Siobhan Taylor.

Teacher and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Dr. Manuel Iris, who is also Cincinnati’s poet laureate emeritus, read the poem, “A Seed and A Tree,” which he wrote in honor of the occasion. Artist Holly Schapker explained and unveiled (with student help) a tapestry she created depicting the school’s first decade and bright future outlook.

The program ended with Sister Patricia Hayden, SC, current president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, leading the guests in a communal blessing of the new buildings. Guests also enjoyed tours of the new spaces.

DePaul Cristo Rey is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school with a mission to educate young people who have the potential but limited financial means to go to college. This is accomplished through a dynamic academic program partnered 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 nationwide Cristo Rey Network® which serves 12,300 young people.

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